Friday 16th June 2023
White Coppice and Brinscall
On a very hot and humid evening ten walkers met at the picturesque village of White Coppice, along with many supporters of the local cricket teams, as the Old Boys team was playing against the Junior eleven. After walking passed the cricket field, said to be one of the most attractive in England, we turned left and joined a footpath that took us around the hill called The Lowe and up onto a path alongside The Goyt. The Goyt is a canal that is used to transport drinking water from Brinscall to the reservoirs at Anglezarke.
After walking along the towpath for a short distance we turned right across a footbridge, over the Goyt and headed through the dense wood, known at Wheelton Plantation. Once out of the wood we followed a footpath, on our right which took us over the moors up to Wet Meadows. At this point we joined a track on our right from where we had commanding views over the West Pennines, and to the north, misty images of the three peaks in Yorkshire, Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside.
The track eventually arrives at the ruins of Drinkwater Farm, and a memorial to a local fell runner, in the form of Joe’s Cup. The route back to White Coppice was just before Drinkwater Farm, which was steep and difficult due to the loose stones. Once safely down, the slope, we crossed the footbridge over the Goyt and to the cricket ground, where the festivities were still in full swing after the cricket match, which the Old Boys won. It was just a short walk back to where we had parked our cars having covered 4.5 humid miles.