Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

Walk: Park Lane, Old Doozes, Lodge Wood, Arly Farm, Further Lane and Hoolster Farm
Start Point: Samlesbury Hall, A677 Grid Reference: SD 625 305
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 450 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Dry and sunny with a cool breeze. Wet underfoot in places.
Comments: This figure of eight walk was over tracks, lanes and field paths. The walk offered views of Mellor, Preston, Beacon Fell, Longridge Fell and Billinge Hill to the south. Being spring, leaves on trees and wild flowers were bursting forth. The sound of bird song could also be heard. Entrance to Samlesbury Hall is free and the café provides good food well presented. On the down side one young lady came a cropper when a dead tree branch tripped her up. She appeared not to be hurt.

A connecting bridge at Samlesbury Hall

More of Samlesbury Hall

And more of the Hall

The leader making a point

Dogs please make note -- there is no longer an entrance fee to pay

Leaving Samlesbury Hall via the Lodge Gate

A delay at an awkward stile

An inviting lane - alas it's not a public footpath

The sun shines on the righteous

An unusual Mail Box

Seating provided for the break

The leader leading from behind

An abundace of Bluebells

Foliage on the trees bursting forth

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