Turton 22-02-2017 – Leader Rob

Turton 22-02-2017 – Leader Rob

Another huge turnout of 26 today, all wanting to see if Rob has made his peace with the weather gods.  Early on, it didn’t look as though he had, as some quite heavy rain fell, and – with a forecast of blustery winds – we did wonder what was in store.  in the event, the rain stopped, the wind didn’t come to much, and the sun shone from a blue sky, so all must be well.  Today we had a new walker with us – Joe from Rawtenstall (via Facebook, Carol), and we also had Graeme’s wife Jane, plus Linda’s friend Gill, who is set fair to become a regular.  Nice to see them all.  From the delightfully named Ousel’s Nest car park, Rob led us along part of the Rotary Way, passing the back of the Last Drop Village, and then by quite a dramatic disused quarry, before reaching Turton Golf Club.  Here we swung east to reach the interesting pile that is Turton Tower, where the loos were a big attraction!  This took us into Chapeltown, with an interesting old Williams Deacons Bank building.  Then it was to St Anne’s Parish Church at Turton, where we took our first break.  The churchyard has a lovely memorial garden, including memorials to Nat Lofthouse and his wife; how Bolton FC could do with Nat now!

After the break, we doubled back across the railway line to hit the Witton Weavers Way for a short stretch, before cutting off to cross Billy Brook, passing a splendid horse sculpture en-route to Wayoh Reservoir.  Then it was south along the edge of the reservoir and across the dam into Edgworth.  Crossing the main road, we saw a plaque on a building where Sir Thomas Barlow, royal physician to 3 monarchs, was born.  The Barlow Institute in Edgworth is named after him.  (Amazingly, he lived to the ripe old age of 99.)  From here we meandered south into the pretty hamlet of Turton Bottoms, and then south east to cross Bury Road.  A short climb took us up to Quarlton Fold Farm, where we were noisily greeted by a rather large German Shepherd – fortunately not an aggressive one, though!  Soon after, we had lunch in a nice spot, with excellent views across to Holcombe Hill and Peel Tower.

After lunch, we turned south to cross the main A676 Ramsbottom to Bolton road, after which we crossed a flooded stream by treading on some floating car tyres – a very unusual and precarious way to cross, but I think we all managed.  It was then a bit of a pull up to Higher Barn Farm before crossing Bury Road once again to reach the pretty village of Affetside, on Watling Street – a Roman Road.  Heading west across the fields from Affetside, we came across an interesting jumble of stones, with one of the pieces having a motto ‘Concilio et Labore’ on it, plus some embossed bees.  This turns out to be the motto of Manchester City Council, and means something like ‘Wisdom and Effort’.  There is a good description of the Manchester coat of arms here, which also explains the significance of the bees on the globe; well worth a read.  But that doesn’t explain why the stones were there.  Whatever, we were now on the last lap back to Jumbles and thence to the King William pub for refreshments, to end a varied, interesting, and inevitably sometimes muddy walk, thanks to Rob.  My thanks go to those who helped poorly me over stiles, and tried to ensure that I didn’t come a cropper on some of the muddy and slippery slopes that we encountered.

(Write up Arnold, pics Arnold & David.  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. Great walk – thanks Rob.

    Even with a dodgy shoulder, the write up and photos are top notch – well done Arnold.

    Many thanks to everyone for making Jane so welcome. She enjoyed the walk and the conversations.

  2. Joe, our new walker today, has commented on Facebook: “Hi, I was just hoping you could pass on to the other members of the group my thanks for being so welcoming today. Everyone was very kind. I really enjoyed the day and look forward to joining you on one of the weekend walks shortly.”

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