Blue skies and fluffy white clouds this morning accompanied us on our run over Two Lads, Winter Hill, Spittler’s Edge, Great Hill and back via White Coppice giving us a decent fourteen miles. Back held up reasonably well so a good outing in fine conditions before the rain came on after lunch.
Looking promising as the sun hits the Lower Barn at Rivington
Half Mast – as the clouds on the tops begins to clear – from Georges Lane
The Mast from Two Lads Cairns
Still a bit of snow on the tops
Great Hill Summit above and below
Darwen Tower from Great Hill Summit
Looking back to Winter HIll from the track to Brinscall
Ice beginning to melt
It’s been a while since we’ve headed out to Brinscall and these underground animal shelters have always been a mystery. Having done a bit of research I think their origin was covered in a BBC Countryfile programme in April 2012 which featured the story of the lost farms of Brinscall moor, numbering about 50. The tenant farmers were encouraged to move out when the land was acquired under compulsory purchase order, in the 1902, by the Liverpool Corporation Water Works, which needed to secure a source of pure drinking water. The Corporation proceeded to plant trees across large areas of land on the moor. This deliberate afforestation effectively removed the pasture for the farms' sheep grazing and by the 1930s all the farms had been deserted.
The Lost farms of Brinscall Moor
From Brinscall along the Goyt to the village of White Coppice and its cricket pitch and pavillion
From the path back to Rivington from White Coppice
Great morning out on the tops in good company