Wednesday 21st July 2021
Monthly Long Walk: Owd Betts to Naden Valley
Ten walkers set off from the car park opposite the Owd Betts Inn on a very hot summers day and headed in the direction of Norden. After what seemed a long way walking through the fields with very little shade, we joined the Rochdale Way and made our way to the ruins of Paper House Mill, at the head of Naden Valley which was fortunately surrounded by tall trees that provided welcome shade.
Hot fields Owd Betts
At the bottom of the valley, we reached the site of Ashworth Hall and once across Ashworth Road we headed for Cheesden Valley and followed the brook as it meandered through the trees. Whilst this made for a cooler walk it meant that we had to cross the brook several times with only once having the benefit of a bridge.
Cross Cheesden Brook
A coffee break and early lunch were enjoyed in the shaded valley before arriving in Deeply Vale. Buckhurst was our final stop for refreshments where ice cream and lollies helped to cool or temperatures. We then headed back to the familiar sight of the ruins of Lumb Mill and the Owd Betts car park having covered 8 very hot miles.