Towneley 12-12-2018 – Leader Rosemary

Towneley 12-12-2018 – Leader Rosemary

Poor Viv & Steve – this could so easily have been a splendid debut day for you, with not a drop of rain falling on us, but it was not to be.  Most weather forecasters would say there was not much weather about today – not really cold, not really sunny, not really windy – but it all made a splendid day for walking, with some lovely misty views that were well captured by Mark.  There wasn’t even any mud to speak of.  The start photo, if you add one for Ann, and one for the photographer, shows 29 people, but Roger P very cleverly joined us at the coffee stop, having set off late from home.  A new walker with us today was Joanna, who walks with our Bury U3A bunch.  She was made very welcome, and we hope to see her again.

From the garden centre café, we climbed gently north east along Deer Park Road to Brunshaw Village, and thence to Worsthorne – always a pretty place to visit.  Here Mark spotted a very nice war memorial bench and some soldier silhouettes on the wall behind.  Still climbing, we were now heading due east through aptly-named Mooredge Farm, and thence to Gorple Road at around 1000 feet, with quite dramatic views down to Hurstwood Reservoir.  Dropping down a little, we had our coffee break with extensive views.  During the break Rosemary and Roy generously shared their raffle prizes from Basil’s talk on the previous evening.

After the break we skirted the east side of the reservoir to pick up the Pennine Bridleway, which took us south across the dam of Cant Clough Reservoir and through some old mining spoil heaps, aka Shedden Clough Limestone Hushings, hushing being an ancient and historic mining method using a flood or torrent of water to reveal mineral veins.  This took us to Long Causeway, with Coal Clough wind farm on the other side of the road.  Crossing over, at about the highest point of the walk – hence the wind farm – we were soon at our elevated lunch spot above Green Clough.  During our lunch the sun broke through the cloud, showing ‘angel rays’, as they are sometimes called.  Once again, things were shared, this time Jean’s lovely sloe gin, and Mark’s very interesting épine.

Feeling a little chilly after lunch, we dropped slightly to Holme Chapel, with a churchyard containing the grave of General James Scarlett, who led the charge of the heavy brigade (not the light brigade) during the Crimean Battle of Balaclava in 1854.  Then it was northwest on the Burnley Way, climbing gently, with pleasant views, to reach Cliviger, and thence back to Towneley.  Very efficiently served refreshments in the garden centre café finished an excellent day, thanks to Rosemary, to Jean for back marking, and to our cameraman Mark.

Write up Arnold, pics Mark.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.

If you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.

There is a link to the slideshow here.  You will need to click within the black page that opens up to see the show.


  1. Thanks Arnold for your excellent write up complimented well by photos taken by Mark. I am grateful to Jean who made sure 30 people returned to Townley Park.

  2. A really nice walk Rosemary in good weather – I was very impressed with Green Clough, I’m going to go back there with my big camera!

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