Fourteen of us gathered at the Chetham Arms car park in Chapeltown on a warm, bright sunny Tuesday morning in May. The forecast said cloud later.
Walking out from Chapeltown we walked up to cross the railway. Here we passed some new houses built in a very upmarket modern style. All stainless steel and white rendering with a large sun deck to the rear. Clearly aimed at the aspiring executive, they seemed a bit out of character with the surrounding properties and nearby Turton Tower. Priced at over £600,000 they were probably out of our price range, certainly mine!
Turning left we headed towards Turton Golf course and followed the public footpath across the course. All the time keeping our eyes open for flying balls. We walked down the hill towards Egerton before turning right and back up the moor towards and over Turton Heights. On the way we stopped for a coffee break and took in the expansive view across to Rivington which was bathed in sunlight and a clear blue sky.
Turning back towards Chapeltown we walked up Whittle Hill and joined the Whitton Weavers Way reaching the enclosure and stone circle at the top of the hill known as Chetham Close circle. This is a Bronze Age site also known as Druid Circle. Back down Whittle Hill we headed towards Chapeltown again.
Here we went to the Chetham Arms pub for lunch. Having pre-ordered, the food arrived quickly and was excellent. The forecast was wrong, it was sunny all day. All in all an excellent day out. Vic
Next walk: Tuesday 12th June. A walk at Riley Green. Meet at The Royal Oak pub, Blackburn Old Rd, Hoghton, Preston PR5 0SJ at 9:45 to start walking at 10. Lunch at the pub (pre-order needed).
Contact Vic 07775 922433 if you need to arrange a lift.