|Walk:||Witton Park, Billinge Hill, Witton Weavers Way, Houghton Bottoms, River Darwen, Pleasington Priory|
|Start Point:||Witton Park||Grid Ref:||SD 662 270|
|Distance:||7.5 miles||Ascent:||800 feet|
|Weather:||Dull in the morning but sunny in the afternoon|
|Comments:||After walking past the Visitors Centre we
were surprised to find a woodland area with a playground and tables.
Much too early to stop for a break we continued along the path to the
foot of Billinge Hill. With a variety of possible paths through the
woodland we eventually found our way to the summit, which had a
convenient bench for a brief stop. From here we headed through the car
park and along the Witton Weavers Way past Butler's Delf. The path then
took us on to meet the River Darwen where part of the path was closed
because of subsidence alongside the river bank. There was no great
difficulty in getting past the affected area and we were soon heading
through fields and along tracks to Pleasington. A brief walk around the
Priory revealed a building worth exploring when we didn't have muddy
boots on! From here it was a relatively short walk to Butler's bridge
and pas the playing fields of Witton Park.
Unfortunately I had forgotten my camera so there are no photos of this walk.