Wayoh & Entwistle Reservoirs 16-07-2017 – Leader Judy

Wayoh & Entwistle Reservoirs 16-07-2017 – Leader Judy

On a very pleasant morning, 8 ramblers turned up at Edgworth, including Alison and her friend Norma – nice to see them again – and John from Lancaster Ramblers, visiting one of his sons in Bury.  Judy had promised us the two Victorian reservoirs of Wayoh and Entwistle, farmland, bridleways, a military Roman road and some (jungle-like) woods.   She said there would be a lot of good tracks and great views, but also some long wet grass, brambles, nettles and bracken in parts, so those with sensitive legs may prefer to swap shorts for trousers!  I can’t really improve on that description, except to say that for a long time I did not believe that we would see the reservoirs, except for fleeting glimpses through the trees, but Judy came up trumps reservoirwise in the end.

After admiring the 1828 Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on the main road, Judy and I joined the others and set off north through the woods alongside Wayoh, following the Witton Weavers Way.  At the end of the reservoir we continued pleasantly through more woodland to reach the delightful Wayoh Fold Cottage.  This brought us onto the Roman road that ran from Manchester to Ribchester.  On this road we met a number of walkers doing a 23 mile charity walk from Blackburn to Manchester; good on ’em.  Turning west across the fields, Roy then demonstrated his strength by dismantling a gate bolt, which was actually a lot easier than it sounds.  For a little while after this, we were treated to some lovely views, before entering Bank Wood, wherein we had our break.

Heading south after our break, we walked across the front of Delph House, with the top end of the lawn looking like a golf tee, it was so splendid.  I thought I had quite a large lawn until we looked back up at the house from the bottom of their garden!  This was the first of quite a few splendid houses that we were to see, though whether or not the eco houses that we saw later at Turton Crossing could be included in this category is a moot point.  Anyway, continuing southward, we reached Turton & Entwistle Reservoir, and followed its eastern shore to pick up the Witton Weavers Way again, with quite splendid long distance views over countryside, farms, and villages.  Leaving the WWW, we turned east to Turton Crossing, where Judy nearly got a headache as the barrier came down before a train approached!

We were soon in the delightful village of Chapeltown, full of history, and with connections to Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.  This time it was Judy, not Colonel Mustard, who sat in the village stocks!  A quick turn east took us across the Wayoh dam, with an interesting poo bag bag, and thence up into Edgworth at the Black Bull to finish a really excellent walk, thanks to Judy.

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

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