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Blackrod Community Walking Group

Longworth Clough Walk

A return to Longworth Clough in August. The previous time was July 2015. This time the valley was in the full flush of summer. So much so that we needed a machete to get through some of it! A bit like the jungles of Cambodia someone said.

This year there were 12 of us and one dog, Harvey. The previously closed first section of the route was now open. The Wildlife Trust, who looks after this valley, had rebuilt a bridge that had been damaged by a land slip in 2013. With rain the previous day and the high ferns it was quite wet to begin with. Later on the path gave way to a wider track where we could see yellow iris but not much else besides cow parsley and the ever present Himalayan Balsam.

Walking up past the Delph reservoir damn we came to Walmsley Chapel. Founded in 1632 (during the reign of Charles I) it was first built in 1713 (during the reign of Queen Anne, the first monarch of the UK following the act of union in 1707). Here we had a snack in the company of some of the former residents of Walmsley and the well-kept flower borders and lawn.

Through Dimple we made our way through the Charters Moss plantation of pine trees. A very different experience from the section along Longworth valley. Along part of the Witton Weavers Way by the plantation we turned across the fields back towards Higher Whittaker and Belmont and could see the spire of St Peter’s church. Now it started to rain. Only light drizzle but enough to need to put on jackets. Down the path by Eagley Brook was also quite overgrown and the steps down to the Belmont dye works were almost invisible in the undergrowth. A last trek through Maria Square brought us back to the Black Dog at Belmont where we started. We all enjoyed a well-earned lunch which for Eddie involved the Pile-It-High Burger!    Vic

Next month: Meeting on Tuesday 12th September to start walking at 10am at The Black Horse Inn, Long Ln, Limbrick, Chorley PR6 9EE. For a walk to Rivington and Anglezarke. This is about 6 miles with hills. The leader will be Ken. If you need a pick up from St Katharine’s in Blackrod give Vic a call 07775922433.