Heading along the East side of Upper Rivington Reservoir.
White Coppice Cricket Ground.
At our lunch spot on Grey Heights.
Anglezarke Reservoir, looking in need of a drop of water.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.4 miles. Climb: 762'.
Time: 4 hours 48 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.1 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike, Celia and Elaine G.
Overall this was just about perfect for a day out in the countryside, and lots of others thought so too. We saw lots of D of E groups as well as some of their teachers trying to keep track of them, and arriving back at the Lower Barn Car park, people were everywhere, it was a good job we all arrived well before 10-00 a.m.
The birds seen or heard on the walk were few and far between, it's a good job the company was good!
We arrived at the White Coppice Cricket ground a little earlier than expected, no cricket, but they had opened their club house and were selling refreshments to walkers passing through.
We arrived at the entrance to find that the paths were now well marked, something that had been done since our last visit a few years ago.
Lunch was taken sitting on the stones around the cairn on Great Heights, with good views over Chorley and towards Hurst Hill and Anglezarke Moor.
Overall a very pleasant walk, almost a stroll around this series of reservoirs, all of which seemed in need of lots of water.
Birds seen or heard today included: Wood nuthatch, European robin, Mallard, Canada goose, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Common buzzard, Moorhen, Chaffinch, Common blackbird, Common starling, Sparrowhawk and Pied wagtail.
It was good to see Elaine and catch up with the latest news about her family. We saw lots of people, none were pupils that new us, however as it was part of Elaine's local patch, she did encounter one that knew her! Hopefully the next time we walk in the Bolton area, Jon and Paul will be able to join us too.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Chesterfields Inn, where we sat outside, basking in the weak sunshine, but still pleasantly warm.