BROMLEY  CROSS  -  18  DEC


Twentythree walkers and three dogs descended on an East Lancashire member’s home on a beautiful December Tuesday morning for a stroll around three local reservoirs (and a visit to a local pub).

Kath Page devised and led the day’s walk starting and finishing at her house in Bromley Cross.

She had informed all the neighbours and, luckily, arranged for plenty of parking spaces.

At 10pm prompt she set off with us, promising a 10 mile route with no hills or mud!

We skirted round the edge of The Last Drop Village and on through Turton Golf Course down to Turton Tower along a badly eroded road. We stopped at the tower to admire the building before heading on to the west side of Wayoh Reservoir.

We followed the reservoir and took advantage of a permissive footpath up to the side of Entwistle Reservoir dam wall. Here Kath consulted the time and said we where making a good pace and we had time to walk around the manmade lake.

This was well worth the extra mileage with trees decorated for the festive season, it also gave us the opportunity to wash our muddy boots as the water was over spilling over onto the path in several places.

Following this it was up to “The Strawberry Duck” our lunch stop. Kath popped in to see if it was OK to eat our own food outside and, having got permission, we enjoyed our picnic, washed down with some of the “Duck’s Delights”.

Having dined it was onward and downward back towards Wayoh Reservoir, this time walking along the Eastern side and up to Edgeworth. Where we initially walked away from our next Reservoir destination skirting round the eastern side of Edgeworth and dropping down to Turton Bottoms and then following the river to Jumbles Reservoir.

We walked round the eastern side of the reservoir before heading up back to Kath’s at Bromley Cross.

Kath did deliver on one of her promises, no hills, but it would have been virtually impossible to avoid mud.

This did not really matter as she had been up at 6am the day before baking a wonderful selection of cakes ready for our return, washed down with a choice of tea, coffee or mulled wine.

A really enjoyable 12 mile (extra mileage around Entwistle Res) stroll out in a lovely part of Lancashire in pleasant company.


NeilW (East Lancs) Photos: Paul Woodcock