Monday 6th December 2021
Special Christmas Walk: Grant’s Tower Circular
On a very wet Monday morning twenty-eight walkers booked in at Greenmount Old School to start the Christmas Short Walk. After the walk we had arranged to go across the road to Miller and Carter Steak House, still affectionately know as The Bull’s Head, for our Christmas lunch.
We started the walk by heading down Brandlesholme Road, avoiding the footpaths on our left as the fields were too wet, we continued along the road to Longsight Road which we crossed and joined Wood Road Lane leading down to Summerseat. Once in the village we climbed up to the railway track and headed across Brooksbottom Cricket Field and onto Manchester Road. Carefully crossing this very busy road we climbed over a stile to join a footpath that passes Bast House and eventually reaches Bury Old Road.
After we had all safely crossed the very muddy fields, we turned left on the cobbled road and walked the short distance up to Grant’s Tower we started the first of our festive celebrations with, mulled wine, made to an old family recipe, ginger cake and chocolate truffles.
Having been suitably refreshed we walked back down through the fields to Manchester Road, which we crossed, tacking a footpath on our right that led down to Gollinrod Bridge, in the lost village of Nuttall. The original bridge was a wooden structure, destroyed in the 1940, and replace in 1970.
From Nuttall Woods we made our way back through Summerseat to Greenmount where we were joined at the restaurant by several other members of our walking group for our Christmas Lunch to celebrate another successful years walking in spite of the restriction brought about by the pandemic.