WALK NO. 2B. WOODNOOK FARM – CUERDALE HEY – BEESTON WOOD – HIGHER BARN FARM
This second walk starting at Woodnook is very pleasant and a little shorter than route number two.
FOLLOW THE SECOND ROUTE UNTIL YOU REACH FOX LANE (*), THEN TURN LEFT TOWARDS CUERDALE HEY.
JUST BEFORE THE LANE ENTERS THE YARD, THERE IS A STILE ON THE RIGHT WHICH TAKES YOU BEHIND THE HOUSE. WALK ALONG THE WALL/HEDGESIDE UNTIL YOU REACH A SMALL FOOTBRIDGE ON THE LEFT; CROSS IT AND CONTINUE ALONG THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE HEDGE, PASSING ANOTHER RIGHT-HAND STILE WHICH GOES TO HOGHTON LANE.
(This path can in turn lead to another on the opposite side of the road, which goes across the parkland of Brindle Lodge to St. Joseph’s Church and then returns to the Straits).
WHEN YOU REAcH THE POINT WHERE THERE HAS EEEN A HEDGE ACROSS THE FIELD, MOVE ONTO A SHORT, LEFT DIAGONAL LINE AND GO OVER A STILE ON THE SLOPE. (A SLIGHT GAP IN THE TREES INDICATES THE POSITION).
KEEP FAIRLY CLOSE TO THE LEFT-HAND HEDGE UNTIL THE LAND FALLS AWAY TO BEESTON BROOK; THEN BEAR SLIGHTLY RIGHT AND CROSS ANOTHER FOOT-BRIDGE IN THE BOTTOM CORNER.
WALK UP THE LEFT-HAND HEDGESIDE, PAST A DOUBLE POND AND OVER A STILE AT THE END OF THE WALL.
On the right is Quaker Brook Farm, where a bridlepath leads to Cripplegate Farm and the Coppice. Hoghton Station can also be seen and the church tower stands out prominently behind.
PROCEED ALONG THE RIGHT-HAND FENCE/HEDGESIDE FOR A FEW YARDS, CROSSING THE STILE AND TURNING TOWARDS THE FARM LANE.
Higher Barn Farm possesses a very fine 17th century barn, which is a grade 2 listed building and on the right is Mawdsley Fold where a bag full of old coins was once found.
CROSS THE LANE AND BEAR RIGHT THROUGH THE NEXT FIELD TOWARDS A GATE ON ROACH ROAD, WHICH IS NEARLY OPPOSITE A PAIR OF SEMI-DETACHED HOUSES. TURN LEFT AND YOU WILL SOON ARRIVE BACK AT THE STARTING POINT.