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A set of these A3 size leaflets can be obtained by sending a self addressed envelope with 2 first class stamps on it to the address shown to the right.  The envelope needs to be 22cm. by 11cm.

Click B & B to view B & B accommodation along the West Pennine Way.

Christine Taylor
c/o Greenmount Old School,
Brandlesholme Road,
Bury BL8 4DS.


Monthly Short Walk: Kirklees Trail, Burrs Country Park, Summerseat, Holcombe Brook Valley, Redisher & Greenmount

Bridge over Island Lodge

It was another mild and sunny November morning when sixteen walkers, of which four were new to our group, made their way down the Kirklees Trail to the bridge over the Island Lodge. The lodge which used to supply water to the local mills has been a popular fishing site in recent years but now it is so polluted that most of the fish have died and in warm summer months this year an unpleasant smell could be detected coming from the lodge. A meeting has been arranged, by concerned groups, in Greenmount URC Church on Tuesday 20th November 2018, at 8.00pm, to discuss what can be done to clean up the lodge and all are welcome.




Kirklees Valley


We continued along the trail until we reached a footpath on our left hand side that took us down into Kirklees Valley and over a small footbridge and up into Brandlesholme where we crossed the main road and turned left into Burrs Close where we turned onto a footpath which lead to The Burrs Country Park.





Burrs Country Park


Once in the park we enjoyed a coffee break, unfortunately the Lamplighter Café is closed on Mondays so we had to make do with our own flasks.







River Irwell


Refreshed we followed the River Irwell up towards Summerseat where instead of dropping down onto Wood Road Lane, we continued along the footpath to Brooksbottom cricket field turning left through an opening in a stone wall and making our way down to Rowlands Road where we walked along the railway platform to avoid a very wet path.





Waterside Restaurant December 2015


Once at Kay Bridge, Summerseat, we stopped and looked at what was left of the remains of the Waterside Restaurant which was swept away in the foods of December 2015. Some of our group were not aware of this tragedy so I have included a photograph of the event in my report. At the end of the bridge we turned left into Waterside Road and walked under the railway bridge turning right onto a footpath which climbed steeply and turned left taking us to the bottom Holcombe Valley.




Holcombe Valley


We climbed up through the valley, which was littered with dead trees many of them lying across the footpath. Once in Holcombe Brook we crossed, Bolton Road West and walked along the side of the Hare and Hounds public house and into Redisher Wood.






New bridge in Redisher Wood

We spent some time looking at the new stone bridge that was being built over Holcombe Brook and we judged that as the bridge opening was so small its aim was to slow the flow of water in times of flooding. Turning left over the old bridge we made our way onto Redisher Lane and down to Bolton Road which we crossed and onto a footpath which lead us through the fields back to Greenmount having covered a distance of just under 8 miles.      


Walks November and December

Please note: All walks are undertaken at your own risk. Walk leaders take care to ensure that the walks are conducted in a safe manner. Walk leaders are not responsible for any accidents or injuries which may occur.


Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS

or Wilderswood car park, far end of Georges Lane, Horwich

Time Out: 8.30.am Greenmount or 9.10am. Car park

Time Back: 3.30pm at Car park

Route:  Two Lads, Winter Hill, Smithills Moor, Smithills Hall

Café for lunch, Barrow Bridge, Holdens Farm back to car park.

Distance: 11 miles

DECEMBER Guided Walks…


Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS

Time Out: 8.40am Greenmount:

Time Back: 1pm at Bull’s Head

Route: Greenmount, Two Brooks Valley, Walsh Fold,

Quarlton, Redisher Wood, Greenmount

Distance: 7 miles

Option of lunch at Bull’s Head, order at start of walk.



Meeting Place: Hare and Hounds, Holcombe Brook BL0 9RY

Time Out: 6.30pm

Time Back: 8.00pm

Route: To Peel Tower and back – route dependent on weather

Distance: 2 miles

Bring a good torch, Christmas quiz & treat in the Tower


Meeting point: outside Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS

Time Out: 10.30am

Time Back: 12.30pm

Route: Greenmount, Hollymount, Hawkshaw, Redisher,

Greenmount (Mulled wine and mince pie at Hawkshaw)

Distance: 4 miles



JANUARY Guided Walks…


Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS

Time Out: 8.40am

Time Back 3.00pm

Route: Greenmount, Affetside, Top O’Knotts, Bradshaw Brook,

Affetside, Two Brooks, Greenmount

Distance: 10 miles


This is a small group of walkers based in Rawtenstall, in Rossendale, Lancashire. We enjoy a countryside walk of 4 to 8 miles each month,  on the last Saturday, leaving Kay Street car park  at 10 am prompt. We carshare to a starting point and a small donation is given to the driver to help with petrol and parking costs, otherwise the walks are free. All walkers are responsible for their own safety and the safety of fellow walkers. Any children must be accompanied by an adult. Please ensure you are dressed suitably for the likely weather, wear strong waterproof footwear and carry a packed lunch. Dogs are NOT permitted as we are usually passing young livestock.

Further details can be requested by telephoning Peter on 01706 876470, or click  Peter Lord to send him an email.