MONDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2019
Monthly Short Walk
Once again the monthly short walk started on a morning with blue skies and sunshine with fifteen walkers leaving Greenmount Old School and heading for the golf club where we joined the West Pennine Way (WPW). Heading along the very muddy footpath, behind the clubhouse, we made our way through the fields onto Bolton Road and across into Spenleach Lane.
After a short distance we turned right through a farm gate, still following the WPW and crossed the fields into the wood at the top of Redisher Lane.
Once on the lane we turned left, walking past Simon’s Farm, and down into Redisher Wood On reaching the ruins of Higher Ridge Farm we stopped for a coffee break and to admire the last remaining Autumn colours that looked glorious in the morning sunshine. After the coffee break we walked down into the valley and climbed up the other side once in the trees we kept to the right eventually reaching a stile where we turned right along a very narrow footpath leading up to Moorbottom Road.
Passing through the very narrow stile we turned left past Bank Top Farm, which now appears to have been made into three properties. After walking for a short distance along the road we re-joined the WPW turning right onto a steep footpath that leads up to the ‘Green Bench’ where we stopped for some time to admire the view picking out the places of interest including the Welsh Hill, Affetside, Winter Hill and in the pollution haze the buildings of Manchester.
From the bench we continued the climb up to Peel Tower where we also had clear views over to Whernside, in Yorkshire, Cowpe Lowe and the turbines on Scout Moor.
Leaving the tower, we turned left and walked down to Moorbottom Road where we turned right into Holcombe Village walking down the cobbled track and eventually back to Greenmount having covered 7 sunny miles.