Corporation Park, Blackburn – a spring revisit

My Monday walk this week was done just yesterday on yet another gloriously sunny blue-sky morning. Wanting to get away from walks in my immediate area but not really wanting to drive too far I decided to let the train take the strain, as the tv ad once said, and go to Blackburn to revisit Corporation Park. A reasonably early start meant there were no buses from my area down to the main station in town so a mile-and-a-half walk took me to a smaller station on the Bolton to Blackburn line. With a train due just after I got there I was in Blackburn soon after 9am and an easy walk through the town centre took me to the park situated on the outskirts about quarter of a mile away.
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Approaching the main entrance
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Halfway up the main path I took a minor path leading through the trees on the right to the larger of the two lakes then bypassing the smaller lake I headed towards the west end of the Broad Walk. Passing in front of the Conservatory I noticed its derelict condition was still as bad as when I first saw it last year, and though I stopped to look at the birds in the nearby aviary taking any decent photos of them proved difficult as there was a barrier and a great deal of narrow gauge mesh in front of them.
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The lime trees along the Broad Walk still had to gain their leaves so everywhere was much more open than on my previous visit, and though I hadn’t been impressed with theΒ Colourfields panopticon at the time I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and climb to the top of the park to take another look. Unfortunately my previous opinion of it was reinforced – it was dull, drab and pointless, and even though the currently leafless trees enabled a slightly better view over the town down below it was still uninspiring, so the one photo I did take from there was deleted straight away.
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My climb to the top of the park hadn’t been in vain though. Walking along towards the east side the path was lined with creamy white daffodils and a wooded area further on was filled with both yellow and white varieties, while the pleasant open area of the children’s cycle track was in complete contrast.
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At the far side of the park, and just outside the boundary wall, was Brantfell Road, a unique street dating from the early 20th century. Red brick terraced houses with bay windows face the eastern boundary of the park, and while the upper and lower sections of the street have vehicle access the centre section is characterised by a series of 60 wide steps which still contain the original stone setts. One website describes the street as being ‘a pram-free zone’ and having walked down the steps and back up again I can understand why.
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Yes, they really are so steep
Back in the park I retraced my steps past the tennis courts and the cycle track, through the wooded area and down a minor path and a set of stone steps to the centre of the Broad Walk. Another set of steps took me down to the Italian Garden but with a distinct lack of flower beds or a central water feature it couldn’t look any less Italian if it tried, though it was still a very pleasant area.
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As the train approached the station where I’d started my journey I had a swift change of plan and rather than walk back home from there I decided to take the easy way out. Staying on the train to the main station at the interchange in town it was an easy matter to get a bus from there to my area and get off just round the corner from home, and though I had a five minute wait for the bus I still got back quicker than if I’d walked from the previous station.
This had been Snowy’s first experience of travelling by train and bus and though she had been a bit restless on the train out she was more settled on the return journey and was fine on the bus, so maybe on the occasions when I leave the van at home she will become quite a seasoned little traveller.

24 thoughts on “Corporation Park, Blackburn – a spring revisit

  1. I didn’t realise until the end that you had the girls with you – perhaps Snowy was quiet on the way back because she was exhausted, I think I would have been after all that walking!

    Love Brantfell Road and the fact that it has survived. I hope the residents have vehicle access at the back otherwise it’s a heck of a walk with your groceries πŸ˜„

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    1. I always take the girls with me if I’m going out for pleasure (although not Manchester) as it’s their day out as well as mine πŸ™‚ Brantfell Road doesn’t have vehicle access at the back, it’s gardens backing onto other gardens, so the residents must either park at the top and walk down or park at the bottom and walk up – either way there must be some pretty fit residents living in the middle πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  2. I’d read your comment first on my blog about it being Snowy’s first train and bus ride so quite an experience for her. That is one steep road with all those steps and I see there has been a house recently sold and it must be to a very fit person. It looks a nice park with all the daffodils still in bloom and isn’t the weather so beautiful and welcome right now.

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  3. The current weather is wonderful and it’s another sunny morning here again. A lot of the daffodils in the park were over in some places but there were so many still blooming, especially the white ones, that they kept the place looking really pretty. Getting Snowy on and off the trains could have been a problem as she didn’t know what to do and I didn’t want her falling down the gap between the train and the platform, so I picked them both up and tucked one under each arm – I’m glad I only have little dogs! πŸ™‚

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  4. Wow, living at Brantfell road would either keep you fit or kill you. 🀣 It looks incredibly steep. Glad Snowy is adapting well to public transport. Good dog! X

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    1. The steps on Brantfell Road give you an idea of how steep the actual park is – the top part is 274ft higher than the main entrance at the bottom. Fortunately most parts are terraced but if you were to climb from the bottom to the top in one go it would be like climbing Everest πŸ™‚ I suppose anyone living on Brantfell Road for any length of time would get used to the hill after a while.

      Snowy did well on the train and bus – I thought she might have been a bit scared going through the tunnel between Darwen and Entwistle as it was quite noisy but she was fine πŸ™‚

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  5. Lovely daffodils in that park πŸ™‚ They’re past their best down here (west London). Brantfell Road looks very attractive but I don’t think I would have bought that house halfway up (down?!) those steps πŸ˜†

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  6. I managed to find the estate agent’s details for that house, it looked really nice inside and has quite a big garden at the back. Living halfway up (or down) the steps makes me think of the Grand Old Duke Of York nursery rhyme – anyone living there would be neither up nor down πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Maybe the street is a quirky attraction for some people and they wouldn’t mind the walk up and down. I suppose it’s like anything, you’d get used to it after a while, and at least being opposite the park it’ll be nice and quiet πŸ™‚

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        1. Getting large household items delivered must be a problem too – and think of the poor Tesco delivery drivers πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  7. Oh my goodness, all those steps, yes I can see why it’s a pram free zone. It’s good to get dogs used to travelling. Although we don’t really use public transport, I’m so pleased that we got Archie used to the car straight away. I hear of dogs being travel sick and I don’t know what we’d have done if Archie was, he goes everywhere with us by car.

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  8. Fortunately all of my dogs have been good travellers, especially in a car, so I’m hoping that once Snowy gets more used to various forms of transport it’ll become second nature to her. I’d hate to live on that street in winter, those steps must be a nightmare in the snow and ice 😦

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  9. I remember reading your first post on Corporation Park last year and in view of all the COVID-19 problems I never paid a visit. My comment at the time suggested things were getting worse.
    Anyhow, with your latest photographs my interest is aroused for a short visit one day soon, looking for new local places to visit. Just had my second injection today – whoopee.

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  10. So you’re invincible now then πŸ™‚ Corporation Park is so big that even if it were busy it would be easy enough to avoid people if necessary. Don’t forget to take your climbing gear, you’ll need it to get right to the top πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  11. What a beautiful area. Those terraced houses look amazing. Although I wouldn’t fancy having to return home there after a heavy night πŸ˜‰ X

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  12. Well in those circumstances you would have a choice – roll down from the top or crawl up from the bottom πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The park itself is lovely, if I lived near there it would be one of my regular dog walks.

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  13. I would love to live on Brantfell road…especially at the top! With the park literally on your doorstep it would be just amazing. I run up and down the steps as part of my weekly exercise routine and I run through the park when I have the time plus fly my drone there and drive my RC cars there too!

    Amazing place to live and very quiet too I’m sure.

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  14. Thank you for your comment and welcome to the Mouse House blog. Rather you than me running up and down those steps – I could run down but running up? No chance! πŸ˜‰ The houses on Brantfell Road look quite attractive, I wouldn’t mind living there myself πŸ™‚

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