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Horwich, Winter Hill, Spitlers Edge, Great Hill, White Coppice, Lancashire.
[18.0 km]  Wed 15 Feb 2017

OS Grid ref: SD 64240 11508
Lat/Long: 53.598912, -02.541826

Decided to go for longish walk in preparation for Spain trip. Caught bus to Chorley then continued through to Horwich where I got off at the Leisure Centre. I walked along Chorley Old Road to Gingham Brow and walked up the track which went steeply uphill to Wallsuches where I turn left then up a muddy track where it continued up to George's Lane.

Caused by irresponsible dog owners
Here I turn right then fairly soon turn left to follow the road up to Winter Hill transmitter mast. Part way up was an old abandoned bath which dog walkers have been using to dump in bagged dog excrement, absolutely disgusting. It was very misty and I couldn't see the mast at all until I was almost there at the base buildings.
Mast base buildings
In memory of all who lost their lives at the Winter Hill Air Disaster 27th February 1958.
And with grateful thanks to the people of Horwich and Bolton for their magnificent support.
Erected by his worship the Mayor of Douglas isle of Man F. kennish (survivor) and the survisvors, families and friends of all who died.
"Somewhere around the corner all is well"

M
emorial on the Transmitter building
I took a picture of the memorial plaque to the Manx air crash in 1958 then further up the Scotsman's memorial and then continued through to the summit trig post. It was still very misty and I follow the very muddy path down towards Horden Stoops.
Scotsman's memorial
In memory of
George Henderson
traveller
Native of Annan Dumfrieshire
Who was barbariously murdered
on Rivington Moor
at Noonday November 9th
1838
in the 20th year of his age

Scotsman's memorial

Misty Winter Hill

Winter Hill trig post
It was extremely muddy and slippery and I needed to get off onto the grass otherwise I would have slipped. I reach Rivington Road, crossed over and followed the new refurbished path across Spitlers Edge. Unfortunately and had been surfaced with what looks like sand and with the rain and constant use it was now puddled into mud.

Muddy path near White Coppice

White Coppice best kept Hamlet 1996
I continued across the moor to eventually reach great Hill summit where I stopped briefly for a cold drink. I then headed down to white Coppice were the last stretch of path adjacent to the Goit was in a muddy and flooded state. Once at the cricket pitch I was on the road and the walking was then very easy all the way home.