Being fed up with hanging about, I decided to get out, so at 4pm this afternoon I started out. Beyond Belmont I got interested in workmen who were setting the moors on fire. Reaching Walton le Dale I decided to stay for tea, so storing the bike I sat down to a good tea and a comfortable hour before the fire (as usual). Off again, I reached Bamber Bridge and joined the Wigan road but left it again for a footpath. As it was dark I lit my lamp, and after a little while I came to a tunnel about 50 yards long.
This is locally known as the ‘Haunted Tunnel’, and the story goes that two men, both drunk, came this way and during a quarrel one struck the other, and killing him, he hid the body. His ghost may be seen wandering about inside the tunnel. Needless to say I did not see the ghost although it seemed creepy enough in the darkness and dirty mud. Regaining the wigan road I came to Chorley from where I took the lanes route to Horwich. The fires on the moors looked extremely well. From Horwich I had a tough struggle against the wind. 41 miles, 5 hours