Jumbles and Two Brooks Valley 16-04-2017 – Leader Judy

Jumbles and Two Brooks Valley 16-04-2017 – Leader Judy

13 bravely turned up on a disappointingly wet Easter Sunday, including new walkers Karen and Steven, who quickly integrated into the group.  It was also nice to see both Viv and Adam back amongst us.

We left Jumbles going northwards alongside Bradshaw Brook and up to Bradshaw Hall Fisheries, before crossing the A676 and commencing the gentle but steady climb to Affetside.  Winter Hill was just about visible retrospectively through the drizzle  in the distance.  We paused at the Millennium Garden and Affetside Cross on the old Roman Road, known at Watling Street.  This apparently marks the halfway point between London and Edinburgh and is believed to date back to medieval times, but any alternative purpose remains an intriguing mystery.  We then headed down an enclosed path with Holcombe Moor in the distance although Peel Tower was in the cloud, before descending into Two Brooks Valley,  which previously housed the Mill and bleaching works.  We ascended through Hawkshaw by the tennis courts as the rain became heavier, finding a wall below the Top of Quarlton for a drink and snack.  Derek earned brownie points by distributing chocolate Easter bunnies.  We then climbed to Pallet Farm before descending across fields with varying degrees of bog and mud to Turton Bottoms, passing close to its chimney.  The path along the river and Jumbles Reservoir led us back to our cars.  Arnold’s repeated enquiry about his granddaughter’s ring lost two days previously on the Jumbles Reservoir bridge brought a positive response, which was a good way to finish a lovely, but wet, walk in good company.

(Write up – Judy, Pics – Linda)

Distance – 6.3 miles  Total ascent – 910 feet.  Profile here.

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


  1. Yet another great walk Judy – we both really enjoyed it.

  2. arnolds

    Smashing walk, Judy, and excellent pictures in the conditions, Linda. The spring flowers and the chocolate bunnies were especially good.

  3. arnolds

    Karen commented “Thank you to all today’s Rossendale Ramblers for such a very warm welcome.
    We thoroughly enjoyed our first walk with you all,
    Karen and Steven x”.

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