MONDAY 11th December 2023
Pilgrims’ Way 4th of four walks from Whalley to Manchester
Option of visiting the Christmas Markets
Meeting Place: Close Park car park near
St Mary’s Church Radcliffe M26 2QA
Time Out: 8.30 am.
Back by metro in the afternoon
Route: On Greenways from Radcliffe to Manchester
Distance 10 miles
December 2023 to February 2024
Winter Guided 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. We will walk even if it is raining but not in extreme conditions! On the long walks (except the Pilgrims’ Way walk), there is the option of having a café/pub lunch.
There are plenty of stiles and several steep inclines. Sorry, no dogs.
(NB. Mileage and finishing times are approximate.)
Click Winter Walks to see the program of walks for December, January and February.
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.
c/o Greenmount Old School,
Bury BL8 4DS.
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.
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
To view the Village Link website and its walks,
Wednesday 22nd November 2023
Pilgrims’ Way: Third walk of four from Whalley to Manchester
Seventeen walkers began the walk from behind Greenmount Church and headed through the mud of Two Brooks Valley to the point just above Hawkshaw, where we had left the route on the second of these walks.
Once on the route we turned left and made our way, through the fields, up to Turton Road. After crossing the road, we joined the track up to Tom Nook Farm and after a short distance we turned left onto Black Lane which we followed it up to Affetside.
By now the mist had descended so we did not linger for too long at the ancient cross before heading down Watling Street, the old Roman Road, to the junction with Tottington Road. Taking the track opposite, known as Bowstone Hill Road, we headed to the kissing gate, at the end of the road that led into more muddy fields. Once across the fields we crossed Harwood Road, at Old Holts Farm, where we joined even more muddy fields up to Barrack Fold Farm. From here it was just a short distance, down their access road, into Ainsworth where we enjoyed the warmth of our coffee behind the King William Pub.
The route then took us a short distance down Bradley Fold Road before turning left where once again we headed across muddy fields to Starling Road, which we crossed and headed down to Bolton Road. After crossing the road, we followed the route until we reached Withins Reservoir, where we stopped for lunch. From here it was a short walk into Radcliffe where we first passed The Old Tithe Barn, now a MOT garage and then The Old Cross pub before arriving at St Mary’s Church. A church existed on this site in Saxon times and the tower dates back to the 13th century.
After spending some time admiring both the church and the tower, we caught the bus back to Greenmount having covered, by foot, 8.5 very muddy miles.
Monday 13th November 2023
The third circular walk on the West Pennine Way: Belmont to Rivington.
Due to the arrival of Strom Debi, it was decided to shorten the walk, and two cars were parked at the Pigeon Tower car park in Rivington to make our return journey back to Belmont. Nine hardy walkers left the car park at San Marino’s restaurant and after crossing Belmont Road, we joined the West Pennine Way (WPW) and started the steep climb to the summit of Winter Hill. By the time we reached the we started to feel the full force of the wind.
From the trig point we headed down to the base of the TV mast where we stopped to look at the two memorial plaques; one to the thirty-six fatalities of the plane crash in 1958, on the same night as the Munich air disaster, and the other in memory of George Henderson, from Annan Dumfriesshire, murdered on Winter hill in 1838. Once passed the mast we turned left and followed the WPW markers over Smithills Moor until we reached the stile at the top of Roscow’s Tenement Clough. This was blocked off due to the lack of maintenance on the footpath.
Taking the alternative route, we climbed back onto the moors, taking the path that passes Dean Mill Reservoir. At the far end of the reservoir, we joined the footpath on our right and descended to Coal Pit Lane where we turned right and headed to the Mass Trespass Memorial stone. The stone that commemorates the day ten thousand people protested at not having access to the moor, sadly permission was not granted until 1996.
After stopping for morning coffee, at the memorial stone, we continued along the lane, passing Holden’s Farm and the ruins of the brick works, before rejoining the access road to the TV mast. Once on the road we turned right and looked for the WPW way marker, to direct us over Wilder’s Moor, unfortunately the marker post was in a ditch, so we had to trust our memory to guide us over the moor. On the top of the moor, we experienced the full force of Storm Debi and it was difficult to stay upright, but before making our decent we admired the two large stone cairns, called Two Lads, which local folklore says is the burial ground of two young walking buddies.
Once we had safely arrived at Pike Cottage we turned right on George’s Lane and headed towards Rivington. The WPW route now goes up to Rivington Pike but as the wind was still blowing very strongly, we decided to give it a miss and headed for the shelter of the gardens and somewhere to our lunch.
After lunch we walked through the gardens, where we admired the cascades which were looking at their best due to the recent heavy rain and continued down to the Seven Arch Bridge. From the bridge it was just a short walk back to the Pigeon Tower car park having covered nine very windy miles.