A Witton Weavers' Winter Warmer
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Join Mike, Andy, and the OutdoorLads for a mid-winter circular 8-mile walk from Witton Country Park in Blackburn to Hoghton Bottoms. We will start our journey from the car park on Tower Road, (Pleasington playing fields), and make our way through the woodland, parkland and farmland of Witton Country Park, former home of the Feilden family.
Witton House was sadly demolished in the 1950s, but the historic outbuildings remain. We will make our way up through Billinge Woods and visit the Wainwright memorial at the top of the hill, paying tribute to famous fell walker, Alfred Wainwright.
We will then pass through the village of Pleasington via Pleasington Priory and the Golf Club before walking alongside the River Darwen towards Hoghton Viaduct, a Grade II listed railway viaduct passing over the River Darwen. Our walk will then take us upstream crossing woodland and farmland before we meet the main road leading back towards Pleasington.
We will stop for lunch mid-way through the walk. There will also be an opportunity to stop for refreshments in one of the local establishments in Pleasington before heading back to the car park.
All photos taken by M. Rhodes - with permission.
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What to bring
Rucksack: a day sack large enough to carry a packed lunch and spare layers of clothing.
Footwear: A robust pair of hiking boots, preferably waterproof.
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally not jeans which become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry.
Waterproof jacket: essential at this time of year.
Waterproof trousers: recommended at this time of year.
Hat/gloves: It might be quite cold.
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Food & drink
Water: I would recommend bringing two litres.
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars or fruit etc.
Lunch: please bring a packed lunch as we will have a lunch break at the mid-way point.
Thermos flask: you may wish to bring a hot drinks flask – tea/coffee etc.