Here's a collage of the six bridges in Borsdane Wood. Top left 1st bridge at the entrance at Aspull, top right 2nd bridge, middle left 3rd bridge crossing the brook to the 60 steps leading up to Keepers Cottage, middle right 4th bridge, bottom left 5th bridge next to the waterfall, bottom right last bridge before Hindley.
Comment by Mick on 3rd September 2017 at 07:20
I like the top left bridge best because its a combination of steel and wood handrails
Comment by Rosie M on 3rd September 2017 at 08:48
This is a lovely wood,stretching from Hindley to Aspull (Dicconson Lane)end.Enjoy walking through regularly.Thanks for the pic.
Comment by Fred Mason on 3rd September 2017 at 09:21
Interesting compilation, Harry.
I wonder what the same scene would look like in the winter and spring.
Comment by Gary Leece on 3rd September 2017 at 09:25
I cannot thank you enough Harry. I recognised the first bridge immediately and the steps up to the keeper's cottage.
The other bridges have different side barriers than was the case in 1953/54.
That piece of woodland is a gem.
Comment by Julie on 3rd September 2017 at 10:10
Lovely pictures brings back good old memories when I was young, we all used to mess about in there as I am from aspull. never forget how life used to be in those good old 70s years, not like today its awful and bad. Thanks Harry for these wonderful pictures.
Comment by Henry7 on 3rd September 2017 at 12:36
Great pictures of an ancient wood, brings back many childhood memories.There used to be some old cottages at the entrance to the wood at the Hindley end, think they are long gone.
Comment by Harry C. on 3rd September 2017 at 13:20
Thanks all, I often walk through the woods it's more natural than Haigh Plantations, and quieter, more suitable for dog owners. Fred if you look on photo a day 3/11/08 there's a photo of the brook looking more like a river that I took during the flooding we had. H.
Comment by irene roberts on 3rd September 2017 at 15:13
We've been in the wood on Christmas Day; it was some years ago with our dogs, (now sadly gone). It was magical! To be honest, lovely though it is, I wouldn't like to walk through on my own....there is a silence you can almost hear and it can be a bit creepy, almost as if someone is watching you.
Comment by irene roberts on 3rd September 2017 at 15:50
Henry 7, I vaguely remember the cottages from when I was a very small child....I have a feeling one was a little shop, or at least a place where you could buy toffees or a drink.
Comment by . Ozymandias . on 3rd September 2017 at 15:58
That would most likely have been me Irene. I spend quite a lot of my spare time hiding in the trees in Borsdane wood watching people go past. In fact my case comes up before Wigan magistrates in a couple of weeks time. Apologies if I frightened you.
Comment by Veronica on 3rd September 2017 at 16:51
I must admit I have never ventured in Borsdane Wood but I'll bet my Crompton ancestors did -it looks lovely.
Comment by Henry7 on 3rd September 2017 at 17:27
Irene, I used to go to Castle Hill school with a girl who lived in the cottages, her name was Eileen Peers.
Comment by Fred Mason on 3rd September 2017 at 18:52
Yes, that's quite a shot, Harry. ( 3/11/08 ). Looks more like the Mersey..!!!!!
Comment by irene roberts on 3rd September 2017 at 19:23
I'll bail you out, Ozy! x.
Comment by Ken R on 4th September 2017 at 21:43
Irene, I lived in Aspull and would occasionally walk through Borsdane and I agree with your description of the feeling. I was always glad to get out, and this would be 70+yrs ago.
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