Back on the Moors

 

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.

IMG_1122

Crossing over the Goyt (the channel that takes water from the reservoir at Roddlesworth to the one at Anglezarke

IMG_1124

I decided to follow the path along the river

IMG_1129

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.

IMG_1131

IMG_1132

I took the path up the side of the hill up on to the moor

IMG_1133

and headed towards Great Hill

IMG_1137

IMG_1138

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.

IMG_1139

IMG_1138

IMG_1146

There was plenty of it towards the top of Great Hill too

IMG_1143

Apparently it’s the official flower of Greater Manchester!

IMG_1141

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

IMG_1144

The view towards Winter Hill

IMG_1145

I descended down the southern side of the prominence and then took the path west to the ruins of great Hill Farm

IMG_1147

and then climbed back on to the moor.

Reaching the intersection

IMG_1150

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.

IMG_1151

I put them right and then carried on, passing a line of abandoned shooting buts

IMG_1153

There was a good view over to Darwen Tower

IMG_1154

After a short while I reached the path that would take me down off the moor towards Brinscall

IMG_1155

IMG_1156

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)

IMG_1162

Taking the path along the Goyt back to White Coppice

IMG_1163

IMG_1166

IMG_1167

IMG_1169

3 thoughts on “Back on the Moors

  1. What a humble plant to hold such high office for the City of Manchester. But appropriate, I guess. Was Manchester at one time a hub of cotton mills perhaps? I never tire of your walks. Lovely as always.

    • Manchester, and Lancashire generally, certainly was the centre of the cotton industry. My own ancestors were mainly cotton workers and miners. At one time Manchester was known as Cottonopolis.

      There’s a statue of Abraham Lincoln in the centre of Manchester. Despite cotton being the staple of industry and, therefore, jobs, in Lancashire, workers generally supported the northern states during the American civil war even though it would have been in their economic interest to support the Confederates. It has always been a radical city

  2. You can’t beat a summer outing after work – this looks like a very satisfying example of the genre.
    I lived in Manchester for years, but didn’t know about Cotton Grass – makes sense I suppose.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.