The Longest Days are in June

Beyond Boulsworth, Sunday June 28th

Report awaited

Photos from Julie Spencer :


Around the USA?, Sunday June 14th

With overcast skies (but just one short light shower mid morning), 15 walkers left Burrs Country Park on this 20 mile walk. Word must have spread that this Yorkshire leader with very short arms and very deep pockets was prepared to put £1 on the line as a prize to the first person who could guess correctly why the walk was called Around the USA?

We left Burrs Country Park following the River Irwell in a northerly direction. Straight away we spotted a moorhen chick with its mother on the nest. Later we had to tiptoe past the alligator!

Hidden in the trees is the East Lancs Railway, and as we approached Summerseat Station, a steam train was leaving. Unfortunately, we could only see glimpses of it through the trees.

Soon, on the outskirts of Ramsbottom, we picked up Derek Magnall's Ramsbottom Round. After a short break at Lumb Bridge, we started the ascent to Knowl Hill, passing Owd Betts on the way.

Turning west from Knowl Hill, we left the Ramsbottom Round and descended to the dam between Naden Middle and Naden Lower Reservoirs. After walking alongside Greenbooth Reservoir, we crossed the dam before dropping down to the Edenfield road and into the woods for our lunch.

After lunch we picked up the River Roch which we followed to Crimble Mill, then on the other side of the river back to Bury & Rochdale Old Road.

Soon we were back in the woods with Cheesden Brook on our right before a stiff little climb up to our last short break with views over to Knowl Hill.

Just a few miles later we were at the Brown Cow at Burrs. Now the pressure was on! After being asked many times during the walk for clues as to why it was called Around the USA? And quite a few guesses, the call went up “Why is it called Around the USA?” I was just about to relax, thinking my £1 was safe, when Peter said he would like to have a guess! My heart rate beat faster and faster as he gave his answer! Oh well, easy come, easy go, I’m just pleased I didn’t make it a fiver!!

Congratulations Peter, don’t spend it all at once.

Ken Noble




Geoff's Malham Walk, Wednesday June 3rd

Report awaited but lots of photos

from Howard Smith on Picasa

from Mark Reed on Google Photos

from Ken Noble