Wednesday, 13th March 2013

Walk: Smithills Hall, Tippett House, Pendlebury's Farm, Chadwick's Close Farm, Holden's Farm, Adam Hill, Burnt Edge, Walker Fold Farm and the 63 steps
Start Point: Barrow bridge car park Grid Reference: SD 687 117
Distance: 7.5 miles Ascent: 1,000 feet
Time: 4 hours    
Weather: Fine with a cold wind and sunny intervals, apart from a brief snow flurry.
Comments: 19 walkers experienced as dry a walk as it is possible to have in this area. The path across Adam Hill was frozen hard.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

What is there to see . . .

 

something that Fred didn't demolish . . .

 

Barrow Bridge Mill chimney

 

Curious Ramblers at Smithills Hall . . .

 

nosey aren't they?

 

Landscaped grounds at Smithills Country Park . . .

 

along with interesting buildings

 

Lots of Brass and TLC required - where are you Restoration Man?

 

Colliers Row km, Coal Pit Road km - Miner sign

 

A woodland path . . .

 

ending with a few steps

 

Coffee and a chat near Pendlebury's Farm

 

The view across Bolton once had more chimneys and smoke

 

The peloton approaching Chadwick's Close Farm

 

Looking back from near Holden's Plantation

 

Fred Dibnah's chimney reminded us where we had started from

 

The clouds impressed rather than threatened

 

We had a view of Rivington Pike . . .

 

and a view of the Two Lads

 

Overlooking Bolton and Fred's chimney in one direction . . .

 

with the TV masts of Winter Hill in the opposite direction . . .

 

with the masts standing out against some dark clouds

 

We ended our walk as miners and quarrymen had done in the past, by descending the 63 steps

 

A reclining rambler

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