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.
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.