This month’s “SCRAMBLERS” walk took the group on a 8 mile circular walk form Leyland to Croston.
As with the previous walk, the weather forecast all week was showing Rain again !! but, the walking gods smiled upon us and it was dry all day.
Starting from a convenient car parking area, we followed a few little used footpaths along the bank of the river Lostock, through the fields to Holker Lane. These paths are only 1/4 mile from the main road, but you could hardly hear the traffic. Onward along Holker Lane we arrived at Lostock bridge. Again taking to the fields we followed paths that led us behind Gradwells caravan park and joining Southport Road at the site of Croston Mill Hotel (now demolished).
A little road walking took us into the heart of Croston for a well deserved lunch stop at a Thyme on the Yarrow, a recently reopened tea room with great food at reasonable prices. I shared a mixed platter for two. as you can see plenty to go at !!
After lunch, we headed passed the old cross, through the church yard and then West along Syd brook Lane towards Eccleston. Leaving the road at Croston Mills, we again took to the fields, following the bank of the river Yarrow until we came to Eccleston Church. Here we stopped for a short break to eat a scone we couldn’t resist at our lunch stop and have look round the church yard.
The only evidence of the Boxing day flood is the final touches of the refurbishment of the church hall. Hard to imagine that the grave yard was under 2 feet on water.
Leaving the church, we headed up Lydiate Lane, crossed Southport Road and again though the fields via little used path to the start.