Houghton Bottoms Walk
15 of us set off in dry, sunny conditions from the Royal Oak at Riley Green & headed for Houghton Tower behind the pub through the fields. Following the signed footpath round the woods, we crossed the Preston/Blackburn railway line & headed down to Houghton Bottoms. First break was at the weir on the Darwen River just under the railway viaduct. We carried alongside the river & then headed over fields to cross the road at the site of former paper mill Star Paper (Peter reminisced about his former working days at the mill). Second break came once we arrived at Leeds/Liverpool canal. Final stroll along the canal & return to the Royal Oak for excellent food (especially the pies) & Nutty Black beer was popular & went down well! Dave
Next walk: Tuesday 10th July. Darwen Tower from Abbey Village. Meet at the Hare & Hounds pub, Bolton Rd, Abbey Village, Chorley PR6 8DP at 9:45 to start walking at 10. Lunch at the pub afterwards (pre-order needed). Leader is Vic 07775922433.