Cuerden Valley Ramble

The Ramblers first walk on Thursday started when we all met up in the carpark of the Ley Inn, Clayton le Woods.

Nine of us set off at 10.30 heading south into the woods at Whittle and then into the valley heading down to the ruins of the dye works at Kem Mill. This was of interest as some of the walkers had not been in this part of the valley park. The day was very pleasant and dry as we continued south towards St Johns Church. Leaving the park for a while we crossed the Lostock river and walked alongside, around the cricket pitch and back across the river. Here the path followed the banks of the river again and becomes quite narrow with plenty of exposed tree roots and three stiles.

This path leads into the grounds of Liseux Hall part of which has now become a nursing home. We followed the lane out of their grounds and at the junction with Dawson Lane turned right onto the cycle path that led back into the valley passing Clayton landfill. At Kem Mill we turned north again following the river until we came to another path that would take us over the river again and uphill back to the pub.

The walk took just an hour and half and we got back to the pub as it opened. In the pub the walkers had their choice of refreshment and we had a very sociable hour or so sitting around together.

I think all agreed it had been a good first outing, could perhaps have been a little longer and perhaps a little more strenuous. The weather was very kind to us and I was asked to order good weather for our next outing.

ROGER TAYLOR

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