FRIDAY 27th DECEMBER 2019
The post-Christmas walk is designed to help work off some of the extra calories gained over the festive period and this morning thirty-two walkers had joined us to do just that. Leaving Greenmount Old School we made our way past the Church and onto Greenmount Golf Course where we turned right and headed across the muddy fields past Holhouse Farm and onto Bolton Road, Hawkshaw. After crossing the road, we turned left for a short distance before taking a track on our right that took us through the fields and over a couple of stiles onto Redisher Lane.
Once on the lane we turned left and headed up to Simons Farm and Sundial Cottage both of these buildings dating back to the 17th Century with the cottage being Grade II listed and owned at the present time by the MOD. Passing through the gate, at the side of the cottage, we descended along a track into Redisher Wood Nature Reserve. The ancient woodland has its origins in the 18th century with the first reference being in 1797. The origin of the name is thought to refer to the red ochrous deposits from the iron ore in the bedrock, evidence of which can still be seen in the waters of the brook.
At the bottom of the slope we turned right walking over the wooden decking and into the valley passing the attractive Simons Lodge on our right and eventually arriving at the newly built stone footbridge which is designed to restrict the flow of water, down the brook, in times of flooding.
Once in Holcombe Brook we crossed over the main road, into Woodhey Road where we enjoyed a festive refreshment of mulled wine and mince pies before continuing along the road and dropping down into Holcombe Valley.
At the bottom of the valley we turned right on to Robin Road where we walked past a row of attractive stone cottages into Summerseat and turned right making our way up to Hazel Hall Lane where we turned left. At the end of the lane we crossed Longsight Road going through a stile, on the opposite side of the road, and joined a footpath which took us to Brandlesholme Road and back to Greenmount having covered 4.5 calorie reducing miles.