After the Walk June 2024

Sunday June 30th. Pendle Way Part 4. 17 miles. Leader: Paul and Jeanette Banks.


Click on the link below for Howard's pictures of the day.



Wednesday June 26th. Circumnavigating Cutacre. 10 miles. Leader: Phil Chapman.

Here goes. What a fabulous day for a walk.  Weather perfect.  We started from the Cutacre Car Park.  15 walkers. Excellent.

Made our way to the Pretoria Mining Disaster Memorial of which a good half dozen walkers of our walkers had not been to before so that was a plus.  Quick coffee then made our merry way skirting Atherton and Shakerley.  Comments were made about the Jungle Conditions.  Nobody got away from being Stung.  13 walkers were in Shorts so it was inevitable.   

Onwards past Tyldesley and towards Mosley Common where we deviated from Cutacre Park.  Had lunch at a "Private Cemetery"?  Where a guy and ourselves had a conversation about Right of Way. 

From there we made our way to Engine Fold then finally back into Cutacre.  Along the way it was mentioned about the Pace 2.8mph bit too fast for a "Plodder"  Woops. 

Back to the cars.  And the Walk was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.




Thursday June 20th. Solstice Special. 17 miles. Leader: John Shortt.



Sunday June 16th. Ramsbottom Round. 20 miles. Leader: Dave Walsh.

Seventeen of us and one dog Lunar set off from Nuttall Park. Uphill all the way, stone steps to a bridge over the motorway, across a field & then a lane to the A56. Brief walk along the road & then uphill to Grants Tower for a group photo.

From the tower, we made our way to Harden Moor & followed it to Cheesden. A path at the side of the Owd Betts pub led us up Knowl Hill. There were dark clouds all around us, but they passed us by & we had a morning break after dropping down from the hill.

We were hit by heavy rain as we walked along the service paths to the wind farm, but fortunately it did not last too long & was the only rain we had all day. Dropping down from the moor, we reached Edenfield & then had lunch at Irwell Vale train station where a steam train was just leaving.

A different route had to be taken from previous years as there had been a landslide some weeks ago, causing a path closure. On the recce, some locals at the church cafe put us on a different path to take us to Helmshore. We climbed up to Holcombe Moor & after passing Pilgrims Cross, we reached our afternoon break stop at Peel Tower. Home made cakes & drinks were purchased from East Lancs members & other helpers raising funds for charity.

Dropping down from Peel Tower paths led us to Holcombe Brook. A walk through the woods by a stream took us back to the cars at Nuttall Park.

Thanks to those who attended & supported such worthy charities as MND & MS.




Wednesday June 12th. Watergrove Circular. 12 miles. Leader: Andy Griffin.


Our walk started from Station Road, Broadley. The route followed the disused Rochdale to Bacup railway line through Healey Dell to Shawclough Road in Rochdale before continuing towards Thrum Hall Lane and then  heading  to Healey Stones.
We walked through the hamlet and took the field paths to pass-by two out of use reservoirs to get to Limersgate. From here we climbed up to Lobden to meet the Pennine Bridleway to head off towards Watergrove Reservoir.
We continued around the Reservoir before heading up Ramsden Road (track) to meet an old Packhorse route to Walsden called the Long Causeway. This was the start of the higher moorland section of the walk. The route rose up onto Crook Moor where we branched left to cross Ramsden Road which by now is a stoney path.
The path we took ascended up the side of Rough Hill onto Hades Hill where we had a lunch stop. Afterwards we continued down to Middle Hill and dropped down off the hill before taking our last climb of the day up Brown Wardle. The route back to Broadley took us off Brown Wardle following the Rossendale way to Lobden and we headed down past Whitworth Square to eventually get back onto the disused railway. An easy walk took us back through Healey Dell finish the walk by 3.00pm.

Sixteen walkers and Alfie the dog completed the walk. My GPS said we walked 12.15 miles with 1558 feet of climbing.

Thanks to everyone who came along,

Andy Griffin



Sunday June 9th. Pendle Way Part 3. 19 miles. Leaders: Paul and Jeanette Banks.




Sunday June 2nd. Pie f'Dinner. 19 miles. Leader: Gerald Dentith.


East Lancs crossed the border for Gerald and Susan’s walk, fifteen folk and one happy dog met at Threshfield, with a strong contingent of West Yorks friends and a couple of first-timers too. The weather was perfect.


We went firstly via Linton for a break and ice-cream at Burnsall Bridge. Then up the River Wharfe to cross the oscillating suspension bridge and on to skirt Grassington. We followed the Dales Way north with its singing larks to our objective, Conistone Pie, which was indeed vaguely pie-shaped, although much discussion failed to determine what sort of pie it might be. Lunch was held nearby.


After a day of benign terrain we were a bit surprised to have to negotiate the limestone gorge of Consitone Dib, but this was safely done and we re-joined the Wharfe to follow it down to the start. The sand martins of the Wharfe seemed to be doing well, unlike the swallows and swifts sadly.


Many thanks to Gerald and Susan for a good day in the Dales at their stunning best.