MONDAY 13th JUNE
Two Brooks Valley and Top of Quarlton
On another beautiful June morning nineteen walkers made their way across Greenmount Golf Course and headed for the orchard in Holly Mount to admire the views and the blossom in the sunshine.
From the orchard we joined a section of the West Pennine Way (WPW) and descended into Two Brooks Valley. On reaching the ruins of Bottoms Mill we took the second, of the two paths on our left and climbed out of the valley. On arriving at Turton road we turned right for a short distance before joining a path that took us back down into the valley. We had to make this detour as the lower path was closed due to a collapsed culvert, although the route we took gave us clear views over to Holcombe Moor and we enjoyed using less familiar footpaths.
Once past Two Brook Farm we walked into Hawkshaw and made our way up Hawkshaw Lane, for a short distance, before taking the first footpath on our left and walked through the fields to Lower House. At this point some of our more adventurous walkers enjoyed time playing on the tree swing. Our next stop was at Top of Quarlton, where we had our morning coffee overlooking more views of the West Pennies.
After coffee we headed back down to Hawkshaw Lane where we turned right through Higher House Farm and on to the Range House, of Holcombe Rifle Range. Our route back to Greenmount was through Redisher Wood, which looked glorious in the dappled sunshine. Once back in the village, we had covered 6 playful miles.