Wednesday, 12th September 2018

Walk: Clayton Hall Quarry, Lisieux Hall, Whittle le Woods, Cuerden Valley
Start Point: The Ley Inn, Clayton-le-Woods Grid Reference: SD 574 227
Distance: 5 miles Ascent: 305 feet
Time: 2.75 hours
Weather: Sunny and dry after overnight rain – a little cooler than of late

Jane and her “Followers” chose a shorter walk of three miles whilst the main group of fourteen clocked up five miles.  The main walk was in and around the southern half of Cuerden Valley through which the River Lostock flows.  On the outward journey the group passed the former Clayton Hall Quarry, which is now a tip.  Not a pretty sight!  Shortly after, they walked through the grounds of Lisieux Hall which is run by the Brothers of Charity as a Nursing Home and Day Centre for persons with learning difficulties.   The group then followed close to the River Lostock through part of Cuerden Valley Park, visiting the ruins of Lower Kem Mill on the way.  The mill was once used for Dying and Bleaching.  The latter part of the walk was via paths off Sheep Hill Brow, which gave access to The Ley Inn.  Here both groups enjoyed good food.
















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