WEST PENNINE WAY
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COME WALKING

Friday Evenings May to September 2024

2-hour guided walks on the West Pennine Moors and Bury North.

Click Friday Evening Walks for further information

Click Friday Evening Guided Walks to view the schedule of Friday Evening Walks this summer.

 

Summer Guided Walks

June 2024 to August 2024

Summer 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. 
There are plenty of stiles and several steep inclines.         Sorry, no dogs.            

(NB. Mileage and finishing times are approximate.)


 

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

 

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.

VILLAGE LINK

To view the Village Link website and its walks, click the Village Link logo.

 

PILGRIMS' WAY

Follow the route of the Pilgrims from Whalley to Manchester. 

For detailed information on this walk click

Pilgrims' Way

or click the picture.

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

 

 

MAP OF THE WEST PENNINE WAY

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,
Greenmount,
Bury BL8 4DS.

Walk Reports

Wednesday 17th July 2024

The Eighth Section of the West Pennine Way: Cough Head, through to Pickup Bank.

On a bright and sunny morning, twelve regular walkers set out from Clough Head Café & Information Centre to complete the eighth section of the West Pennine Way (WPW). We made our way across Grane Road and headed along the Optional Route, of the WPW down to the embankment of Calf Hey Reservoir where we were pleased to see that the recent rain had started to fill the reservoirs. Calf Hey was the second of the three reservoirs to be constructed, in 1860, and it supplied the population of Rossendale with drinking water.

Calf Hey Reservoir

Once across the embankment we turned right and followed the WPW through to Hog Lowe Clough climbing steeply onto Bentley Moss from where we had good views over to Winter Hill, Darwen Tower and Hog Lowe Pike.

Climbing out of the valley

After spending time admiring the view, we descended to Broadhead Road where we were concerned that on this section of the route most of our way markers had been removed. The WPW then crosses Broadhead Road and follows a path through the fields down to a small footbridge in a shady dell, where we made use of a picnic table, to stop for our morning coffee.

Coffee stop

After climbing out of the dell we were greeted by a large bull with its cows and calves, the same ones our leaders had to avoid on the recce.

Once we had made a detour around the cows, we continued along the optional route of the WPW and soon joined the original section of the WPW where we started our return journey by heading down to Longshoot Farm. We had not walk far when we had to contend with a herd of frisky young heifers that were blocking the path.

More cattle

This section of the route runs parallel with Broadhead Road, first passing through Pastures Farm and then Lower Pastures before reaching Pickup Bank. The most striking building in the village is the Chapel which was first built as an Independent Sunday School in 1834 and consecrated as a chapel in 1860. After passing through the village the route goes by a picnic area with excellent views over to Darwen, where we stopped for lunch in the warm sunshine.

Lunch stop

Oswaldtwistle Moor

Back to Clough Head

After lunch we crossed both, Broadhead Road and the Grane Road to get onto Oswaldtwistle Moor and followed the WPW over to Haslingden Moor where we left the route and descended to Clough Head Café having covered 9.5 stimulating miles.

Friday 12th July 2024

Come Walking Series of Walks: Roddlesworth, Abbey Village & Tockholes.

This evening’s walk started from the car park of Roddlesworth Information Centre, where sixteen walkers began by crossing the road and heading down the steep path into Tockholes Plantation. Once at the bottom we joined a narrow footpath that veered to our left and followed River Roddlesworth to the footbridge, which we crossed and continued to walk through the wood. We continued along the edge of Roddlesworth Reservoirs, until we reached a footbridge, on our right, which we crossed and stopped to admire the view over to Darwen Tower.

Roddlesworth Reservoir

View of Darwen Tower

Continuing along the track we soon reached Rake Brook Reservoir, on the edge of Abbey Village where we turned right, at the Hare & Hounds Pub, and walked along the access road to Red Lee Farm. Once passed the farm we turned left onto a narrow footpath that took us over a footbridge and up to Higher Red Lee Farm. At the back of the farm, we climbed over a stile and headed across the fields to where we had met a large over friendly cart horse on the walk recce, fortunately we did not see the horse, but the stile was very difficult to climb over. After crossing more wet fields we joined the bottom of Old School Lane which led into Tockholes.

Abbey Village

Higher Hill Farm

Difficult stile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once in the village we turned right along a track, passing the Pinfold on our left which was an enclosure where stray animals were kept. At the top of the track we turned right at a cottage at Rose Cottage, and after a short walk we turned left at Higher Hill Farm, a medieval property with a Garderobe on the side of the building. Garderobes were an early type of inside toilets.

Pinfold

Higher Hill Farm with Garderobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then continued over the fields to Tockholes Road, which we crossed, and made our way back to the car park, through Ryal Fold, having covered 4.5 historic miles.