Toilet & Tea stops:
Light Ash Farm – Toilets and cafe (superb homemade cakes)
There is a large car park next to St Helen’s Church in the beautiful little village of Churchtown. The Punchbowl pub is close by and offers excellent lunches. NB: The latter is now closed 2018
Proceed through the edge of the churchyard away from the village to an old Victorian wrought iron gate. Through this and head through the meadow to the footbridge over the River Wyre.
Once over carry straight on and through a pair of stiles.
Ignore the track to the left following the river. However take the next left, technically a left bend in the road. The road bends right and meets another road by some bungalows. Keep right here.
On meeting The Gate House carry straight on through some tall, green, open wooden gates, over a stile and into a wood. This delightful path runs straight as a die under the cover of trees.
Hop over the stile at the end.
Now at this point, it depends exactly what time of year it is.
If it is winter and most vegetation is dead then turn right and follow a tiny track along the brook, curving left at the end until you meet a good sized concrete footbridge.
If it is summer, the whole area resembles the Amazon jungle. Turn left along a tiny track and make your way as best you can to a stile. It is only a distance of about 50m. Over this stile and exit into a field. Turn right here and follow the trees on your right, through an open gate into another field and then up a grassy slope to find the footbridge.
Cross the footbridge and set off along the embankment to the right of the River Brock all the way to a gate which is by another road bridge on the track to Light Ash Farm / cafe.
NB: Light Ash Farm is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.