2018 06 02 Burnley Way Part 2

Mummified LDWA Member
New Recruit? 
Shuttleworth Hall 
Anglers In The Calder Padiham
Twenty! Young Chicks At Padiham
BFC Training Ground Gawthorpe
Slaters Terrace Weavers Triangle
Lynn, Kevin, Ian, Kim & Norman
Day 2:
Saturday 2nd June 22 miles
8.30 am Start: Queens Park CP
Our group for the second part was, Kim, Norman, Ian, myself and Lynn & Kevin from Brighouse.
Heading out from the CP crossing the road, through Queens Park, over the top of Burnley via Brunshaw and right down into Towneley Park to pick up from Day 1.
Skirting around the magnificent Towneley Hall, we picked up the Boulder Walk Path to the Bacup/ Cliviger Road at the top of the park, crossing to the footpath and into the woods passing the Towneley Coke Ovens, left and up through more trees and out onto the A646.
Crossing for the path up through fields and meeting Burnley Golf Course.
Here you have a choice of route across the GC or left skirting around it, even though there was probably no danger of being hit by flying golf balls with no one playing due to the heavy mist, I chose the slightly longer and more attractive option across a couple of rough field's and up a nice gully with yet more trees to even more mist onto the Crown Point Road.
We where not getting so wet to be uncomfortable and happily continued, crossing the road and over the moor passing the former Burnley Isolation Hospital site, down onto Manchester Road at Wholaw Nook.
Safely across the road we made our way up and around to Higher Nutshaw, with only a dim view of Clowbridge Res’ down to the left. However the trail took us through a very elaborate garden, with a fine specimen in the form of a Big Brown Bear.
From here we took the track onto the top of Hambledon Hill, not the highest point on the Burnley Way, that distinction was claimed by Theiveley Pike 1473’ on Day 1.
Sheltering from the wet mist being swept by the wind on Hambledon, we took shelter behind a low building by the ariels and a refreshment stop.
Continuing on the track beyond Hambledon Hill, we veered right along a hard stoney path across and down the moorside to High Barley Green with Thorney Bank Clough down on the right.
At the bottom we went left to a Conifer Plantation, down through the wood and left over a stile to the aptly named Miste Farm to cross the A674 again.
Coming out of the mist now we where beginning to get some decent views.
Over the road through the fields to Childers Green, over a footbridge and right onto the Mill Hill Lane, left after a short distance and into Castle Clough Wood.
At the end of the wood a short left took us to a railway crossing and before we had reached it two trains came  passed. The ever alert and ex-railway employee Ian, noted that neither of the trains used their horns at the crossing. Safely negotiated we passed under the M65 and immediately left over a stile, through the field to Shuttleworth House, right behind the house to the L&L Canal, over the bridge and doubling back onto the towpath. Walking the towpath briefly, under the A6068 bridge and right at the old bridge for Shuttleworth Hall.
When I recced this walk, I noted the overgrown/hidden footpath away from the house here and reported it.
It was disappointing to see it had not been cleared. This is Burnley’s flagship trail after all, I shall be onto them again, suggesting an opt-out alternative is not good enough, there is still the busy A6068 to cross.
In fact there where a number of faults along the whole route, showing signs of neglect.
Everyone safely over the road we made our merry way down and left towards Padiham, through a number of Buttercup Fields, crossing the River Calder and up into the towns Memorial Park, where we sat and ate lunch in pleasant conditions.
Picking up the river briefly again at the bottom of the park, up through the wood and into town, down the main street, noticing the new Micro Pub for future reference, right at the Town Hall, along the river again, under the road bridge to join the track by the River Calder all the way to our crossing at Pendle Bridge.
Passing yet another great old building Gawthorpe Hall on the opposite river bank and Burnley FC training facilities. Up Ightenhill Lane from the bridge, left through fields after a quarter mile, diagonally up and over to the outskirts of the town of Burnley. Bearing left at the housing, down to the river again, right alongside it into Calder Park.
Through the park onto Pendle Way Drive, up to the Canal Towpath after a quarter mile on the left.
Walking across the aqueduct over the M65, continuing along the towpath through the Historical Weavers Triangle Area of Burnley and the magnificent Straight Mile Embankment overlooking the town.
Having passed Thompson Park Burnley, we dropped off the towpath and took the path through Bank Hall Park area, formerly the largest off Burnley’s many Coalfields, taking us back to our stating point.
Peter Smith. (Pendle Pete)