After being contacted about a couple of concerns where the WestPennine link bridleway goes past Hole House, Darwen I went on Saturday to meet the new, very amenable, owners. They have rescued a sow who is, at the moment, in a pen at the side of the bridleway gate – not being “horsey” people they were unaware of the problems between pigs and horses . The intention is to move “Miss Piggy” to the other side of the yard but ,obviously, time and expense means that this will not happen immediately. Please be aware and patient.
The owners have resurfaced the bridleway at the side of their property to a very high standard and also replaced the gate leading up to their house with a five barred gate and a bridleway gate at the side – all at their own expense, I wish all landowners were as helpful.
The other concern was about large dogs. The two at Hole House , although large are very friendly but, more importantly, are well secured. There are several dogs in the property next door ( shared access) but,again, although very vocal are well secured.
The owners of Hole House are happy for folks to “knock on the door” if there’s a problem going past.
I would also ask folks to be on the lookout for cyclists(some!) careering past and if anyone locally has any knowledge of groups of young people going to the area to take drugs to contact the police ( there has been a large amount of detritus from drug taking left on the fields – not ideal with young children playing on the fields)