FRIDAY 31st MAY 2019
Come Walking Series of Walks and GM Transport Walking Festival of Walks
White Coppice and Wheelton Moor
The starting point of this walk is the furthest, of the Friday night walks, from Greenmount however, it is one of the most popular walks and it was not surprising that twenty-five people arrived to start the walk, even though a few were delayed due to their satnavs having difficulty finding White Coppice.
White Coppice is an attractive hamlet which was once at the centre of local industry and is now more famous for its picturesque cricket ground. We started our walk by walking in front of the attractive stone cottages, to the left of the cricket pitch. Passing through a kissing gate on our left we joined a footpath which headed in the direction of Brinscall and followed along the bank of The Goit which is a channel built to connect the local reservoirs. At the second bridge over
The Goit we turned right, across the bridge, and followed a pleasant footpath through Wheelton Plantation climbing gently up onto Wheelton Moor.
Once on the moor we turned right onto a wide track where we spent some time admiring the views across the Fylde Coast, with clear views of Blackpool Tower and the outlines of the Welsh Hills. We also enjoyed the sight and sounds of curlews, lapwings and skylarks before heading towards Drinkwater Farm.
At the end of the track a number of walkers made a short detour to visit the ruins of Drinkwater Farm and the famous Joe’s Cup which is a memorial to a local fell runner.
The rest of the group turned right and headed down the steep path which follows Dean Black Brook back down to The Goit. All around on the side of the moor is evidence of how nature is able to reclaim the land after industrialisation and it was hard to imagine what the view would have been like two hundred years ago.
Once back at White Coppice cricket ground we walked past the pavilion and onto the road leading to where we had parked our cars having covered a glorious 4.5miles.