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Wednesday January 10th. Horwich to Hollywood and Back. 14 miles. Leader: Chris Langabeer.

14 miles. Weather: Foggy at first, brightening up with some sunshine.

22  walkers set out from Horwich on the road to Hollywood.

Walking past Horwich cemetery there was a short climb to Bottom o’th Moor before passing  Coleman’s, the oldest recorded house  in Horwich, built in 1425 and after modernisation was recently on the market for £3 million.

Passing by the Old Links Golf course and Bolton Wanderers training ground, we arrived at the Elizabethan Gatehouse to the now demolished Lostock Hall. Formerly the home of the Anderton Family.

Onwards, we crossed the Bolton to Preston Railway line to arrive at Chew Moor to recross the Railway and walk over Bolton Municipal Golf Course and arrive at our objective Hollywood, or  rather Hollywood Lodge, the gate house to the former estate known as  Hollywood. The main building is now called Beaumont Private Hospital.

We then walked to  Markland  Hill, Doffcocker Lodge, where lunch was taken. Crossed over an extremely muddy field where points were lost according to my number 2!

After crossing Bolton Old Links Golf course and reaching Barrow Bridge, there came a steep climb  leading us to Smithhill Dean Road, further climbing saw us reach the edge of Smithills Moor. Next came a short downhill section before the last climb of the day up to Burnt Edge.

From here it was downhill all the way! we passed Moncliffe Quarry, walked through Arcon Village to arrive back at our cars. Several members of the Group then spent a pleasant hour in the Ale House Pub.

Thanks to everyone for coming on the walk, I hope you enjoyed it.