Our next walk on Thursday 15th March will be in the area around Hoghton Tower. Alan Fairey and I did the recce yesterday starting at the Royal Oak in Riley Green. According to a write-up of the walk from Lancashire Life it is a 4.5 mile walk but we think it is a little longer. It took us 2.5 hours to get back to the pub where we had a pleasant snack lunch.
There is a short section of the walk along the main road, followed by a mile or two along the tow path of the Leeds-Liverpool canal before we cross the main road to Blackburn near Feniscowles and then we cross farm land and fields to reach the River Darwen and follow it downstream for about 3/4 mile. Here we would recommend you have your camera as you will be in for a big surprise if you haven’t walked here before.
Owing to the recent snow and rain this area is quite wet so boots rather than stout shoes are the order of the day, Alan found his walking pole useful and I wished I had brought something similar. From the river there is a sharpish climb up from Hoghton Bottoms before we cross the railway line and walk around Hoghton Towers boundary wall. We then cross the main drive to the Tower before rising to fields once more from where we have direct line of sight to a lighting tree. Once that is reached the welcome sight of the Royal Oak is in front of us with but a few hundred yards to sustenance and comfort.
The landlady of the pub asked us to let her know how many would be eating so that we can all sit together, I would therefore be grateful if you can let me if you intend to join us.
As previously we will meet up in the Tesco car park, near the Clic and Collect, at 9.45 for a 10.00 start.
A bit more effort than our last walk will be required as there are hill to climb and tracks to descend. Sometimes going down is harder than going up. There are also one or two stiles to climb over.
Looking forward to seeing all.