FRIDAY 13th JULY 2018
WALK 9 of the COME WALKING SERIES
WHITE COPPICE CIRCULAR
The starting point for this walk was from White Coppice cricket ground which is said to be in one of the most attractive settings, for a cricket ground, in the country. A group of twenty-five walkers started the walk by passing in front of the cricket pavilion and going through the kissing gate that took us onto a moorland track which climbed steeply up towards Great Hill, the summit of which we were to leave for another day.
The track passed several ruined farms which, it is said, were bought and demolished by United Utilities in order to reduce pollution leaching into the water supply. Part way up the hill reached a wide track which was as far as we intended to climb.
Before turning left along the track we made a short detour to the right in order to visit the site of ‘Joe’s Cup’ which can be found in a hole in a stone wall and is in memory to Joe Whitter, a local fell runner who died in 1991. It is custom to leave a few coins in the cup for anyone who needs it.
Once we had made our way back along the track we were disappointed that the views which we should have seen, from this point, were obscured by low cloud. However, we could see the reflection of the sun shining on the Ribble estuary which made up for our initial disappointment.
At a point where the track takes a sharp right-hand turn we turned left and followed a narrow path which took us down into an attractive woodland where it was sad to see that several very large trees had fallen over, maybe due to the dry conditions. A number of the tree trunks were across the path which made our progress difficult at times.
The path eventually reached a wide track where we turned left, having made a decision not to walk into Brinscall as this involved a walk along tarmac roads. We continued along the track which eventually reached a bridge over The Goit, a channel constructed to carry drinking water from Roddlesworth reservoirs to the reservoir in Rivington. Once over the bridge we turned left and made our way back to White Coppice having covered a distance of 5 miles.