Sunday, 8th September 2013

Walk: Birches, Walves Reservoir, Quarlton Fold Farm, Lark Hill, Peel Tower, Saplin Wood, Hollingrove Farm, Loe Bridge, Croichley Fold, Affetside, Cromptons
Start Point: Jumbles Country Park CP Grid Reference: SD 136 140
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 1,800 feet
Time: 6.25 hours    
Weather: Fine, occasionally breezy and cool. Clear visibility.
Comments: 14 walkers. Brief delay whilst army cadets finished firing on the Holcombe Training camp. We were fortunate to find the Peel Tower was open and most of the group paid 75p (Senior rate) to climb the 128 feet and 148 steps. The view was superb. The route from the tower to Hollingrove Farm had caused problems and necessitated 3 reccies. Descents through Redisher Wood were steep, muddy and slippery. The Saplin Wood route from near Bank Top Farm was far more suitable.
It was a walk of several stiles. Some were in poor condition and one between Croichley Fold and Affetside was reported to Bury Metro.

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We walked past the end of Walves Reservoir

 

As we climbed the view opened out. Fiddler's Ferry was zoomed in from the South West

 

Coffee break below lower house

 

Heading towards Higher House Farm with Quarlton Heights on the skyline

 

Quarlton Heights from Lark Hill

 

Threatening clouds over Winter Hill

 

Ruined farm buildings on Lark Hill

 

Looking down Red Brook towards the Holcombe Rifle Ranges

 

Climbing onto Holcombe Moor

 

Approaching the Peel Tower. The flag is flown when it is open

 

The tower is named after Sir Robert Peel

 

View from the top of Peel Tower, across Holcombe Moor to Harcles Hill

 

View across Rossendale to the Ashworth Moor Reservoir

 

Dark clouds over Bury

 

Looking down the Peel Tower staircase

 

Bottom Simon Lodge seemed to be largely overgrown

 

This broken stile between Croichley Fold and Affetside has now been reported to Bury Metro

 

The view back shows the start of our descent to the right of the Peel Tower

 

Our tea break was on the Millennium Green in Affetside

 

Water lily on Affetside Millennium Green

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