|Walk:||Tootle Heights, Written Stone, Springs Farm, Buckley Hall, Pinfold, Elm House|
|Start Point:||Corporation Arms||Grid Reference:||SD 617 373|
|Distance:||5 miles||Ascent:||500 feet|
|Weather:||A fine and sunny winter's day|
|Comments:||A recce of the short Christmas Dinner walk to show Jim the route so that he will be able to lead it on the day. As usual the beginning of the walk was very muddy but the rest of the route was quite good underfoot.|
Spade Mill Reservoir
An unusual development on Written Stone Lane
Jim treads the Autumn carpet in the woods
Ford & footbridge near Springs Farm
A large inscribed stone measuring eight feet long, two feet wide and
one and a half feet deep was placed beside an old road
(now known as Written Stone Lane) in Dilworth during the 17th century.
The words ‘Ravffe Radcliffe Laid This Stone to Lye For Ever A.D. 1655’
are deeply cut into this stone
The reason why the stone was placed is unknown,
though several stories have grown up around it.
Keeping to the left of the third pond . . .
the reflections of the hide are clear
A play fort at Elm House . . .
is surrounded . . .
by standing stones . . .
with sculpted heads