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


Monthly Short Walk: Greenmount, Hawkshaw Circular

Heading across golf course

Nine hardy walkers set-out from Greenmount Old School on a bright but cold morning after experiencing the wettest, coldest and windiest weekend of the winter thanks to storm Ciara. Taking our usual route across the golf course we turned left just after the club house and made our way up to Holly Mount.

After passing through the campus we turned right over a stile and followed a footpath through the fields to Croichley Fold on the way we had clear views over towards Peel Tower, Affetside and all the building work taking place in Hawkshaw. Once through the small hamlet we headed up the track onto Bolton Road, which we crossed, and turned left taking the first footpath on our right where once again we past extensive building work.






View of Peel Tower


At the end on the narrow path we climbed through a stile into the fields, taking the footpath on the left which eventually led us to New Hoyles Farm and onto Hawkshaw Lane.







Climbing out of valley


After turning right on the lane we climbed over a very steep stile, on our left, and again headed across some very wet fields down to a wooden foot bridge in the bottom of a valley. Once across the bridge we climbed out of the valley and headed up to Top of Qualton where the large house that had stood empty for several years was being developed into apartments and it was good to see that one of the first jobs had been to create a new footpath alongside the development.






Coffee break


From here we turned left onto the access track and passed through a wood where the trees appeared to being felled, after walking a short distance we stopped for our morning coffee at a memorial to a local resident.

After coffee we walked down into Hawkshaw turning left and walking along the road before turning right into Two Brooks Lane and heading into the valley where the footpaths were very muddy and difficult to negotiate due to the heavy rain.





Holly Mount


At the end of the valley we crossed over the footbridge, on our left and climbed up the steep slope back into Holly Mount retracing our steps to Greenmount having covered 5.5 refreshing miles.








All are welcome, no membership required, come regularly or just occasionally. You are advised to wear appropriate clothing and hiking boots. We will walk even if it is raining! On longer walks bring a packed lunch. In winter months may stop at a café for lunch, if one is convenient. No car, not a problem, if needed, transport provided from Greenmount to start of walk.
There are plenty of stiles and several steep inclines. Sorry no dogs.

For more information - 'phone 0785 4260947

MARCH Guided Walks…


Circular Countryside Village Walk

Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School, BL8 4DS

Time Out: 8.40am

Time Back: 3.00pm

Route: Greenmount, Hawkshaw, Edgworth,

Turton Bottoms, Jumbles, Affetside, Two Brooks

Distance: 11 miles



Woods and Moorland Walk

Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS

Time Out: 8.40am

Time Back: 12.30pm

Route: Greenmount, Redisher Wood, Pilgrims Cross,

Peel Tower, Holcombe Brook, Greenmount.

Distance: 6 miles



2nd of 9 circular walks to complete West Pennine Way

Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS

or Clough Head Café BB4 4AT

Time Out: 8.40am Greenmount or 9am Clough Head

Time Back 3.15pm

Route: Clough Head, West Pennine Way to

Alden Ratchers back via Helmshore, Holden Wood

Distance: 11 miles


This is a small group of walkers based in Rawtenstall, in Rossendale, Lancashire. We enjoy a countryside walk of 4 to 8 miles, on the second Saturday of each month, 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.

Click Kay Street Country Striders. for information about the next walk.

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