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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.

Click B & B to view B & B accommodation along the West Pennine Way.

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


Christmas Walk - Greenmount Circular with mulled wine


Heading for Windmill Farm



The planned route of this walk was changed because of the heavy rain which had fallen over night. Sixteen walkers braved the wet weather and after organising the flasks of mulled wine we left Greenmount Old School and walked down Kirklees Trail as far as Shepherd Street where we turned right joining Holcombe Road and headed for the footpath into Old Kay’s Park. Once through the park we crossed Turton Road making our way along a footpath onto Cann Street and through the fields towards Windmill Farm




Mulled wine in Hawkshaw

Continuing along a path, on the left, we headed for Buckley Close Farm where we re-crossed Turton Road turning left and walking for a short distance before turning right onto a footpath which took us through the fields to Two Brooks Farm where we turned left onto Two Brooks Lane. By this time the rain had eased slightly and we decided to enjoy our mulled wine, fruit cake and delicious handmade chocolates at Hawkshaw Tennis Club.







Simon's Lodge




Filled with seasonal cheer we walked into the village and made our way up Hawkshaw Lane as far as High House Farm where we turned right and headed across the very wet fields to the Range House and on towards Simon’s Farm. From here we followed the track into Redisher Wood turning right at the duck boards and making our way to Simon’s Lodge where we could see that the heavy rain had already started to fill the lodge.




Holcombe Valley



Once in Holcombe Brook we crossed Bolton Road West into Woodhey Lane which lead us onto the footpath that descends through Holcombe Valley, alongside the brook, where the volume of water cascading over the falls made the valley even more attractive, although the number of fallen trees was a sad sight to see.




At the bottom of the valley we turned right onto Robin Lane and headed towards Summerseat where we joined Hazel Hall Lane passing the Hamer’s Arms and on towards Longsight Road making our way through the fields back to Greenmount and our Christmas lunch at The Miller & Carter Restaurant, all of us having good appetites after walking 7.3 miles.  












Wilder's Wood, Winter Hill, Smithills Moor, Barrow Bridge and Burnt Edge

Crooked Edge Hill


Wilderswood car park was a new starting point for our Wednesday walks and eleven walkers set-out along George’s Lane on a bright chilly morning in the direction of Pike Cottage. We had not walked far when we turned right onto a footpath which climbed steeply across Wilder’s Moor and up to Crooked Edge Hill where there are two cairns in memory of two lads that froze to death having been lost on the moor, the exact date of the event is still contested. The larger of the cairns appeared to had been rebuilt after the moorland fires and evidence of the fire could be seen all across the moors with large areas still devoid of any vegetation. Many footpaths had also been destroyed due to bulldozes having been used to create wide fire-breaks.


Smithills Moor

Before reaching the summit of Winter Hill we turned right and headed down across Smthills Moor to Green Nook where we stopped for a coffee break. Refreshed we joined a track that lead down to the plaque which celebrates a mass trespass on the moor.

In 1896 Colonel Richard Ainsworth took the decision to close Smithils Moor to the public for grouse shooting. 10,000 Boltonians marched up Smithills Road and on to Coal Pit Lane to show how strongly they felt that the moor should remain public. This continued for three further weeks, with even more in attendance each week. Despite the huge turnout, it still took over 40 years for the moorland to open to the public, partially due to the smaller but more famous Kinder Scout trespass in the Peak District.


Lunch at Smithills Hall

Once on Coal Pit Lane we headed down to Smithills Hall and lunch where we enjoyed the food and the warmth as by this time the temperature was starting to drop.

The land on which Smithills Hall stands has been owned by, among others, Roger de Poictou, the Knights Templars, Richard de Hulton, and William de Radcliffe who built the current medieval hall (originally entirely timber framed) in the 14th Century. Numerous families have loved and maintained the buildings through the following generations. Smithills Hall is now owned by the people of Bolton through their Council with whom the Friends of Smithills Hall work in partnership.



The Miner's Steps




After lunch we crossed Smithils Road and made our way to the picturesque conservation village of Barrow Bridge and warmed ourselves up by climbing the sixty three miner’s steps, at the end of the village. At the top of the steps we followed the footpath to Walker Fold and along Burnt Edge, where we were pleased to see that hundreds of saplings had been planted by the Woodland Trust.


Wilder's Moor



As we headed back over Wilder’s Moor the snow started to fall and we were pleased that we had not far to walk before we joined the track leading to the car park having covered a distance of 10.5 miles.




Walks December 2018 and January 2019

Please note: All walks are undertaken at your own risk. Walk leaders take care to ensure that the walks are conducted in a safe manner. Walk leaders are not responsible for any accidents or injuries which may occur.


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, Hollymount, Hawkshaw, Redisher,

Greenmount (Mulled wine and mince pie at Hawkshaw)

Distance: 4 miles



JANUARY Guided Walks…



Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS

Time Out: 8.40am      Time Back 3.00pm

Route: Greenmount, Affetside, Top O’Knotts, Bradshaw Brook,   Affetside, Two Brooks, Greenmount

Distance: 10 miles



Meeting Place: Greenmount Old School BL8 4DS

Time Out: 8.40am      Time Back: 12.30pm

Route: Greenmount, Old Kay’s, Old Ned’s

Lowercroft, Hey Head, Tottington, Greenmount

Distance: 6 miles



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,    Ratchers, Helmshore, Irwell Vale, Edenfield, Stubbins,   Nuttall Park, Holcombe Brook.

Option: lunch at Drop Off Café Edenfield

Distance: 12 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.