Edenfield, 05-10-2016 – Leader Dougie

Edenfield, 05-10-2016 – Leader Dougie

On a bright and breezy morning, 20 bright and breezy ramblers turned out, including Jean Jeanie in the flesh, instead of on Facebook.  We welcomed Roger from Bury Ramblers for his first walk with us, and hope to see him again soon.  Although 20 started, only 19 returned, as unfortunately the wind troubled Jenny’s eyes, so she had to give up early on – hope you are OK, Jenny.  After ordering our afters at the Drop Off café (guess who ordered corned beef hash?), Dougie led us east across the fields, climbing quite steeply, and we were immediately rewarded with lovely views.  Indeed, the whole walk was incredibly scenic, often with complete 360º views – so the Lakes and the Dales don’t have it all their own way.  As you will see from the profile, it was one continual – but quite gentle – climb along Sand Beds Lane and on to the summit of Cowpe Lowe, at around 1450 feet, with views of Cowpe Reservoir.  By this time we knew that the wind was blustery and pretty cool, so some gloves were donned, as well as Sue’s new pink beanie hat!!

After our coffee break, we headed south to the Rossendale Way, along what had been the tramway for removing stone from Cragg Quarry.  Dougie, as informative as ever, gave us a lot of information about quarrying in the area, explaining what a hard life it had been for many of the workers.  The story of the Valley of Stone is given here.  Cragg and Lee Quarries are now very well known as high quality mountain bike routes, and we were to see some of the fearsome tracks that they traverse – rather like skiing over moguls (thanks, Glyn).  Continuing east, we soon left the Rossendale Way to reach the trig point at Top of Leach, the highest point in Rossendale at 474 metres (1540 feet).  A marker post stands nearby, each face pointing to a different borough, as here is where several borough boundaries meet.  A short distance from here, on Hail Storm Hill (!), we had our lunch in the lee of a ruined stone building, with Dougie – as befits the leader – bagging the most sheltered spot in what looked like a mine adit.

Now we were in the midst of the Scout Moor wind farm, the turbines reaching 100 metres to the blade tip, the blades themselves being 40 metres long, needing a very large wagon to transport them.  (A major extension to this wind farm has been approved by both Rossendale and Rochdale Councils, but the Secretary of State has decided that a public enquiry should be held into the case.  This begins at 10 am on 11 October, and is scheduled to last for 8 days.  The venue is Rossendale Council offices at Futures Park.)  We walked west through the wind farm to the summit of Whittle Hill and a cross on a cairn, commemorating Geoffey Molyneux, a flying officer and Scout Group founder who was lost on a flying mission in 1955.  An appropriate tribute on Scout Moor.

Backtracking and then heading north, with rugged views down to the reservoir, we came to Waugh’s Well and then Edwin Waugh’s home at Fo Edge Farm.  (Interestingly, Wetherspoon’s have a pub in Heywood named after this local dialect poet.)  Then it was an easy amble downward on a good track and then through some nice woods back to Edenfield and the Drop Off café.  We were very efficiently looked after here, and I can vouch for the excellence of the corned beef hash.  Thus ended a magnificent moorland meander, thanks to Dougie.

(Pics & write up Arnold.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.)

Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.



  1. Roger Pegum

    An enjoyable walk with friendly people. Thank you for making me feel welcome.

  2. Graeme Adlum

    An enjoyable walk with great views of familiar surroundings. Thanks Dougie.
    Super photo’s and write up – thanks Arnold.

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