THE FYLDE AROUND GREAT ECCLESTON.

Wednesday 2nd December.  6.5 miles.  Great Eccleston.

Great Eccleston is a village in the Fylde, that often gloomy and flat area of Lancashire not known for its walking. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book so has ancestry. It is known locally for its traditional shops, good pubs, a weekly market and its annual agricultural show which incorporates tractor pulling competitions, a niche motor sport. I parked up at noon on a sunny day, one needs the bright sun on these featureless landscapes. There was a bit of a market in the main street. I noticed one of the pubs has closed. There is an old pinfold down the street.

I left by Leckonby House, named after a wealthy local who bankrupted himself and ended up In Lancaster Prison. There was a C18th dovecote strangely isolated in the next field.

The St. Annes church at Copp was a prominent landmark up the road. It was established here in 1723 halfway between Gt. Eccleston and Elswick as a chapel of ease for St. Michaels. Nearby is a local primary school and opposite the old schoolhouse. It seems odd that the school is so isolated but I suppose it followed the church originally.

Elswick down the road is another small village on the road to Blackpool famous for its ice cream parlour. Also tucked next to the United Reformed church is an old chapel with a date stone of 1671 when this area was a centre for Nonconformity. The chapel is rather plain and has a house built onto it, it is now used as a hall for the adjacent church.

It was time to take to the boggy fields just as a hail storm blew through giving rainbows over the distant Bowland Fells.

Another stretch of lanes led towards drainage and flood defences. Here I got tangled up in barbed wire fences obstructing the right of way, later contacting the local authority they already knew of the problem. Surely the fencing contractors should be made aware of the need for stiles in the appropriate places. At last, I was on the embankment and following the Wyre downstream, a popular route for dog walkers. Walking around the loop was fast and easy which was needed as the sun was beginning to set. I had time to look at the Cartford toll bridge and the adjacent pub which has been modernised since I used to drink here 40 years ago. More rainbows appeared with the passing showers.

Being back here reminded me of a rather disastrous day walking the start of the Wyre Way.

The lights were on when I arrived back in Great Eccleston’s marketplace.

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8 thoughts on “THE FYLDE AROUND GREAT ECCLESTON.

  1. John Bainbridge

    Domesday is a wonderful source. Of course go up a bit and what’s now Cumbria isn’t in, which is a pity. It was all Scotland at the time.

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  2. Michael Graeme

    The Fylde doesn’t automatically spring to mind when you think of walking, but it goes to show you can find interest anywhere if you’re prepared to look.

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    1. bowlandclimber Post author

      All part of my quest to find ‘something new’ each day. Quite enjoyed it, I didn’t know about the Pinfold or the old chapel in Elswick. The rainbows were a bonus and showed up well in the flat landscape.

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    1. bowlandclimber Post author

      Yes I was in a tight spot with barbed wire all around me, I found a piece of plastic to lay over the top wires but still snagged my jacket and trousers. I was annoyed as this was the access to the flood embankment which seemed a popular walk. I remember us having some difficulties in the area on our straight line coast-to-coast route.
      When we can finish that project?

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