Hoghton Tower and Bottoms walk
Although the weather didn’t look promising, 14 intrepid walkers set out from The Royal Oak pub at Riley Green. We were immediately diverted round a field that had been left fallow, but this allowed us to get a good look at Hoghton Tower.
Walking past the Tower woods we crossed the Blackburn/Preston railway line (no trains to spot) then under the impressive Victorian viaduct to arrive at Hoghton Bottoms. The weir was in full spate and made an impressive stop to take on rations. Through fields alongside the river Darwen saw us meet up with a large mud bath! One walker literally got stuck in the mud and had to be rescued out of her boots to get out! Through the former Star Paper Mill works (one walker reminiscing about former work days there) saw us climb up to the Leeds/Liverpool canal for the easiest part of the walk.
As the rain was becoming more persistent we cut out the last mile and headed for the warmth and dry of the pub where we enjoyed an excellent lunch. Dave W
Next walk: Tuesday 9th July. Longworth Clough and Charters Moss walk. Meet at the Black Dog pub car park in Belmont BL7 8AB at 9:45 to start walking at 10. Lunch at the pub afterwards (needs pre-ordering). Leader Vic 07775922433.