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.


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





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.

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