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


Christmas Walk

The bird cages



It appeared that the Christmas Walk was a popular event, perhaps the prospect of mulled wine or maybe it was the fact that it was a bright sunny morning that had persuaded twenty walkers to join us. We started out from Greenmount and headed towards the golf club before going up Whipney Lane, past the bird cages and across the fields to Bolton Road. Once across the main road we headed up Spenleach Lane towards the Range House.



The Big Stone

Taking the footpath around the MOD site we crossed the very wet fields to Higher House Farm and onto Hawkshaw Lane, which we crossed and climbed over the very steep stile into more muddy fields and headed towards Top of Qualton.

After dropping down into the valley we crossed the footbridge and turned right following a footpath along the side of a stream leading to Hawkshaw Wood. At the edge of the wood there is a large stone said to have been deposited during the last ice age which three of our more adventurous walkers decided to climb.






Mulled Wine !!

Shortly after the stone the footpath leads into a track which heads up to the small hamlet on Hawkshaw Lane that includes Boardman’s Farm, once the home of Ralph Rooney (1862 to 1949) who was known far and wide for his organised walks and his philosophy of life which is summed up in his book The Story of My Life first printed in 1947 and reprinted in 2011.

Turning right along the lane we headed for the site of Rodger Worthington’s grave, another local legend who was a Baptist preacher, his original gravestone dating back to 1709. As is tradition on the Christmas walk we stop for refreshments of mulled wine, made to an ancient receipt, fruit cake and handmade truffles.





Cinder Hill & wicker fence


Suitably refreshed we headed through Holcombe Hey Fold Farm to Cinder Hill and the site of the first dig carried out by Holcombe Moor Heritage Group at the medieval iron working site where in 2018 there was evidence found of a bloomer furnace dating back to the Saxon period. (877-996AD) It was also interesting to see the work done on the banking of Red Brook to stop erosion, by building a wicker fence.

From the dig site we continued to walk along the Ridge turning right at the ruins of Higher Ridge Farm and dropping down to the stepping stones, which can be a tricky crossing at this time of year.





Stepping stones

Once safely across the stream we climbed up onto Redisher Lane and made our way through the fields back onto Bolton Road.








Heading for home

After crossing the road, we headed back to Greenmount, stopping at the site of the first place of worship, in Greenmount, the "Providence Independent Sunday School", in a converted farm house at Hol House in May 1844. Back in Greenmount we enjoyed our Christmas Lunch in the Miller Carter Steakhouse a rewards for having covered 7 festive miles.






Christmas Lunch



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

DECEMBER Guided Walks…

Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS
Time Out: 8.40am Greenmount:
Time Back: 1pm at Bull’s Head
Route: Greenmount, Whipney lane, Spenleach Lane,
Withins, Roger Worthing’s Grave, Holcombe Hey,
Cinder Hill, Redisher Greenmount
Distance: 7 miles
Option of lunch at Bull’s Head, order at start of walk.

Meeting Place: Hare and Hounds, Holcombe Brook BL0 9RY
Time Out: 6.30pm
Time Back: 8.00pm
Route: To Peel Tower and back – route dependent on weather
Distance: 2 miles
Bring a good torch, Christmas quiz & treat in the Tower

Meeting point: outside Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS
Time Out: 10.30am
Time Back: 12.30pm
Route: Greenmount, Redisher, Woodhey, Summerseat,
Woodrow, Greenmount
(Mulled wine and mince pie half way round)
Distance: 4 miles

JANUARY Guided Walks…

Meeting Place: Hare & Hounds, Holcombe Brook BL0 9RY
Time Out: 8.45am Time Back: 3.00pm
Route: Holcombe Brook, Peel Tower, Pilgrims Cross, Bull Hill, Robin Hood’s Well, Helmshore, Irwell Vale, Stubbins, Tagg Wood, Holcombe Brook.
Option: lunch at Helmshore Distance: 11 miles

Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS
Time Out: 8.40am Time Back: 12.30pm
Route: Greenmount, Holcombe Brook, Higher Stubbins Strongstry, Nuttall Park, Greenmount
Distance: 6 miles

Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS
Time Out: 8.40am Time Back 3.00pm
Route: Greenmount, Summerseat, Nangreaves, Owd Betts Harden Moor, Summerseat, Greenmount
Option: lunch at Owd Betts 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.