Walk Report for Monday 13th February
Eastern Hill Ramble
It was a dull dry start for our walk. Starting from Greenmount Old School we made our way up to Buckhurst via Summerseat, the footpath running parallel with Bass Lane, then across the motorway bridge before taking the diverted footpath round Bass House, where farm buildings are being converted into dwellings. Here we were, as always, greeted by the two donkeys or perhaps they are asses or mules, grazing in the field. We continued up a muddy field before crossing Bury Old Road, once the main road into Bury, before the A 56 was built.
Passing Ridshaw Farm we followed the old packhorse track through Buckhurst Farm and past what was once Buckhurst school, now converted into a house. During Covid, the owners, opened the now very popular Buckhurst Lodge café.
Although the café was closed the owner let us use the outdoor benches to have our coffee break. She said, in future, if we were to contact her beforehand, she would open the café for us, all details on her Facebook page.
We continued down Croston Close Road passing Cob House Nab, where the road becomes a narrow walled packhorse track before turning left, on Scotland road, still an ancient packhorse track to the high ground looking down on the Cheesden Valley. After stopping to admire the splendid views we made our way to Burrs Country Park, via Old Birtle, Harwood Fields, Robinson’s Equestrian Centre, and over the motorway, through Cheesham Woods, past the Lido and Jubilee Centre.
From Burrs we took the footpath to Brandlesholme were we had a most enjoyable meal at the Casolea Café. Take a look on their Facebook and you will see us having lunch!
After lunch, the sun had come out as we made our way back to Greenmount passing Brandlesholme Old Hall, where it is sad to see the Grade ll listed Cruck Barn in such a sorry state. A lovely walk through the Kirklees valley and we were back to the start.