Lancashire is fantastic! Now, there's a positive statement to start the day. Although I'm from Devon, which of course I have to say is the best County in England, I feel privilaged to now live in a place which has so much variety in its landscape and so many great places to visit. The walk from Brinscall, near Chorley, to White Coppice and back is one of them.
Our route last Sunday took us from beside the swimming baths in the Brinscall and along Lodge Bank to join a path adjacent to the now disused Blackburn to Chorley railway line. We followed a fairly well signed footpath through woods and fields to join the Goit near Trigg Lane. Here, the dog was allowed off lead whilst we walked along the bank, enjoying some late afternoon sunshine and the sound of the water on it's journey from the Tockholes Reservoirs to Anglezarke.
We soon reached the small village, if you can call it that, of White Coppice where a good number of people were enjoying ice cream, team and cake bought from the cricket pavillion. Not to be outdone we joined them with an ice cream and a doggy treat before heading across the bridge to the moorland footpath on the opposite bank.
Here, the dog was back on lead for the return along the bracken edged path back towards the woods near Brinscall. On reaching the woods we headed up the hill to join a wide woodland path, passing some interesting farmhouse ruins, which eventually led us to Well Lane and back to our starting point. One word of caution, there are some small waterfalls near the junction with Well Lane with a steep drop. Although the falls are fenced to some extent, keep your dog (and kids) under close control.
We love this walk. Water, woods and moorland. Who could want more! God bless Lancashire.
Doggy rating 7/10
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