Wheelton Circular 16th November


Walk leader: John Clarke

Number walking: 22 

Distance: 10.5 Miles

Weather: Dry and at times sunny

From the start point, Whins Lane Wheelton, the group joined the Leeds Liverpool canal and traveled towards Chorley eventually joining the Lancaster canal just past the beautiful flight of locks at Johnsons Hillock. The canal was followed to the Botany Bay area of Chorley where a short stop was taken to allow the group to look at some photographs from 1910 and to compare the area now to then, also the origins of the name Botany Bay were explored.
The group then followed Old Bagganley Lane to the base of Healey Nab which was duly climbed. A short stop was made at the summit of The Nab for hot drinks and to take in the view of Chorley below, then it was onto White Coppice for lunch.
After lunch the group followed The Goit to Brinscal then climbed up through the village along School Lane before turning right onto Sandy Lane and picking up the path over the tops through to Oakmere Avenue in Withnell.
The group then dropped down along Oakmere Avenue across Blackburn Road and into the lovely village of Whitnell Fold.
After passing through the village the group rejoined the canal and travelled back along it to the start point.
A lovely circular walk made all the more enjoyable by dry and at time sunny conditions and the stunning Autumn colours on display throughout the entirety of the walk, but particularly along The Goit and canal sections where the reflections in the water were quite stunning.