This scenic walk by the water at Bretherton passes some important historic sites
Having previously described a walk from nearby Tarleton and followed the Leeds-liverpool Canal (Rufford Branch) to its sea lock on the River Douglas, and then the Douglas to the River Ribble and the sea, I thought it would be interesting to explore the canal and Douglas in the opposite direction from Tarleton towards Sollom. I wanted a circular walk as usual, so plotted a route from Bretherton. It proved to be scenic and very historically interesting.
1Leave the Blue Anchor car park and turn left and follow South Road until it reaches the war memorial then turn left down Eyes Lane and follow this as it turns right at its junction with Back Lane. Keep on Eyes Lane until it turns sharp left and at this point leave Eyes Lane and keep straight on, following a track to a T-junction close to the impressive Bank Hall that is being refurbished. Turn right and follow the track to where it joins the A59 then turn left and follow the A59.
Note: Bank Hall is a Jacobean mansion and is truly impressive even while it was being refurbished.
It was built in 1608 with further extensions added later. It was vacated in 1972 and allowed to deteriorate and eventually was vandalised.
This could have eventually led to complete collapse or demolition but The Friends of Bank Hall and Heritage Trust for North West and Lottery Funding have raised enough money for a complete restoration.