Wednesday, 11th May 2016

Walk: Boarsgreave, Brandwood Moor, Greens Moor, Rooley Moor Road, Ding Quarry, Cowpe Moss, Cragg Quarry, Cowpe Lowe, Puss Height and Lower Fold. (Including stretches of the Rossendale Way and the Pennine Bridleway)
Start Point: Cowpe Grid Reference: SD 838 207
Distance: 7.5 miles Ascent: 1,150 feet
Time: 4.75 hours
Weather: Overcast, dry, breezy. On the day our views stretched as far as Winter Hill, Pendle Hill and Brown Wardle.
Comments: 11 walkers, most of whom were walking on new territory. The walk started at the roadside, but having discovered the Greenbridge Car Park on the reccie, we would use that on future occasions as a walk starting point in Cowpe.
Ramblers have different views about wind turbines. There are certainly too many in East Lancashire, however this leader would argue that quarries such as Ding, created probably over 100 years ago, have left more permanent and deep scarring on the landscape.
Two gates on the path over Brandwood Moor were locked. Plenty of skylarks seen and heard on the moorland parts of the walk.
It’s an area that offers plenty of good walking on the old tramways and the separation of walkers and mountain bikers seems to have been well managed

Looking over Boarsgreave towards our target, Cowpe Lowe

Heading up towards Brandwood Moor

We headed south down the Rooley Moor Road, a job creation scheme
of the Rochdale Poor Law Guardians during the Cotton Famine in the 1860s

A small part of Ding Quarry

Our lunch time view was across Scout Moor

At lunch time we sat with our backs to one of the former quarry tramways

Inspecting a display board at Cragg Quarry

The display board. We were puzzled trying to work out
how the steam engine was brought to the top of the moor

Looking down on Cowpe Reservoir on the reccie

The main tramway across Cragg Quarry. This was Lancashire's mountain railway

At the Cowpe Lowe trig point

After the walk we visited the cafe cabin in this car park in Cowpe

Looking at the day's photographs whilst waiting for coffee and scones

You're not going to take that photo! Oh yes I did!

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