WEDNESDAY 27th DECEMBER 2017
Summerseat Circular Walk
The Post-Christmas Walk is always popular and this year was no exception as 34 walkers met at Greenmount Old School, with 6 new walkers joining our group. We started our walk by making our way along Kirklees Trail as far as Shepherds Street turning left to Tower Farm and into Tottington Mill Woods. The extensive ruins of the mill never cease to interest visitors to the site and we can always entertain them with tails of Joshua Knowles buying the mill in 1820 and converting it to calico dying, having learnt his skills as an apprentice to the Grant brothers. The mill continued production until the industries decline in the 20th century and finally closed in 1921.
Our first stop was at the “Wishing Stone” which is thought to have been part of a machine base but after the mill was demolished it became a spot where it is said couples would make wishes for their future.
From here we turned left and crossed the stream and climbed up passed the dog kennels and continued along the path to Brandlesholme Road which we crossed and turned right into Wood Road Lane. Making our way along the very wet path we continued into Summerseat and at Railway Street we turned right under the railway bridge and up the steps onto the platform of Summerseat Station. At the end of the platform we descended into Miller Street and onto to Kay Street and our refreshment rendezvous at Kay Bridge, where we enjoyed a festive treat of mulled wine and mince pies. Walkers new to the area were interested to learn of the floods of Boxing Day 2015 which destroyed the Waterside Restaurant, the building having originally been the canteen and nursery to the mill.
Thoroughly refreshed we continued our walk along Waterside Road as far as the Al Basco Italian Restaurant where we turned right into Robin Lane and walked as far as the bridge where we turned left and walked up Holcombe Brook Valley to Woodhey. At the Hare & Hounds a number of walkers left the group to walk home the remainder of us continued towards Redisher Woods and Redisher Lane and onto Bolton Road West. Once across the road we took the path which lead us through the fields and back to Greenmount having covered a distance of 6 miles.