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6th August 2017

Coach Trip to Broughton in Furness

Broughton in Furnace is a small market town on the southern boundary of the Lake District National Park.  Its history dates back to the Doonsday Book and was given a charter to trade in 1575.  Walks will be available along the River Duddon and within the area designated as a SSSI, look out for lizards, deer, adders and barn owls. 

A Walk

No volunteer to lead this walk. 

B Walk Leader Michael Counter Walking Distance 9 miles moderate

We alight the coach at Gawthwaite on the A5092 and then follow the Cumbria Way passing Kiln Bank, Tottle Bank and on towards Cockenskel.  It is here that we now take to the bridleway over Woodland Fell to Green Moor and on to Row Ridding.  A track through the woodland takes us to Latter Rigg Moss and Middlescough to reach Wall End.  Field paths now take us into Broughton in Furness 

This walk does not involve much hill climbing and offers extensive views of the Fells around  Coniston and lower lakes.  

C Walk   ​Leader Paul Brown ​​​Moderate​ 8 miles

We start at Broughton in Furness and follow the route of the former Foxfield to Coniston railway for about a mile, then continue along tracks and country lanes towards High Rosthwaite and Woodland Parish Room. We then join a bridleway and climb through Green Moor Wood to Green Moor, then continue southwards to Spunham before reaching a country road.  We climb past Woodland Hall to reach Thornthwaite Latter Rigg, hopefully good views from here of the River Duddon estuary. We then descend to cross Kirkby Pool ( footbridge ), then walk to  Boothwaite Nook and Eccle Rigg, before returning to Broughton along the Cumbria Coastal Way. Some ups and downs on this walk, muddy in stretches. Some very high dense bracken on the route, Paul will try to find a way to avoid this on the day. Best advice is to cover up as much as possible when walking through bracken.                              

D Walk ​​​ Leader Carol Higgins ​​​Moderate    5.5 miles

Our undulating walk starts from the Market Square and heads north eastward across fields and through deciduous woodlands, crossing the footbridges over Galloper and Kirkby Pools before reaching the slopes of Thornthwaite Latter Rigg. Edging round this we follow a path that winds a bit, climbs a bit and goes over a little rough bit of Latter Rigg before descending westward through a large birch wood towards the valley and Kirkby Pool again. Crossing the valley we enter now ancient woodland and follow a track to a road and then follow another winding track up to join the old railway track which we follow to the lakes and grounds of Broughton Tower. A walk through these gives us the final vista from the West Park before we head into Broughton. There are two ladder stiles and a stile on this walk and it's advisable to wear boots as it can be soft and slightly muddy in places even though it's mainly on good paths and tracks

 

Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points

Blackburn Coach

08:00     Darwen : Boots Duckworth St

08:05     Darwen : Lynwood Avenue

08:05     Ewood : Empire Theatre

08:10     Blackburn : Penny Street

08:20     Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog

08:25     Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre

08:35     Accrington :Whalley Rd, opposite Music Box 

08:40     Accrington : Victoria Hospital

08:50     Clayton : Hare and Hounds

08:55     Harwood : Nightingales Garage

09:00     Whalley : King Street

09:05     Clitheroe : York Street

Burnley Coach

08:15     Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road

08:20     Colne : Colne Bus Station

08:20     Colne : Library

08:25     Colne : Alkincoates

08:30     Barrowford : Heritage Centre

08:40     Nelson : Bus Station

08:45     Brierfield : Town Hall

08:50     Burnley : Brennard Street

08:55     Burnley : Bus Station

08:55     Burnley : Tim Bobbin

09:00     Padiham : Whitegates

09:05     Padiham : Town Hall

09:10     Clayton : Hare and Hounds