Monday 4th December 2017



Christmas Walk

This walk was a combination of the monthly long and short walks and included an optional lunch at the Hare & Hounds, Holcombe. Nineteen walkers set off from Greenmount Old School on an overcast chilly morning and walked along the Kirklees Trail, to Tower Farm and into Tottington Mill Woods passing the ruins of Samuel Knowles’s cotton mill. We made our way passed the Wishing Stone, where it is said that courting couples would sit and make wishes for their future, and through the woods returned onto the Kirklees Trail taking the path on the right which leads to Greenhalgh Moss Lane, Woolfold. Here we crossed Tottington Road and followed the path to the Bolholt, which was the site of a calico dying mill and is now a Best Western Hotel. We then turned right and walked along Walshaw Road passed the new Elton School building where a number of us commented on remembering the building of the previous school on that site.

Turning left into Owlerbarrow we made our way through the fields to Walshaw and along Bentley Hall Road walking as far as Bentley Hall Farm where we turned right through some very wet fields passing the route of the old Roman Road and, over to Four Lane Ends.

Walshaw area

Once across Bradshaw Road we continued through the fields to Harwood Road where we turned right and walked along the road for a short distance before turning left into a driveway and onto a path across the fields. Here we stopped for our ‘coffee break’ which as is was the Christmas walk consisted of hot mulled wine and seasonal fruit cake.

Mulled wine and fruit cake

After our refreshment we followed the path to Windmill Farm, which is undergoing extensive renovation and is on the West Pennine Walk footpath. Here we crossed Turton Road and took the footpath passed Burnt House Farm, which is awaiting renovation, and continued down into Two Brooks Valley climbing out of the valley at Sunny Top.

Christmas lunch

Once across Hawkshaw Road we turned left onto a footpath which led to Redisher Woods and on the our final destination of the Hare & Hounds and lunch have, covered a distance of 8.5 miles.