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Blackrod Community Walkers October 2017

Dodds Lane and Borsdane Woods

It must be something in the air in October. We had a record number of 19 out with our group today. Everyone, including two dogs, were ready for the walk in cloudy conditions. We hoped it wouldn’t rain and it didn’t. Setting off from the Gerrard Arms in Aspull we walked along Dicconson Lane before turning right onto Code Lane. After a few hundred yards we turned again onto Dodd Lane heading towards Wigan. Passing through Radcliffe Home Farm we could see a lot of refurbishment work on the old and somewhat tumble down buildings going on. It looked like conversion to residences of some kind. Later, passing through Wilsons Farm, we stopped to pet the several horses in stables whilst they enjoyed their hay breakfast.

Later we stopped for a coffee break at the bridge over the Lostock to Wigan main rail line. Here some of the train spotters amongst us were pleased to see three trains pass. Each was a four coach DMU!  Moving on we walked past a large nameless farm with two very large livestock sheds and large automated feed silos. There was no clue as to what was inside. No noises of animals. Too large for chickens. What are they rearing here? Answers on a postcard please.

Later we passed Swallows Nest Barn (sold recently for almost half a million!) and walked down a narrow path to enter Borsdane Woods at the Wigan end. Pausing for a group photo we then walked through Borsdane Woods which seems to be a dog walker’s paradise. There were many people walking dogs whilst simultaneously looking at their phones whilst walking along. If they had lifted their heads they would have seen a beautiful valley full of bird song, scampering squirrels and the babbling river Borsdane.  Arriving back at the Gerrard Arms we had some welcome refreshments and lunch which was very good and served promptly. Another grand day out.  Vic

Next walk: Tuesday November 14th. A walk around Adlington. Meet at the Bay Horse Inn, Babylon Ln, Heath Charnock, Nr Chorley, PR6 9ER. Meet at 9:45 to start walking at 10. Leaders will be David and Dilys 07535 571750. If you need a pick up at St Katharine’s Church in Blackrod please contact David and Dilys