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


Objections to the Diversion of Part of Public Footpath Number 19, Ramsbottom


Many thanks to those who supported our objections to the diversion of the Ramsbottom footpath number 19 into Redisher Woods.

You can view a copy of the footpath plan by clicking  Footpath Plan

You can view the response of the Public Rights of Way Officer, by clicking  Response Letter

Representatives from our walking group had an onsite meeting, on 13th December 2023, with David Chadwick the Public Rights of Way Officer for Bury Council. We were able to point out our concerns on the hazards of the proposed new route. After the visit these concerns were sent in a letter to David Chadwick.

The letter from David Chadwick dated 3rd April 2024, (click  Response Letter) covers all our concerns about the diversion route, so we are withdrawing our objections, having been assured that the original definitive way remains open until the council officials inspect and approve the work done on the revised route, and that representatives from Greenmount Village Community Walking Group will be invited to attend this inspection.

Once the new definitive footpath is approved and the old definitive footpath is closed, then Bury Council will be responsible for the upkeep of this new footpath.

Once it is done we agree that it will make a good and interesting walking route into Redisher Wood from Redisher Lane.

March 2024 to May 2024

Spring Guided Walks

Click Spring 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 Spring Walks to see the program of walks for March, April and May 2024.



Monday 8th April 2024

Greenmount to Peel Tower.

On a very wet and cloudy morning eighteen walkers set out from Greenmount Old School to complete the monthly short walk. We began by heading for the golf course and making our way to Holhouse Farm, where we joined the footpath leading to Bolton Road. Once on the road we turned left, in the direction of Hawkshaw, and walked as far as the access road to Loe Farm, which we turned into and headed through the very muddy fields up to Hollingrove Farm, on Redisher Lane.

Heading for Redisher Lane

After turning left on the lane, we walked up to Simons Farm where we turned left through a kissing gate, and headed in the direction of the assault course, which is part of the Rifle Range. The course was used between 1977 and 1995 for the television program, The Krypton Factor, hosted by Gordon Burns. The route then turned right and descended a steep path down into the valley.

Heading for the Rifle Range

Once across the footbridge, over Red Brook, we climbed up to the ruins of High Ridge Farm and after getting our breath back we descended into the valley below. The climb out of this valley was even steeper and at the top we turned right and followed the footpath for a short distance before turning left over a stile and onto Moorbottom Road.

Footbridge over Red Brook

Ruins of High Ridge Farm

Bottom of the valley

After tuning left, we walked as far as the route of The West Pennine Way, which we joined and followed it onto Holcombe Moor and eventually to Peel Tower, which was shrouded in mist.

Holcombe Moor

Heading for the tower

Spot the tower in the mist

Taking shelter, from the wind we stopped at the tower for our morning coffee break before descending the hill and heading back to Greenmount having covered 6.5 wet and misty miles.


Wednesday 20th March 2024

Hills and Valleys of the East Walk


15 walkers braved the wet and muddy conditions for the walk which started opposite the Owd Betts pub on Edenfield Rd.

We followed a path from the road which took us onto Ashworth Moor and up to the top of Knowl Hill. The hill is one of 4 peaks on the Rochdale Way and stands 419 metres (1375 feet) high. Unfortunately, it was misty at the top with no view.

Wet conditions on top of Knowl Hill

From the hill, we picked up the Rochdale Way and followed the trail past Middle Naden and Greenbooth reservoirs. By this time the rain had eased and we had good views of the reservoirs and surrounding valley.

View of Naden Middle Reservoir

Crossing the Naden Brook

We had a well-earned coffee/tea break at the side of Naden Brook.

Coffee break at the side of Naden Brook

The route then followed a path through a small Hamlet at Wolstenholme Fold and through the fields to Birtle. We had lunch on the path just below Old Birtle overlooking the Cheesden Valley. Thankfully the rain had stopped at this point and Knowl Hill could be clearly seen in the distance.

Lunch stop overlooking the Cheesden Valley

The walk continued along the top of the valley past Deeply Vale and to the former Buckhurst Lodge Cafe now in ruins. It was sad to see.

Remains of Buckhurst Lodge Cafe

The last part of the walk took us up to Ashworth Moor Reservoir and back to Owd Betts.

Distance walked - 10 miles



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.


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View of Winter Hill
View of Peel Tower
Holcombe Moor in snow
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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
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cutting grane
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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