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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