Friday 21st July 2023

Friday 21st July 2023

Come Walking Series: Turton Tower and Cheetham Close

On a dry sunny evening twenty-one walkers met at Turton Tower to begin the short, but steep walk up to Cheetham Close. The tower was originally built as a Pele tower in the 1400s and has been extended over the years. In 1682 it was bought by Humphry Chetham, of Chetham’s School of Music and Chetham’s Library, in Manchester. After leaving the tower we joined a section of the West Pennine Way (WPW), first crossing the Victorian Railway Bridge and then following the track on our right as far as the kissing gate on the left. We were pleased to see that the herd of cows were not in the field, that we were about to cross.

Leaving Turton Tower

Chatting to the cows

We then began to climb the steep slope up to the trig point, stopping occasionally to admire the views, behind us, over towards Longshaw Head. The trig point is 325 metres above sea level and has commanding views and it provides good views of the surrounding countryside. There is little evidence of the bronze age stone circle which a local farmer is said to have demolished to stop the Victorian tourists walking over his land.

Good views

Cheetham Close

On the decent to Cox Green Road, we had good views over to Winter Hill and Delph Reservoir, before passing Dimple Hall built in the 17th century and extensively extend in the 21st.

Views over to Winter Hill

Dimple Hall


When we reached the road we turned left, leaving the WPW route, and headed up to Torra Barn where we enjoyed a brief talk on the history of the barn, and the surrounding area. From here it was a short walk around Turton Golf Course back to Turton Tower, having covered a comfortable four miles.

Torra Barn

Turton Tower