Wednesday, 8th February 2017

Walk: Waterfold, Cromptons, Affetside Millenium Green, Watling Street Roman Road, Stormer Hill Closes, Bottoms Hall Cottages, Two Brooks Valley, Hawkshaw, Quarlton Fold Farm, Birches Farm, Turton Bottoms, Jumbles Reservoir
Start Point: Jumbles Country Park CP Grid Reference: SD 736 140
Distance: 7.75 miles Ascent: 900 feet
Time: 4.7 hours
Weather: Fine, dry and cool. (Quite fresh at Affetside). Misty around the hills so limited visibility.

The original intention for this walk was to finish by walking through Chapeltown and past Turton Tower. However, we had problems in finding a half decent footpath from Affetside down to Hawkshaw. There were various problems, the most hazardous of which was the crossing of a stream via old tyres. The route we decided upon took us past Stormer Hill Closes, near Tottington and added mileage, but had the advantage of allowing us to walk up the delightful Two Brooks Valley. 13 walkers.

The walk started though the woods at the bottom end of
Jumbles Reservoir in the Bradshaw Valley

This tree had come down across our path in the past
couple of weeks since the route had been reccied

On the way up to Affetside we found a deposit of dressed stone from an unknown source. This piece appeared to have the motto of the City of Manchester

Arriving at the Millenium Green in Affetside. This was formerly a bus turning circle

Coffee Stop at Affetside Millenium Green

Affetside Cross stands on the old Roman Road between Manchester and Ribchester.
It offered seating for our coffee break

A sign of spring, despite the low temperatures

A helpful warning but only to be seen after we had walked the path near Storner Hill Closes

Lunch in Two Brooks Valley

The cattle were still confined to the barns at Quarlton Fold Farm

Heading down to Turton Bottoms from Birches Farm

Jumbles Reservoir

It was a cold day to stand fishing at Jumbles Reservoir

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