It's quite while since our last blog. Worden Park has been our most frequent destination, not least because of the wonderful dog wash in the main car park. Just the job to get the dog clean after a good muddy run in the rain!
Today's weather was a welcome change, so we headed off to Hoghton for a (partial) riverside walk to Pleasington and back. We parked up at the top of Chapel Lane and followed the road for 3/4 mile or so to Hoghton Bottoms, bearing left at the bottom to the small footbridge over the river.
From here, we took the well signed path right past the picnic table alongside the picturesque river Darwen. The dog had a wonderful time off-lead, splashing in the river, before the path headed off inland past Pleasington golf course towards Pleasington Road. Parts of this route were very muddy in places, with little option but to grin and bear it. The dog was of course in his element wandering through slurry but Dogs Dad wished he'd worn boots rather than trainers!
On reaching Pleasington Road we turned left past the church, walking carefully along the road before reaching the gated Long Lane where the dog was once again off-lead back down the hill towards the river. Once again, parts of the path were very muddy, requiring a short detour through adjacent fields to avoid one impassable stretch.
We returned to Chapel Lane hot and tired, the dog probably wishing he'd had his summer "number 2 all over" cut and Dogs Dad wondering why he was wearing his fleece jacket.
Overall a nice walk with quite a few off-lead opportunities. The footpath erosion, numerous stiles (mainly dog friendly)and mud make it completely impractical for anyone with mobility difficulties or buggies though.
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Doggy rating 6/10