Waugh's Well
robin hood
basin stone
Darwen Tower Fri 20th July 18



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


Email info@westpennineway.org, or 'phone 07854260947, for further information.


December 2023 to February 2024

Winter Guided Walks

Click Winter 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.  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.



Follow the route of the Pilgrims from Whalley to Manchester. 


For detailed information on this walk click Pilgrims' Way or click the picture.




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,
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.


whittle pike
View of Winter Hill
View of Peel Tower
Holcombe Moor in snow
Weds 15th May 2019 13-800x600
Darwen Tower Fri 20th July 18
White Coppice July 18 2018
Anglezarke Wednesday 20th June 2018 1
Fri 8th June The Blue Lagoon
Mon 12th Feb 18 3
Naden Reservoir
Climbing Cheetham Close
quarry grane
cutting grane
chimney grane
waugh's well
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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,

click the Village Link logo.

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



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.

The Pack Horse Affetside

The Cross on a sunnier day

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.

St Mary's Church

Radcliffe Tower

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.

Starting the climb

Trig Point

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.

Base of mast

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.

Dean Mill Reservoir

Memorial Stone

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.

Two Lad's Cairns

Meeting the wind

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.

Pigeon Tower

Italian Lake


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.

Walk through the gardens

Seven Arch Bridge