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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 Long Walk: West Pennne Way Link Route to the Pennine Way

Heading out of Walsden

This walk started at Walsden Railway Station on a dry but overcast morning with only five walkers venturing out after a poor weather forecast. We made our way across Rochdale Road, passing what used to be Grandma Pollards Fish and Chip Shop which has now closed due to the owner’s retirement. Turning into Alma Street we first crossed over the Rochdale Canal then over the bridge spanning the River Calder before climbing up to Top’Th’Hill Road, where we replaced two of our West Pennine Way (WPW) link route way-markers.






Basin Rock

Once on the moors we climbed up to the Pennine Bridleway, which we crossed and turned right up to Basin Rock. The rock is natural weathered millstone grit in the shape of a mushroom, but it gets its name from a basin in the top. The site was once used by itinerant preachers such as John Wesley.








Gaddings Dam

The next place of interest was Gaddings Dam were we had a good view of Stoodley Pike and the chilly waters across to the beach. The dam is said to be the highest beach in England and has attracted tourists since Victorian times.








The Pennine Way

The walk from the dam to the Pennine Way, across the very wet moor, is made easier by the stone paving flags that have been laid on the route and we soon arrived at the sign post for the Pennine Way.








Stoodley Pike

Turning left we headed for Stoodlley Pike which we could see in the distance with just the wet moorland to cross. The first pike was built in 1815 to commemorate the defeat of Napoleon but it collapsed in 1854 being replaced by the present building in 1856. There are 39 steps up to the first level but as we had not brought torches we did not venture into the dark interior.







Hebden Bridge

From the pike we continued for a short distance along the Pennine Way before turning right into Panicle Lane where we headed for Hebden Bridge, first descending through Crow Nest Wood and then crossing the three bridges over the railway line, the River Calder and the Rochdale Canal. By this time, it had started raining so we decided to find shelter under the trees to eat our lunch a park opposite a café called Café On’t Front, without a beach insight.

After lunch we walked the short distance to the railway station where we caught the train back to Walsden having covered 9 miles over less familiar footpaths.


OCTOBER Guided Walks…

Roman Road and Valley Walk.
Meeting place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS
Time Out: 8.40am:
Time Back: 12.30pm
Route: Greenmount, Old Kay’s Park, Watling St.
Top O’The Knotts, Affetside, Two Brooks Valley,
Croichley Fold, Greenmount
Distance: 6 miles

8th of 9 circular walks to complete the West Pennine Way
Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS
or Borough Road Darwen BB3 2TA
Time Out: 8.30.am or 9am. Darwen
Time Back: 3.30pm
Route: Darwen Tower, Roddlesworth, Hollinshead Hall, Great Hill,
Tockholes Darwen.
Distance: 11 miles

NOVEMBER Guided Walks

Moorland Quarry Walk.
Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS or
Corner of Peel St. and Bacup Rd. (A681) BB4 7L
Time Out: 8.40am Greenmount or Bacup Rd. 9.10am.
Time Back: 3.30pm
Route: remains of Cloughfold Scrubbing Mill, Cowpe Lowe,
Cragg Quarry, Lee Quarry, Rossendale Valley.
Distance 11 miles (short bus ride back to start)

Holcombe and Peel Tower walk
Meeting point: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS
Time Out: 8.40am
Time Back: 12.30pm
Route: Greenmount, Redisher Lane, Lumb Carr Rd
Holcombe Village, Peel Tower, Moorbottom Rd, Greenmount.
Distance: 6 miles

Last of 9 Circular walk to complete the West Pennine Way
Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS or
St Mary’s Church Grimehills BB3 3PP
Time Out: 8.30am. Greenmount or 8.50am. Grimehills
Time Back: 3.30pm
Route: circular to include Higher Aushaw, Cranberry Moss,
Bull Hill, Darwen Moor.
Distance: 11.5 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.