Today we took a short stroll along generally well made paths and through open fields close to Leyland Lane / Centurian Way in Farington. Our route took about an hour including time for a spot of fetch. This area is currently the subject of some contoversey, being close to where the proposed Waste Plant is to be built for for now it remains pleasant enough. I lived very close to a waste incineration plant in my youth in Exeter (which was also near to prime dog walking territory) and I have to say it didn't bother me at the time.
Our walk started on Leyland Lane where it crosses the river Lostock just north of Golden Hill Lane. A signposted footpath led us alongside the river past a fairly new estate and on to Mill Lane. A small footpath leads over the river and you can continue along Mill Lane to its juntion close to Centurian way. Although it's marked as a "lane" it must have been some while since it saw any traffic - it's more of a woodland path which probably sees the odd motorbike.
At the junction we followed the obvious wide "track" to the right which led to the edge of Farington Woods. Quite a pleasant walk past the woods took us to some open fields which provided the dog with plenty of opportunity for a mad run around.
Finally, we made our way back to the bridge and watched the owners of a large escaped pet parrot try to coax it down from a tree (yes they did manage it!)before returning back to Leyland Lane.
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Goggy rating 5/10