The Harry Harwood Tunnel Walk - November 2013
A recent walk took us to
My dad, Harry - who I walked with every
Saturday (excluding the football season!) throughout my youth, had worked at
Star Paper Mill, Feniscowles,
Stanworth Woods is famous for the Eco Warriors encampment (Swampy et. al.) trying to prevent the building of the M65 motorway. The so called “Village in the sky” in 1997. A mucky track with the cutting still very evident took us to the woods. On the O.S. map the river disappears close to the disused railway line re-appearing a half centimetre later. Could this be our tunnel site? A battle through the undergrowth down from the old railway and into the Roddlesworth river valley and a shout from Pete that there was a tunnel entrance. Could we get through it? The question was more could we stay dry of foot and get through!
The tunnel as can be seen has remained in good shape and getting through it posed no problem.
However! At the far end our exit was blocked by a lake presumably caused by damming of the water.
The way on looked slippery and deep. After some discussion we retreated and walked over the top of the hill. A big engineering project to build the tunnel and the railway line constructed above it.
We continued our
walk passing an elaborate target practice site for a local gun club. We saw the
warning signs AFTER passing by! Coming
into Feniscowles via
Across a field – note the stile without boundaries! Bricks made by the Withnell Brick Company.
From here we found
our way back into the
Worthy of note is the Graffiti to be seen on the bridges of the M65 (we passed under the motorway twice) How do they do that?
We ended as we had begun along the disused railway track getting very muddy in the process. A good day out and all the better for our finding the tunnel from times gone by.