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Feb 3, 2019 at 09:30

A CIRCULAR WALK FROM WHEELTON BY WAY OF WHITHNELL FOLD & WHITE COPPICE.

                                                                Sunday February 3rd 2019

The Walk      

Starting at the Dressers Arms we make our way downhill to the Leeds Liverpool canal & follow this towards Blackburn till we reach the village of Whithnell Fold.  Passing through the village we progress uphill over a low fell down to the village of Brinscall. A pleasant stroll through Wheelton plantation leads on to White Coppice. From here we cross over fields leading to a lane that leads us back to the Dressers arms. A distance of approx 7.5 miles.

The model village of Whithnell Fold & Paper mill were built in1843. All the houses had a small garden & outside toilets!! Paper production started in1844 & soon had a reputation for the finest quality.The family business was taken over by Wiggins Teape in 1890 & the last batch of paper was made in 1967. 

The hamlet of White Coppice was a hive of industry at the start of the industrial revolution with many small quarries & coal mines in the area. It also had a cotton mill powered by a water wheel on the Black Brook stream later replaced by a steam engine. The water pond is still visible

The Start                                                                                                                                          

Meet at Parbold shops at 9.30 am or the Dressers Arms at Higher Wheelton at 10.00 am. We have permission to park in the pub car park so please keep the number of cars to a minimum, and as far away from the road as possible.                                                          

Directions.

At Standish traffic lights turn north on the A49, in Euxton turn right at the Bay Horse Pub traffic lights into Euxton Lane sign posted Chorley/M61. At roundabout take first exit, on past Chorley Hospital to another set of traffic lights. Keep in left hand lane and follow signs for M61/A674. Go over the M61 and follow A674 signed Blackburn. In approx 1.6 miles after the M61 roundabout turn right into road signposted Brinscall. The Dressers Arms is immediately on your left and the car park is opposite.

Facilities.

There are no toilets en-route, but there is plenty of cover in Wheelton Plantation and also the toilets at the pub.

Safety

Most of the paths are in reasonable condition but some of the paths over fields could be wet & boggy, so make sure you have waterproof clothing & footwear.

Walk Leader

Peter- 01257 251572 or 07851 252 829

Enjoy the day

 

For information about the Parbold Ramblers see Walks page or contact Carole 01695 633138

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