Wednesday 6th March 2019 at 10.30 a.m a Walk: around Blackburn Road area
We met at St Paul’s Community Centre, Halliwell Road.
Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 10. 30 a.m a -Walk: Over to Mortfield – circular walk
Above image: Herbert Shepherd Cross – Shepherd Cross Street is named after him.Herbert was MP for Bolton.
(Above; the weather brightened for us rain ceased)
Saturday 17th August at 1.00 p.m (duration 1 hour) Around the Ashworth’s estate
over the fields to the
It was certainly a damp one! A hardy group ensemble we were. Including Harvey the dog.
Turning left outside the museum, up the steps by the car park, follow the path onto Green Way. Left, take a right up The Stray and cut across the field. There is a path which meets Oaks Lane and a continuation path opposite which follows the line of the railway lines.
We spotted an old boundary marker post (above) Lancashire and Yorksire Railway.
These are the old gate posts for Birtenshaw Hall, this was another home for the local Ashworth Family.The path brought us close to the present day Birtenshaw School.Right onto Turton Road, under the railway bridge, left up Shady Lane and onto Grange Road.A path on the right is signposted to Jumbles reservoir. We paused at the Ousel Nest Woods interpretation board.
Following the path down. First to run ahead was Harvey the dog who fancied a swim.
Pausing on the bridge close to the dam, holding back the water for Jumbles reservoir, created 1970s.Retracing our steps, on Grange Road we turned left, there is a signposted footpath on the right. It leads to a bridge over the railway line.We paused to look at some photos showing steam trains, presented by local historian David.
Left down Hillside Avenue, coming onto Chapeltown Road. Retracing our steps bacl along the path to the museum.
Sunday 29th September at 1 pm (duration 2 hours) meeting point Smithills Hall, Smithills Dean Road, Bolton, BL1 7NP Walk: Smithills and Thornleigh area includes tour of Smithills Hall, circular walk. (Originally this walk was planned to go down to Hill Top)
We started off with a brief tour inside Smsmithills Hall.The weather was rather damp, we agreed a different route than originally planned due to the weather.We took the bridge by the lake, down to the coaching house.
Old coaching house and former stables. Turning right following the path towards the farm.
With all the rain the Astley Brook was very full!
Taking the path to the rear of the car park at the farm, by Oldhams estate.
We then took a detour so Terry could show us the plaque above, on the wall to the rear Thornleigh School. “RHA” were the initials for Richard Horrocks Ainsworth, associated with the Smithills estate.
The road brought us onto Oldhams Lane, then turning right onto Crompton Way. Taking the path right by Astley Cricket Club – the path was known as “mile board lane” historically there were boards along it, potentially to mark the land.
Following the road back up to the farm retracing our steps back to the hall.
Tuesday 1st October 2019 Walk: Firwood Fold and along the Bradshaw Brook
Crossing at the lights towards the Bolton Castle Pub;
Local historian Terry (striped brolly) told a lovely story about Nat Lofthouse (footballer) running the pub in the 1960s. Unwritten rules for ex-footballers running pubs; passing teams could pop-in and the licensee had to stand them a round (buy). Obviously the road here can take you to Blackburn, so whenever they played at Burnden Park, they stopped here and Nat had to buy them a drink.
Original plan to cut through to Bradshaw was curtailed (above is bridge on previous day’s reccy)We took the path right, bridge over the Bradshaw Brook, the rain had caused water levels to be incredibly high.Local historian David shared with us that the brook next to the weir is the boundary marker for the old UDC areas of Bolton and Turton.And always with a sense of fun…my group participation request to indicate the boundaries was enthusiastically fulfilled. Terry (left) is the “B” of the Bolton boundary whilst Steph (right) is showing the “T” for Turton 😁We then ascended up to Scope-o’th-Lane onto Tonge Moor Road.Crossing the road, right up Ripley Street we caught sight of a pacer train under the bridge…..above…you are never too old to enjoy a train! Back to the museum.Above photo – a mushroom growing on Green Way.Tuesday 8th October 2019 at 10.30 a.m (duration 2 hours) meeting point Hall ‘th’Wood Museum, Green Way off Crompton Way, BL1 8UA – Walk: Bradshaw Brook to Harwood circular walkIt was a wet start at Hall i’th’Wood whilst we waited to set-off. However it remained dry all the way round!Across the path opposite the museum, passing Green Way Community Centre, right on Green Way, right up The Stray across the field to Oaks Lane.We paused to look at a photo corner Bradshaw Brow and Turton Road from local historian David. Showing Scowcrofts corner shop, the family were philanthropists. And would you believe it…amongst the group (above) we had a member of the Scowcroft family on our tour!Turning into Bolton Aboretum we bumped into a Council Officer and member of “Friend’s of Longsight Park” marking out spots for new benches in the park. (Above)The trees here, have tags (above) denoting their species.Last week the bridge above was flooded and we couldn’t use it.