MONDAY 14th JANUARY 2019
Short Walk: Greenmount, Old Key’s Park, Old Ned’s, Bentley Hall and Tottington
A good weather forecast of a dry and sunny day was perhaps the encouragement needed for twenty-two walkers to join us on the Short Monday Walk which started by walking along the Kirklees Trail. At the junction with Shepherd Street we turned right and headed for Old Key’s Park making our way to Turton Road where we turned right and crossed the road onto a track that lead us to Carr Street which we crossed onto another track leading into the fields. We were surprised and delighted to see a daffodil in bloom along the side of the track, perhaps a sign of the mild winter.
Once in the fields we headed in the direction of Affetside, passing Howarth’s Farm on our right and making our way across Watling Street taking the track leading to Old Ned. This footpath took us through the farm yard and up onto Tottington Road which we also crossed onto a track that took us over Bowstone Hill, with extensive views over Bolton and Manchester.
We followed the footpath to Harwood Road, which we crossed and turned right into Bentley Road where we stopped to enjoy a coffee and chocolate break.
Refreshed we continued along the road, which was very wet and muddy, until we reached Bentley Hall Farm where we turned left onto a footpath having to negotiate a stile that had seen better days.
Once in the field we had good views over to Peel Tower and we passed the site of the Roman Road, which was part of Watling Street, before heading towards Four Lane End.
Safely across Harwood Road we joined another footpath that took us through the fields passed Birchen Bowe Farm and to the top of Sunny Bower Street. From here we walked down into Tottington and joined the Kirklees Trail taking us back to Greenmount having covered a distance of 6 sunny miles.