Walk­ing and weav­ing

By Black­burn Cor­po­ra­tion and turned into the present Wit­ton Park. The iron gated tun­nel was an ice house for the man­sion and the or­na­men­tal steps and stone works were part of the land­scaped gar­dens.

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JOHN LENE­HAN’S hike takes us from Wit­ton Park to Billinge Hill via a memorial to Al­fred Wain­wright

Wit­ton Park has al­most everything a fam­ily could need for a day out. There are play­ground fa­cil­i­ties for the young­sters and an ad­ven­ture play­ground for older children. There are also all weather flood­lit foot­ball pitches and Wit­ton Park Arena with an athletic run­ning and field event track plus gym and fit­ness stu­dio.

There is a small an­i­mal zoo in the old sta­bles, now part of My­er­scough Col­lege, a lovely lily pond and, for the hun­gry, a nice lit­tle café in the pavil­ion.

There are many walk­ing routes around the park and oth­ers in­volv­ing the dom­i­nant Billinge Hill and an ori­en­teer­ing course. I de­cided on a route that takes in Billinge Hill and utilises some of the 32-mile long dis­tance Wit­ton Weavers’ Way.

play­grounds and keep on un­til the road en­ters the woods then take the right fork that leads to­wards the build­ings of My­er­scough Col­lege. Keep to the right of the build­ings and pass the small an­i­mal en­clo­sures on the left then go up some steps that lead to an iron gated lit­tle tun­nel.

Turn left and carry on up the steps and reach a junc­tion in a path, turn left and follow the path up­hill into the woods and keep bear­ing right to reach some or­na­men­tal steps and stone work. Go left down the steps and keep straight on then on the right there is a metal gate stile leading into a field.

Cross the stile and head straight on to­wards a metal gate. When you reach it turn left and follow the path with a fence on the right to a stile leading into the woods. Cross the stile and keep straight on with a fence and a meadow on the right. Do not be tempted to follow any paths that go left down­hill. The wire reaches a path junc­tion and turns right. Follow the path up­hill with the wire fence on the right. Cross two metal stiles on ei­ther side of a track to a farm and then a lit­tle fur­ther two more metal stiles and keep up­hill un­til reach­ing a tar­mac track. Cross this and go through a tun­nel in the wall op­po­site.

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