Tuesday 27th December 2022

Walk Reports – Autumn and Winter 2022

Tuesday 27th December 2022

Christmas Holiday Walk for all the family.

This walk was aimed at providing exercise and fresh air over the Christmas period and fifty-one walkers arrived at Greenmount Old School to do just that. After registering all the new walkers, we headed down Kirklees Trail as far as Shepherd Street, where we turned left and made our way to Tower Farm, built by Joshua Knowles in 1840 and was originally used as a warehouse and stables. From here we turned right and made our way into Tottington Mill Wood, where the ruins of the mill can be clearly seen.

Kirklees Trail

Tottington Mill Wood

Following the tracks through the wood we eventually crossed Kirklees Brook and headed passed the Holcombe Hunt Kennels to Brandlesholme Old Hall and Cruck Barn, bult in the 16th century, originally owed by the Greenhalgh family.

Crossing Kirklees Brook

Cruck Barn

Once across the busy main road we made our way along Wood Road Lane into the hamlet of Wood Road and to the bridge over the river Irwell. Instead of crossing the bridge we took the footpath on our left that follows the river, which was in full flow due to the recent heavy rain.

River Irwell

It was just a short walk into the village of Summerseat, where we enjoyed our traditional mulled wine, or hot Vimto, and mince pies, which had been kindly delivered by one of our villagers. At this point there was a choice of routes back, with one group going through Holcombe Valley to Holcombe Brook, and the other group heading up Hazel Hall Lane and back to Greenmount, both covering approximately four festive miles.

Mulled wine & mince pies