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COME WALKING

Friday Evenings May to September 2024

2-hour guided walks on the West Pennine Moors and Bury North.

Click Friday Evening Walks for further information

Click Friday Evening Guided Walks to view the schedule of Friday Evening Walks this summer.

 

Spring Guided Walks

March 2024 to May 2024

Click Spring Walks for the program.

All are welcome, no membership is required, come regularly or just occasionally on these free guided walks. You are advised to wear appropriate clothing and hiking boots. 
There are plenty of stiles and several steep inclines.         Sorry, no dogs.            

(NB. Mileage and finishing times are approximate.)

Summer Guided Walks

June 2024 to August 2024

Summer Walks

All are welcome, no membership is required, come regularly or just occasionally on these free guided walks. You are advised to wear appropriate clothing and hiking boots. 
There are plenty of stiles and several steep inclines.         Sorry, no dogs.            

(NB. Mileage and finishing times are approximate.)

Objections to the Diversion of Part of Public Footpath Number 19.

You can view a copy of the footpath plan by clicking  Footpath Plan

You can view the response of the Public Rights of Way Officer, by clicking  Response Letter

You can view the outcome of the plan for footpath 19 by clicking Footpath Diversion.

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.

PILGRIMS' WAY

Follow the route of the Pilgrims from Whalley to Manchester. 

For detailed information on this walk click

Pilgrims' Way

or click the picture.

VILLAGE LINK

To view the Village Link website and its walks, click the Village Link logo.

 

COME WALKING AROUND GREENMOUNT

You can download a map of a walk and the gpx file for the walk shown on the Community Notice Board map, by clicking

  Come Walking Around Greenmount

 

KAY STREET COUNTRY STRIDERS

is a small group of walkers based in Rawtenstall.

Monthly Saturday walks in the North West - for more info click

 Kay Street Country Striders

 

 

MAP OF THE WEST PENNINE WAY

View videos of the West Pennine Way by clicking West Pennine Way Videos

 

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 below.  The envelope needs to be 22cm by 11cm.

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

WALK REPORTS

Monday 20th May 2024

Monthly Long Walk: Kingfisher & Tongue Trails

The walk this month started from the car park at Jumbles Reservoir, where nineteen walkers first descended the steep path to join the Kingfisher Trail. The trail follows Bradshaw Brook into Bradshaw, we were fortunate that a couple of our walkers did have the pleasure of spotting a kingfisher flying over the brook. Once across the main road we headed up to the entrance of Longsight Park and Arboretum, where we turned left and continued through the wood to a footbridge over Bradshaw Brook. After crossing the bridge, we climbed a steep slope which led to one of the many footpaths in the park and continued to follow the brook, on the opposite bank.

On the trail 

Eventually we arrived at the picturesque hamlet of Firwood Fold, where Samuel Crompton was born in one of the farm cottages in December 1753. His family only lived in the cottage until 1758 when they moved to Hall I’ th’ Wood.

Firwood

Samuel Crompton's birth place

After admiring the small hamlet, we made our way out of the woods, and first crossed Tongue Moor Road, then Crompton Way, before making our way along Green Way to Hall I’ th’ Wood. The hall is a Tudor wooden framed house that was built in the 16th century. During the 18th century the house was divided into apartments, one of which was rented by the Crompton family. It was here that Samuel invented the Spinning Mule that was to revolutionise the textile industry.

We were saddened by the condition of the property, and after a short stay we joined a footpath that soon took us into a wooded valley, where we followed the Eagley Brook, that meandered through the picturesque valley. Before leaving the valley, we made use of the ruins of a stone property to enjoy our morning coffee. Continuing to follow the brook we soon arrived in the village of Eagley, with its well-preserved mill, which is now luxury apartments. Once passed Eagley Cricket Club we crossed Blackburn Road and joined the access road to Dunscar Golf Club. The track eventually led into Longworth Valley, where we joined a section of the West Pennie Way (WPW). After turning right on the WPW we soon crossed Longworth Lane and headed passed Delf Reservoir to Walmsley Church, where we ate our lunch.

Coffee stop

Eagley Mill

After lunch we continued along the WPW as far as Cox Green Road, we turned right and made our way passed Whittle Hill Farm and on to Turton Golf Course. Our next short stop was at Turton Tower, which was just a short walk back to the car park at Jumbles, having covered eleven satisfying miles.

Friday 17th May 2024

Come Walking Friday Evening Walk: Nuttall Park and Grant’s Tower

On a warm and sunny Friday evening, thirty-six walkers set off from Nuttall Park, an urban community park in Ramsbottom which opened in 1928. After turning right out of the car park, we followed part of the River Irwell Sculpture Trail, having to take a slight detour to follow the temporary path due to works by United Utilities. We were still able to pass safely down through the site to cross the footbridge over the river before following the fairly steep path up on the right. As we reached the top of the path, we kept left to leave the woodland to pass through the gate (and accompanying nettles) and ascend up the field heading towards the motorway. At the fence and hedge at the top of the field, we turned right to walk parallel to the motorway above the farm, climbing over the stile to descend onto the tarmac track. We followed this left to bring us out onto the A56 at Sunny Clough. We turned left to walk along the footpath and over the motorway until the road narrowed slightly opposite a stile on the other side of the road.

After crossing the A56, we climbed over the stile and followed the field boundary round to the right to the track leading to Bast House and the friendly donkeys and alpacas. The footpath here has been diverted to the right around the properties, but is well marked with new stiles and gates. Following the footpath round, we then took the left hand stile to enter the field close to the old footpath. We then had a fairly steep ascent up the field, close to the hedge on our right, exiting at the wall stile onto Bury Old Road, where we paused to admire the panoramic views.

Friendly alpacas

Heading for Bury Old Road

We turned left and headed northwards up Bury Old Road, passing Bent House Farm before taking the track on the left. We followed this as it wound round to the right, and in the field below us we saw a small herd of deer grazing peacefully in the evening sunshine. We then followed the path on the right to skirt round the side of the property before turning right and following the path up to Grant’s Tower where we again admired the views. Grant’s Tower was built by William Grant and his brothers in 1829 and we admired a copy of an old drawing of it. Before the Second World War, it was a popular place for picnics.

Grant's Tower

View of Peel Tower from Grant's Tower

Herd of deer

It was then neglected and fell down in 1944 but more recently has been undergoing renovation. Whilst there, we heard the story of James Wright, who lived in the tower in the 1850s. He repaired chimneys, steeples and monuments without the need for scaffolding, ascending high structures then descending at terrifying speed. His nickname, Steeple Jack, became part of the English language. It was said that he astonished crowds in Lancashire by hurtling down on ropes from factory chimneys at 100mph. We, however, made a more sedate descent! With Grant’s Tower at our backs, we took the path over the stile on our right and followed the path and track bearing right up to Pinfold before turning left onto the muddy track and then left again onto the footpath. We descended a short way before taking the ladder stile into the field and the fairly steep descent down and out through the gate at Park Farm.

Crossing over motorway

Descending Jacob's Ladder

We crossed back over the A56 and turned left before taking the cobbled track on our right and crossing the stile into the field. We went straight across the field, over the motorway bridge and down the steep path through the woodland with the gully on our right. The steps here are known as Jacob’s ladder. At the bottom of the steps we turned right to retrace our path back to Nuttall Park car park to finish our walk of just over 4 miles.

Monday 13th May 2024

Roger Worthington’s Grave, Lark Hill and Redisher Wood

On a warm and sunny Monday morning, nineteen walkers set off from Greenmount Old School. After turning right out of the school yard, we crossed Holcombe Road and walked behind the church and through the estate, bearing left to the golf course. We followed the path across the golf course to the club house where we turned right through the gate to follow the path by the stream and through the woodland before crossing the stile and walking on the field path up to Bolton Road (A676), admiring the bluebells along the way. After crossing the road, we walked up Col Eric Davidson Way to Holcombe Moor Training Camp. This road was formerly known as Spenleach Lane and was renamed in March 2024 in honour of the armed forces campaigner made an MBE in 2018 who organised Bury’s annual poppy appeal and Remembrance Sunday parades.

At the signpost, we kept straight ahead and crossed the field to come out at the back of Range House, following the path round to the left before going over the left hand stile into the field towards Higher House Farm. After passing through the field gate we crossed the farm yard to the right to pass through the narrow gap to take the path heading north up the left side of the field. We continued to follow the path up through the fields and then up and round to the left of the two properties before crossing the stile behind them and emerging onto the road. We went over the stile immediately opposite into the field with two horses that happily ignored us as we headed up through the field to the stile where, instead of crossing it, we turned left, walking along the boundary fence to squeeze through a narrow gap in the stone wall. We then followed the somewhat overgrown path before emerging at Boardman’s Farm where we turned right onto Hawkshaw Lane. As we walked up the lane we paused to watch a deer as it jumped over the fence from the field on the right and onto the road before disappearing over the fence on the left.

We then carried on, turning left at the junction to reach the enclosure which is Roger Worthington’s Grave where we stopped for a break. Roger Worthington was a Baptist preacher who died in 1709 and who chose to be buried in a field belonging to his farm.

We then turned right out of the enclosure, walking back along the track before taking the second path on the left through the gate and up the steep but mown grass path up the hillside. After crossing the first stile we paused to catch our breath and to appreciate the panoramic views around us, including being able to see Darwen Tower, Winter Hill and Peel Tower as well as Manchester in the distance, before carrying on up Lark Hill to the next stile and onto Moor Bottom Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were no red flags flying so we were able to turn right and follow the stony track, curving round the valley with vast swathes of winberry bushes on our left. We crossed Red Brook and carried on along the path with Harcles Hill on our left. We turned right off the track to follow the path which passed through the gate and descended through the field, following it round to the left at the bottom. We were told about the archaeological dig by the Holcombe Moor Heritage Group on the MOD land on the right which uncovered the remains of a rare medieval ironworking site. As we continued to walk, we were horrified to see a dog off its lead running down the hillside to chase after a lamb, isolating it from the flock, only returning back up to its owner as we all shouted. Fortunately the lamb appeared to be unhurt and the ewe was able to return to it.

We carried along the path with woodland now on the hillside on our left before we entered Redisher Wood. We descended through the wood, following a fairly steep path before emerging at the bridge which we crossed and turned left to walk through the gate and onto Redisher Lane which we followed back to Bolton Road. After crossing the road we turned right, then left to follow the footpath along the field to Holhouse Farm where we turned right to walk along the side of the field, before turning left and going through the small gate to walk back along the side of the golf course to retrace our steps through the estate to the church and across Holcombe Road back to the old school to finish our walk of just over 6 miles.

 

Friday 10th May 2024

Paths around Kirklees Valley

The first of our Friday evening walks for 2024 started opposite The Hub Café, in Greenmount. Thirty-six walkers joined us for the walk, with ten of them new to our group. The evening was bright and sunny, and we looked forward to many dry footpaths. We began by heading down Kirklees Trail as far as the cricket field, passing the sad sight of the polluted Island Lodge, where we stopped to read the notice board that gives details of the lodge’s restoration. After climbing down the steps, at the side of the cricket field, we made our way along Beryl Avenue to Kirklees Street, where we turned left and walked down to the footbridge over Kirklees Brook.

Joining Kirklees Trail

Crossing Kirklees Brook

Once passed Kirklees Valley Wildlife Rescue Centre, we turned right and walked through Kingsbury Wood, down to Garside Hey Road. After walking along the road for a short distance we joined a footpath, on our right and headed back into the valley where we re-crossed the brook and climbed back up to Kirklees Trail. Turning right on the trail we walked for a short distance before turning right and heading back into the valley.

Garside Hey Road

Climbing out of the valley

After following various footpaths around mill lodges, we arrived at Tower Farm, where turned left and walked around the back of Island Lodge. Once under the arches of the old railway bridge, we joined Mill Street Tottington, and after a short walk climbed over a stile, on our right and headed up to Stormer Hill.

Mill Lodge

The final section of the walk took us into Old Kay’s Park, where we had glorious views of Peel Tower, and back down to Holcombe Road where we turned left and headed back into Greenmount having covered 4.5 miles with very little mud.

View of Peel Tower

Old Kay's Park