2018 05 31 Burnley Way Part 1

Official Start Of Burnley Way Marker
Extwistle Hall (Elizabethan) 
Rock & Roll At Hurstwood 
Hurstwood Hall 
Rhododendrons In Sheddon Clough
Norman, Ian, Hazel & Kim
’The Burnley Way' is a tricky one to balance into two days walking and provide suitable car parking etc'. 
Public Transport is not reliable.
However, if any of you are thinking of offering to lead walks don’t be put off, leading can be very satisfying, rewarding and after all making a few mistakes is part of lives journey.
We all contribute to the LDWA mix, organising our club’s, running events, leading walks, making mistakes occasionally, forming relationships, something there to satisfy everyone, I think.
Thursday 31st May 47m. 
8.30am Start, from Queens Park CP Burnley:
Our group for this the harder of the two days was, Hazel, Kim, Norman, Peter and fresh of his 100 success our very own Ian Hull. Congratulation’s are in order after such an amazing performance.
Check out my article on the LDWA facebook page.
From the CP we headed up the Brun Valley to Briercliffe, getting the extra 5 miles over with at the beginning,
passing through the beautiful mixed native trees of Hagg Wood and by the ruin of Extwistle Hall.
Heading out of Briercliffe following the field system into Thursden Valley and more pleasant woodland.
Burnley Council invested heavily throughout the Borough with trees at the millennium.  
We had our first refreshment stop by Thursden Brook, before tackling a two mile stretch uphill on the tarmac to the footpath taking us above Widdop Res’ and through Gorple Gate onto the lovely moorland section across and down to Hurstwood Res’.
After lunch by the res’ and continuing to enjoy the outstanding sunny weather of May, we made our way down through the attractive Hamlet of Hurstwood and on through the interesting area of Sheddon Clough, with all the beautiful Rhododendron Bloom’s. 
Up from here to the Long Causeway at the Maiden Cross CP, along the road for a half mile, picking up the track for Stiperden House, right there and over two rough plantation’s to the charming Pudsey Clough.
From the bottom of the clough bear right and next left on good tracks, taking us round and up to Brown Birks.
Taking in the views up and down the Calder Valley/Cliviger, we dropped down again crossing over the Todmorden/Burnley Railway and across the A646 at Portsmouth, to pick up the footpath that took us up and onto Heald Moor. By now the humidity was beginning to take it’s toll with some of the group but not the indomitable Mr Hull, oh no! He was into is stride now and was waiting for everyone further along at the trig on Theiveley Pike, seemingly fresh as a daisy. Here we took our third and final refreshment stop of the day.
Refreshed we took the steep downhill to meet the railway near Holme Chapel, walking under the line twice and then through fields, passing the coppice known as fireman's helmet, another field, under the railway again and into the dwelling of Walk Mill Cliviger.
Left through the hamlet, right by the bridge, through more fields and up to another marvellous building, Barcroft Hall 1636. Another field to pickup the path left down into the Townley Park area of Burnley.
From here another 2 miles to the finish, through the streets of Burnley and back to the CP.
Day 2 to follow.