Holden Arms – 02-08-2018 – Leader Arnold

Holden Arms – 02-08-2018 – Leader Arnold

On another brilliantly sunny evening, 19 walkers arrived for our penultimate short walk this year.  There was a good mixture of Rossie Ramblers longstanding members, new members, other friends we have made on the walks this year, and several new people – plus Lola, a lovely cockerpoo.  All were made very welcome.

From the Holden Arms, we walked along the road a little way before turning onto National Cycle Route 6 above Swinnel Brook residential park, and then through woods, parkland, and across playing fields into Helmshore.  Then we crossed  Rossendale golf course – fortunately quiet this evening – and over a low and easy stile to take us across fields and down to a tributary of the River Irwell (the River Ogden).  This latter stretch was a bit tricky and scratchy at times, but we all survived OK.

From there it was back along the river and under the mighty railway arches, before going through Holme Vale (Snig Hole – a snig being an eel), and passing Helmshore Textile Museum on the disused railway line.  At this point 4 people went back to the cars, while the rest dropped down to the Robin Hood for a very sociable drink while we fed the midges!

A lovely evening, with excellent views of Tor Hill, Musbury Heights, and Scout Moor without the effort of climbing up to them!  The distance was 4.1 miles, with 350 feet of ascent.  Thanks to all for coming, to David for back marking, and to Judy for going back for the latecomer.

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