Blubberhouses and Thruscross

Walk 4 - Blubberhouses to Thruscross Reservoir 8 miles- 4 hours Back to Washburn Valley

Start at Blubberhouses carpark at side of A59 main road - Cross the main road and follow the footpath through the woods on the right hand bank alongside the River Washburn to Thruscross Dam. This is a pleasant woodland walk passing the an old mill pond and mill race. Cross the river by means of a bridge on approach to the dam. Climb up the path to left hand side of the dam and pass through the carpark. Immediately on the other side of the road follow the water authority path (to the left hand side of the wood). This passes former West End village and some of the old mill buildings are which are still visible. In drought conditions the foundations of the church are visible.

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  • Thruscross Dam / The surfaced path / Ruined house above reservoir

The path eventually emerges at the road. Turn sharp back along water edge (the water authority should have fully developed this path by now). The path turns an climbs through a gate above the woodland passing over stile and eventually dropping down to a bridge. Passing over the bridge and climb up the hill to a rocky outcrop. Bear right along a well signposted path taking a straight line across the open moorland eventually taking a sharp right down to waters edge. Pass through the former sailing club (now derelict) bear left up track to meet the road. Follow the road down to the dam. Cross the dam and turn left to rejoin the path through the car park and down the hill and back to Blubberhouses alongside the Washburn to Blubberhouses car park.

Note a useful family alternative would be to start at the Thruscross carpark near dam - this would be approx 4 miles long

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This page was last updated on 12-Jan-2017


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