My walk this week was based at Parbold in Lancashire. I had two walk descriptions from old copies of Country Walking magazine. Neither were long enough by themselves but as they both came within a few hundred yards of each other at High Moor I reckoned I could link then to create a good 8 miler.
We parked at the layby near Parbold Hill on the busy A 5029 and crossed a couple of fields to reach some woodland. Crossing a footbridge we continued along a footpath alongside a stream. The recent snow had all melted but it was very muddy and slippery.
Heading roughly north we reached High Moor where we swapped to our second route description. Out objective was Harrock Hill with the ruined windmill at its summit. Little now remains but you still get the sense of its massive size.
We now headed south following field paths and a short but very steep section of road walking to reach Hunters Hill. Turning off towards an old quarry we found a bench where we could pause for lunch. There were extensive views over the Lancashire Plain but the visibility was far from ideal.
We continued south to carefully cross the road and the railway to reach the Leeds Liverpool canal just a dozen or so miles from where I had walked last week. We now had a pleasant stroll along the towpath to bridge No 40.
We crossed the bridge and followed the track which led us to Fairy Glen. This is an enchanting place at any time of the year with little waterfalls cascading down to the stream. At the moment the ground was covered in leaf litter but you could see the bluebells just starting to push through. It will be spectacular in a couple of months time and I will be back with my camera.
We had only done 8 miles but it had taken us over four hours, an indication of the rough going.
Nearly back home we called for a pint. A few heads were raised at the sight of three men shuffling towards the bar clutching their backs. Yes, that was us. We had seized up. Half an hour later we strode out with straight backs. The recuperative properties of a pint of Abbots Ale are amazing!