|Walk:||Wheelton Plantation, Solomon's Temple, Roddlesworth Reservoirs, Hollinshead Hall, Redmonds Edge, Jepsons Gate, Stronstrey Bank|
|Start Point:||White Coppice||Grid Reference:||SD 619 190|
|Distance:||12.6 miles||Ascent:||2,020 feet|
|Weather:||Sunny with a cold wind|
|Comments:||A 'make it up as you go' walk, I was pleased to find that a path is now visible heading from Belmont Road to Redmonds Edge. Initially this is a wide track marked on the map but after turning east there are signs of a way up to Redmonds Edge on this Open Access area of the moor. Leaving the main path at Redmonds Edge I then found another unmarked path which joined the track leading to Lead Mines Clough. An enjoyable day with lots of sun.|
This ruin may have housed people employed by the calico printworks which closed in 1928 and is found near the edge of Wheelton Plantation . . .
while this ruin is next to a small quarry just outside the plantation
Looking over Wheelton Plantation to Preston . . .
and zooming in on the football ground
The sheep decide to take their leave . . .
but a couple of lambs are more curious . . .
and this one is quite brave
The ruin of the farm known as Solomon's Temple . . .
a popular stop for walkers
As I take a break . . .
one sheep comes for a closer look . . .
showing off its curved horn . . .
and enjoying a sunny spot
The water looks rather low in this reservoir
Ready for take-off
Crossing Rake Brook
Can't identify which type of goose these are
Come in number 10!
Roddlesworth Reservoir with Darwen Tower on the horizon
A bird's nest spotted near the reservoir . . .
what a construction!
Not much water in River Roddlesworth . . .
even where it is channeled . . . .
over the flat rock
The bridge over the river . . .
provides a good drink stop
The ruins of . . .
Hollinshead Hall . . .
and the nearby Well House . . .
and a peep inside
Winter Hill from Redmonds Edge
Lead Mines Clough . . .
where the gorse is in full bloom
Manor House is a Grade II listed building and was formerly known as High Bullough, from a family of that name. It has a 1604 date stone and other stones inscribed "RS", "WS", and "WL1778"
Healey Nab . . .
and more gorse in bloom