2 hour guided walks on the WEST PENNINE WAY.


These walks give spectacular views of: Wooded Valleys,   Rugged Moorlands,   Ancient Tracks,   Meadows and Pastures,   Wild Life,   Historic Buildings,   Cultural Heritage,   Myths and Legends,     Historical, Agricultural and Industrial Remains.

For the full program of walks, click Friday Evening Walks


The South Pennines Park Walk and Ride Festival 2019

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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.

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


Monthly Short Walk: Greenmount, Redisher, Pilgrims Cross and Stubbins

The last of the rain

Once again the weather forecast was for showers as ten walkers left Greenmount Old School expecting the worst. We headed across the golf course in the direction of Hol House Farm and on to Bolton Road. After crossing the road, we turned left and walked for a short distance before turning right onto a footpath that took us through the fields to Hollingrove Farm, on Redisher Lane. Turning left we past the farm and climbed over a stile on our right joining a path that dropped steeply into Redisher Wood, crossing an attractive footbridge before joining the main path through the wood.



Once in the wood we turned left and after a short distance we joined a path on our right which climbed up onto The Ridge. By this time the sun had started shining and it was a pleasant walk along the ridge past High Ridge Farm and on up to Moorbottom Road where we turned left and took the footpath leading up to Pilgrims Cross enjoying the views looking across Holcombe Valley below.





As usual we stopped for a coffee break at the cross before dropping down to Buckden Wood, where we noted that the gate, that we reported broken on a previous walk had been secured.  At the bottom of the first section of the wood we could see one of the reasons why Helmshore Road was closed to traffic as large concrete pipes where being laid under the road.





Due to the heavy rain in recent days the stream flowing through the wood made an attractive sight as it cascaded over the waterfalls. Turning right at the bottom of the wood we headed towards Stubbins and into Carr Wood passing behind the paper mill. This land was formerly owned by Colonel Austin Townsend Porritt who gifted part of it to the National Trust in 1947. Following the path past Ox Hey Wood and Top Wood we stopped to look at the remains of a Tentering Tower originally part of Porritt’s Stubbins Vale Mill (1866). The tower was a cloth store in associated with tentering fields where tenter frames where used in the process of stretching and drying cloth.


Further along the path we past the Old Mill Hotel before joining Carr Street, Ramsbottom, where we turned right and headed for a footpath that took us through Tagg Wood and onto Lumb Carr Road and back to Greenmount having covered 7.5 mostly sunny miles




Walk 13 0f the Come Walking Series of Walks: Nuttall Park, Grants Tower and Summerseat

Climbing up to Grant's Tower

Due to the unseasonal weather and threat of thunder storms it was decided to change the route of tonight’s walk. Thirteen brave souls set out from Nuttall Park and turned right into Nuttall Hall Road where we walked for a short distance before crossing a small footbridge on our left and climbing the steep steps known locally as Jacob’s Ladder. Safely at the top of the steps we crossed the metal footbridge over the Edenfield By-pass (M66) and headed up to Manchester Road, through very wet fields. After crossing the road, we turned left onto a track leading up to Top o ‘th’ Hoof Farm and continued to climb through the fields up to Grant’s Tower.






Grant's Tower as it was

Grants Tower was built in 1829 by the Grant brothers, who it is said Charles Dickens modelled the Cheeryble Brothers, in Nicholas Nickleby. They built the tower in memory of their father and who brought them from Scotland to seek their fortune in Ramsbottom. The tower collapsed in 1944 and is been renovated by the present owner of Top o ‘th’ Hoof Farm.










Grants Tower today

From the tower we made our way to Bury Old Road and headed along the cobbled road in the direction of Nangreaves Fortunately, by this time the clouds had started to lift and we had clear views looking back over Holcombe Hill and to our left the sun shining on the high builds in Manchester.









We were also fortunate to see, in the field at the side of the road, a large stag with beautiful antlers and a doe deer but by the time we turned into the fields they had disappeared into the trees.

At the bottom of the field we walked through the farm yard of Bast House before re-crossing Manchester Road and turned right into Bass Lane. After a short distance we turned left onto a footpath leading to Rowlands Road, turning right we walked as far as the church before we turned left on a path that took us to Brooksbottoms cricket pitch.






Crossing the lines

Once across the pitch we joined a path down to East Lancashire Railway line which we crossed and climbed down the steps into Summerseat and crossed over Wood Road bridge spanning the River Irwell. The river looked quite menacing after the heavy rain as we walked along its banks towards Railway Street.  








Wild beasts in Summerseat

Our final section of the walk was along Robin Road past Al Bosco Italian restaurant and through the woods back to Nuttall Park having cover 5 surprisingly dry miles.   







6th of 9 circular walks to complete the West Pennine Way
Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS
or Clough Head car park BB4 4AT
Time Out: 8.30am Greenmount or 8.50am Clough Head
Time Back 3.30pm at Clough Head
Distance 11 miles

Moorland Myths & Legends
Meeting Place: Outside Hare & Hounds BL0 9RY
Time Out: 9am
Time Back: 3.00pm
Route: Redisher, Holcombe Moor and beyond

Photo Quiz Night
Meeting Place: Greenmout Old School or Jumbles car park BL2 4JS
Time Out: 6pm Greenmount or 6.15pm Jumbles
Time Back: 8.30pm
Route: Jumbles, Turton Tower,Chapeltown, Turton Bottoms, Jumble

Peelers Way
Meeting place: Sir Robert Peel’s statue near Bury parish Church
Time Out: 9.30am:
Time Back at Holcombe Brook 1.30pm
Route: Following Irwell to Summerseat, Woodhey, Redisher
Holcombe Hill, Peel tower, Holcombe Brook.
Distance: about 6 miles

7th of 9 circular walks to complete the West Pennine Way
Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School or Highest lay-by near boundary sign on Belmont to Rivington road Grid ref. SD 655158
Time Out: 8.20.am Greenmount 9am Lay-by
Time Back: 3.30pm at lay-by
Route: Spitlers Edge, White Coppice follow West Pennine Way to Rivington, Rivington Gardens, back to lay-by

Distance: 11 miles

OCTOBER Guided Walks…

Link to and walk on Pennine Way
Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS
or Walsden Railway Station OL 14 7SL
Time Out: 8.30.am or 9. 30am. Walsden
Time Back: 3.30pm
Route: Walsden, Gaddings Dam, Pennine Way,
Stoodley Pike, Hebden Bridge.
NB: Public transport back to start.
Distance: 11 miles

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


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.