Monday 7th August 2023
Monthly Short Walk: Eastern Hills Circular
Twenty-two walkers left Greenmount on a bright and sunny morning and headed down Brandlesholme Road, and through the fields onto Wood Road Lane and down into Summerseat. After crossing the railway line, we followed the footpath in the direction of Burrs, but on reaching Springside Road we turned left and walked along the road into Limefield. Once across the main road we walked around the Post Office, and onto Walmersley Old Road, where we walked for a short distance before turning right and joined a footpath that took us to Humber Drive, where we joined another footpath which crossed the footbridge over Pigs Lee Brook, that looked especially attractive with the water lilies reflecting the bright sunshine.
At the top of the slope, we turned left and joined a narrow footpath that first took us under the M66 and then along the edge of Walmersley Golf Course and up to Cob House Farm, which is a dairy farm with many cows. Once through the farmyard our route should have been across the fields and over to Grindles Farm, however due to the cows blocking the ladder stile we decided the safest option was to retract our steps back to the farm but before doing so we stopped for morning coffee in the shelter of a stone wall.
After joining White Carr Lane, the access road to Walmersley Golf Club, we walked down the road into Baldingstone and back through the woods to Falshaw’s Farm. Once on Rowland’s Road we headed back into Summerseat and along Vernon Road into Greenmount, having covered seven sunny miles.