Last Wednesday was the start of our mini-heatwave. I decided to finish work a little early and head off up on to the Moors for a walk. I drove over to White Coppice and parked up opposite the cricket field and then set up towards Great Hill.
Crossing over the Goyt (the channel that takes water from the reservoir at Roddlesworth to the one at Anglezarke
I decided to follow the path along the river
Although a today it’s a peaceful rural hamlet on the outskirts of Chorley, White Coppice was once an industrial village and there are plenty of traces of the lead mining and quarrying that used to take place here up the clough.
I took the path up the side of the hill up on to the moor
and headed towards Great Hill
Looking out over to Anglezarke. The mound of Round Loaf was visible as was the main mast on Winter Hill. Extensive cotton grass (“bog cotton”) could be seen making the moor almost look like it was covered with snow.
There was plenty of it towards the top of Great Hill too
Apparently it’s the official flower of Greater Manchester!
On reaching the summit, visibility was good (much better than the last time I was here at the beginning of May). Looking north east over towards Darwen Tower and Pendle Hill
The view towards Winter Hill
I descended down the southern side of the prominence and then took the path west to the ruins of great Hill Farm
and then climbed back on to the moor.
Reaching the intersection
I decided to take the path over the top of the moor towards Brinscall
A group of lads on their D of E exhibition had strayed off their route. They should have been heading to White Coppice.
I put them right and then carried on, passing a line of abandoned shooting buts
There was a good view over to Darwen Tower
After a short while I reached the path that would take me down off the moor towards Brinscall
Rather than cut through Wheelton Plantation, I decided to walk down into the village. I skirted the old Lodge (a small reservoir that would originally have fed a mill)
Taking the path along the Goyt back to White Coppice