Meet 6.10pm at Toby Carvery car park Greenmount or 6.40pm at Barrow Bridge car park.
A Circular walk from Barrow Bridge through Walker Fold and Sheep Cote Green Farm onto Smithills Moor. This is lovely evening walk through woodland and farm land to the isolated reservoir on Smithills Moor not far from Winter Hill.
Parking at Barrow Bridge, an excellent car park at Grid reference 686117. Turn off Moss Bank Way Bolton at the traffic lights, then sharp right to Barrow Bridge the car park is on the left after passing the tall brick chimney and the bus turning circle.
Turn left out of car park and follow road to the bend, here take footpath straight on following stream to the 63 steps, known as ‘The Miners Steps’. These were used 200 years ago by the workers going to the coalmines and quarries on the moors.
Go up the steps and continue on the path ignoring gated footpath on the right. At fork in path go right signposted Walker Fold continue on this good path through Walker Fold onto the main road, here turn right down the road, just before the bend take footpath left through Walker Fold Woods.
After crossing footbridge turn left up steps. At fork in paths go right up more steps and through a plantation then straight on keeping to the left of fencing up to Sheep Cote Green Farm. Here turn right sign posted Colliers Row and follow access road to T junction. Turn left up to next T junction with Coal Pit Lane. Turn left for just a short distance to wooden walkway on the right which leads through a gate onto Open Access land, continue up heathland through heather, after next kissing gate turn right to go through next kissing gate.
Here go straight ahead up moorland towards reservoir dam. At fork in path turn left up to the edge of the reservoir. Turn left and follow path alongside the reservoir to the corner, then continues in same direction going through the heather and down to T junction.
Turn right on this moorland track after going down steps take first stile on the left through Roscoe Clough Tenement onto tarmac lane. Turn left only for a very short distance then right down road to property on left, here turn left on footpath through woods and back to Sheep Cote Farm returning to Barrow Bridge by reversing route at the start of the walk going through woodlands and Walker Fold back to Barrow Bridge.