Unsworth 17-09-2017 – Leader Roy

Unsworth 17-09-2017 – Leader Roy

On a nice morning, with a good forecast, 13 turned out for Roy’s walk today, including two new walkers with us, Janet from Waterfoot, and her friend Pauline, from Burnley.  Janet had spotted our post on Facebook, so that’s one for Carol.  It was also very nice to see Val again, who hasn’t managed to join us for a while.  We hope we see them all again before too long.

Roy had warned me in advance that this would be a ‘friends of the M66’ walk, and so it turned out as he led us south to the motorway, passing a car boot sale and the side of Pike Fold golf course.  We crossed the motorway and then walked down the side of it for half a mile on a path that nobody but Roy knew existed.  Actually, that’s a lie, as it had recently been neatly strimmed, unlike some nettle-laden paths that we were to meet later in the walk.  Leaving the motorway, we travelled north east along the oddly-named Egypt Lane, passing a rather splendid young bull on the way.  We continued along two sides of the golf course, passing through Moss Side Farm, where the horses are chipped and the cats are very friendly – though no pics, I’m afraid.  We then encountered some serious nettles, plus some even more serious German Shepherds at Brick House, as you will see from the featured photo.  It was then through Thurston Fold and across some nice fields, with big skies above, to our break stop just beyond.

After the break we turned east to cross a stream near Castle House, and continued across the fields very pleasantly to Meadow Croft Fold, with views over to Scout Moor wind farm.  Then it was north to Pilsworth Clough – complete with bee hives – and thence to the road near Pilsworth Distribution Park.  After a short while on the road, we turned south west through woodland to cross under the M66 into the edge of Hollins Vale Local Nature Reserve, and then through a housing area back to the start – spot on 1.30 pm!  As we were saying our farewells and congratulating Roy on a most pleasant morning walk, a few large spots of rain began to fall – well-timed.

(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.



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