Walk No. 143
Walk around Clayton Brook 16-
Fortunately, the adverse weather conditions of storm Dennis, forecast for Sunday the 16th didn’t materialise in our area and as such our planned walk proceeded with 17 participants and Molly the dog setting off at around 2.20p.m. from the Asda car park at Clayton Green. Using a gate at the far right-
Our route took us alongside the high perimeter wall, to follow a path down through the trees to its junction with another, where we turned to the right and continued along a single-
On resuming, and passing through a tunnel under the M65 and reaching the opposite side, we branched left, the road still being called Brindle Rd until it changed into Pippin St, where a couple of fairly ancient stone cottages were seen. Following a fingerpost to the right took us down a farm track and through the yard of Chesham House Farm. We were greeted with the usual pungent country smells often associated with such places and a rather large lake of brownish coloured liquid, necessitating us carefully picking our way along the edge to make further progress. One of our members, however being more adventurous thought SHE would try an alternative route, which, despite advice to the contrary, when she was almost up to her knees in the stuff, probably realised that it hadn’t been the best of ideas after all. Doubtless when our leader got her home he would point out the error of her ways.
Leaving through a metal gate and across two fields interlinked by gates, brought us to the edge of the M61, and having crossed a complex double stile arrangement, we passed through another tunnel bringing us onto Clayton Brook Rd where we turned left. Continuing to Westwood Rd, we branched right until we passed St Bede’s Primary School and Nursery on the left and the new Lidle store built on the former site of the Pines Hotel on the right Crossing the A6 Preston Rd into Clayton Green Rd we soon regained our starting point.
We had been more than fortunate with the weather and although the wind chill had probably made it feel colder than it actually was, the 4.5 mile round-