Greenmount Walking Group is BACK IN ACTION. Come and join some of our walks.

 

WEST PENNINE WAY
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The Friday evening walks will resume on Friday 25th June 2021. To view the schedule of Friday evening walks click Friday Evening Walks.

 

The Monday walks will resume on Monday 7th June 2021. To view the schedule of Monday walks click Monday Walks.

 

The Wednesday walks will resume on Wednesday 23rd June 2021. To view the schedule of Wednesday walks click Wednesday Walks.

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.

Walk Reports - Summer 2021

Friday 23rd July 2021

Come Waking Series: Kirklees Valley, Summerseat and Woodhey

Yet another glorious Friday night brought 40 walkers out to enjoy the late evening sunshine. Because of the large numbers we were forced to split into two groups one going in a clockwise direction the other anticlockwise. The report follows the clockwise route with the walkers heading in the direction of Greenmount Golf Course and turning right at the bottom of Hove Close following the footpath through the fields crossing Bolton Road and onto Redisher Lane.

Redisher Lane

Once in the woods and across the bridge we turned right and followed the path down to Holcombe Brook crossing the main road and heading along Woodhey Road and into Holcombe Woods. We were surprised to see that the brook was only a trickle, a reminder of the hot summer.

 

Turning right at the bottom of the valley we made our way through Summerseat and into the hamlet of Wood Road following the track up to Longsight Road where we had good views of Peel Tower on our right. After crossing the road, we took the track towards Moss Farm and into Kirklees Valley where we joined the trail at Tower Farm and headed back to Greenmount having covered 5 very sociable miles.

View of Peel Tower from Wood Road Lane

Wednesday 21st July 2021

Monthly Long Walk: Owd Betts to Naden Valley

Ten walkers set off from the car park opposite the Owd Betts Inn on a very hot summers day and headed in the direction of Norden.  After what seemed a long way walking through the fields with very little shade, we joined the Rochdale Way and made our way to the ruins of Paper House Mill, at the head of Naden Valley which was fortunately surrounded by tall trees that provided welcome shade.

Hot fields Owd Betts

At the bottom of the valley, we reached the site of Ashworth Hall and once across Ashworth Road we headed for Cheesden Valley and followed the brook as it meandered through the trees. Whilst this made for a cooler walk it meant that we had to cross the brook several times with only once having the benefit of a bridge.

Cross Cheesded Brook

A coffee break and early lunch were enjoyed in the shaded valley before arriving in Deeply Vale. Buckhurst was our final stop for refreshments where ice cream and lollies helped to cool or temperatures. We then headed back to the familiar sight of the ruins of Lumb Mill and the Owd Betts car park having covered 8 very hot miles.

Refreshments

Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Clowbridge Reservoir to the Singing Ringing Tree

Nine walkers assembled in Dunnockshaw, which is a village just outside Rawtenstall, and began the walk by joining the Burnley Way. The footpath skirts around the side of Nutshaw Hill from where we had good views over towards Clowbridge Reservoir. The reservoir was created by flooding the village of Gambleside of which there are still enough remains, on the site, to get a feel of village life.

Remains of a baptism font

The route eventually crosses Manchester Road and heads steeply up towards Crown Point Road eventually crossing Burney Golf Course before dropping down into Towneley Park where we enjoyed our morning coffee. The hall which dates back to the 14th century is now owned by Burnley Council who appear to take very good care of it.

Towneley Hall

After coffee we headed across the park into the attractive village of Cliviger, which is thought dates back to Saxon times and is on the upper reaches of the river Calder. Once through the village we re-joined the Burnley Way and climbed steeply back up to Crown Point, but this time headed for the Ringing Singing Tree which was designed by Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu in 2006. It is one of four panopticon sculptors to symbolise the renaissance in East Lancashire. The other three sculptors are, The Atom, near Pendle, The Halo in Rossendale and The Colourfields in Blackburn.

The Singing Ringing Tree

We spent some time listening to the sounds produces by the sculptor before making our way across the moors back to Clowbridge Reservoir having covered 10.5 historic miles.


You can view youtube videos of the west pennine way by clicking videos wpw

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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 to the right.  The envelope needs to be 22cm. by 11cm.

 

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