Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Wednesday 9 November 2011 – The Lancashire Trail (Part 2) – Abbey Lakes to Coppull Moor

Plodders: Martin, Reg, John, Jim, Norman, Bernard, Don and Allan

I’m afraid that time pressures call for a very short entry.  Reg has managed a more considered record of events – on this web page.

Eight stalwart Plodders assembled at Abbey Lakes for this little stroll.  It was very short for R Norman (58) on account of his having recently lost some tubes from his legs.  (Very careless!)  He deserted us in favour of an ice cream van.

A liberal dosage of mud was involved, on this fine but gloomy day.

We passed three pubs and a restaurant during our headlong rush to Coppull Moor, but thankfully Reg (our leader) relented at the end and allowed us to succumb to the pleasures of drink.

Route adjustments were needed.  Bizarrely, I was able to assist with some of these, thanks to my first edition guide book, although I’d never before walked the route, which R Norman thought he knew like the back of his hand.

Some impressive vegetables, an Armada Beacon, at which brownies were consumed, and a dessicated windmill all featured on the route, from which North Wales and the Isle of Man would have been clearly visible in finer weather.

Not that it was raining!

Here’s our route – 21km, 350 metres ascent, in a leisurely 5.5 hours.

Our route - 21km, 350 metres ascent, 5.5 hours

A hastily annotated (please excuse the poetic license) slideshow of this fun day out is here.

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