To view the schedule of Monday walks click Monday Walks.
To view the schedule of Wednesday walks click Wednesday Walks. (See note below regarding lunch options.)
The longer winter walks (in December January and February) have the option of a cafe lunch where possible. Click Winter Walks to see more information about the walks and the lunch options.
The Pilgrims' Way in 4 sections. Click on the links to see the route and download the gpx files.
1 Whalley to Haslingden. Click Whalley to Haslingden to see the route information.
2 Haslingden to Hawkshaw. Click Haslingden to Hawkshaw to see the route information.
3 Hawkshaw to Radcliffe. Click Hawkshaw to Radcliffe to see the route information.
4 Radcliffe-Manchester. Click Radcliffe to Manchester to see the route information.
All proceeds to Holcombe Moor Heritage Group.
Circular Walks incorporating the West Pennine Way
You can view a number of Longer Circular Walks, which incorporate the West Pennine Way, by clicking the link Longer Circular Walks. These walks show a map and also the .gpx file of the route.
If you prefer a shorter walk click the link Shorter Circular Walks. These walks also show a map and the .gpx file of the route.
Many smartphones, tablets and other GPSMAP devices (eg Garmin Hand Held) are GPS-enabled. Smart phones, with the right app, can be used as a navigational aid. To do this, download the .gpx file from the route page and import it to your device.
Walk Reports - Winter 2022
Monday 10th January 2022
Western Village Walk
Seventeen walkers set-out from Greenmount on the first of the 2022 season of Monday long walks. This walk aimed to explore the villages in the west using some familiar routes of, the West Pennine Way (WPW) and to also introduce new routes to our programme. After heading across the golf course, we joined the WPW, turning right along the footpath to Bolton Road, which we crossed, and headed up Spenleach Lane to the Range House. Taking the muddy path around the perimeter of the MOD site and climbing the stile on our left we eventually arrived, covered in mud, at Withins Farm from where we walked the short distance to Boardman’s Farm, once the home to one of our local heroes of the early 20th century, Ralph Rooney.
After admiring the small hamlet, we turned left down a farm track that once again became a very muddy foot path through the fields up to Plantation Road, where we turned left and after a short distance joined a path leading down to Edgeworth.
Once again, we enjoyed our morning coffee at the Barlow, in Edgeworth before crossing the road and joining a footpath leading to Wayoh Reservoir and onto Chapeltown where we stopped to admire the old cross and village stocks, apparently not used for some time. Turning right at the Chetham arms we headed down Station Road, the station long since demolished, and made our way to Turton Tower.
At this point we joined another section of the WPW and followed the way-marked route passed Jumbles Reservoir, through Kingfisher Valley and up to Affetside and lunch at the Pack House Inn. Before going into the restaurant, we all put on our plastic protectors over our muddy boots kindly provided by one of our members.
After a very enjoyable lunch we headed back down Watling Street and across the fields to Greenmount via Old Kays Park having covered 12 mostly muddy miles.
Monday 3rd January 2022of
Roger Worthington’s Grave Circular Walk
This was the first walk of the year, and perhaps, due to News Year’s resolutions it attracted a large number of walkers, 48 in all, many of them were new to our walking group. We left Greenmount Old School and started our walk by making our way across the golf course and up to Holly Mount where we crossed the fields to Croichley Fold and onto Bolton Road. Once across the road we headed up the narrow footpath, that goes passed the new houses, and through the fields to New Hoyles Farm.
After walking a short distance up Hawkshaw Lane we joined a path from Higher House Farm which eventually took us up to Holcombe Hey Fold Farm where we turned left and headed for an early coffee break at Roger Worthington’s Grave.
Once refreshed we re-traced out steps, continuing through Higher House Fold Farm onto Holcombe Moor and the site of Holcombe Moor Heritage Group’s (www.holcombemoorheritagegroup.org) archaeological dig where a member of the group enlightened us as to progress so far.
The first site, at Cinder Hill unearthed the remains of cottages whilst the second dig, which is still on-going, found evidence of a Bloomery dating back to Saxon times (877-996AD). A Bloomery is a type of furnace where a form of wrought iron is smelted by fusing iron ore and carbon (charcoal). The iron ore was found locally along with the charcoal being made from the abundance of trees in the valley.
After spending time at the site we climbed up to join the footpath along the ridge eventually descending into Redisher Wood where once across Bolton Road we followed the footpath that passes Holhouse Farm and leads back to Greenmount having covered 7 informative miles.
You can view or print the walk leaflets for the West Pennine Way by clicking on Walk Leaflets.
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.
c/o Greenmount Old School,
Bury BL8 4DS.