Rufford Circular

The weather forecast had been showing a wet day all week for the planned walk on Thursday so the “SCRAMBLERS” walking Group weren’t surprised when it started to drizzle when we parked up at Bretherton. But, as they say in Iceland “ekkert sem heitir slæmt veður bara röng föt” **

This walk was a circular route, starting from Eyes Lane in Bretherton, following the track over the pontoon bridge over the River Douglas until we reached the Rufford branch of the Leeds & Liverpool canal. Here we turned south and followed the tow path until we reached Rufford. We had decided to break here for lunch and even though we were quite soggy, Tastebuds cafe at Fettler’s Wharf Marina made us most welcome. Even offering us a towel to dry ourselves.


After a refreshing break, we headed back out into the drizzle, over the railway crossing and onto the bank of the river Douglas. Here we encountered a Forest of Himalayan Balsam over 8 foot high. When I walked this route earlier there was no evidence that we would encounter this pernicious weed. Further along the river we came to the area where the breach in the banking that caused all the flooding in Croston last Christmas. As can be seen in this shot I took in April.


Area of breech in the bank of the river Douglas

We continued along the bank of the Douglas until we reached the pontoon bridge were we dropped back onto Eyes Lane and back to the waiting dry cars.

We are planning to do a monthly walk of between seven and ten mile. If you are interested check out the “SCRAMBLERS” page or speak to me at the next monthly meeting


** “no such thing as bad weather just the wrong clothes” a lesson for us all 🙂


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