Well, it's been a while since our last blog entry. Two weeks rest (hard for a Springer!) and some anti-biotics from the vets saw his cut paw heal well, just in time for a week near Mawnan Smith in Cornwall. Perhaps we'll blog about Cornwall later but for now I'll share with you one of my favourite walks in Lancashire, the trip up Great Hill via Dean Black Brook, from White Coppice.
If I ever wanted to show anyone just how picturesque Lancashire can be, I'd take them to White Coppice on a sunny day. After a stroll round the cricket pitch, gazing across at the stunningly white cottages (and wondering how many windows are broken each summer), I'd take them for a wander past millstone grit outcrops, up the impressive ravine of Dean Black Brook, with its peaty waters tumbling down the fellside, until we reached ruined famhouses and Beech Woodlands high above the Lancashire plain. Rising higher, we'd reach the top of Great Hill and sit at the summit cairn, staring at the stunning views of Blackburn, Preston, Chorley (with the spire of the Temple glistening in the sun). In the far distance we'd spot Blackpool Tower, Heysham Power Station, the Lakes and the distant hills of North Wales before following the wide track back down to the clear waters of the Goyt. Finally, we'd have an ice cream from the cricket pavilion at White Coppice, having seen Lancashire at its best.
Well, that just about sums up todays walk! As far as the dog was concerned it was pretty much on the lead all the way as loads of sheep were grazing on the fellside. He enjoyed it though.
Doggy rating 6/10 (near perfect for humans though!)
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