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Overview

Train-based walk

Leader: Mark F

Ascent: 300 metres

Transport to Walk Start: 10:04 train from Manchester Victoria station (final destination Blackburn).

Meet Point:  Near the ticket barriers at Victoria Station. Alternatively, meet the group on the train or at Littleborough Station. 

Suggested Ticket: Off Peak Day Return to Littleborough £7.50

Waypoints: Rochdale Canal, Summit, Leach Hill, Castle Clough, Stormer Hill, Whittaker Golf Club, Hollingworth Lake, Ealees

Walk Start: Littleborough Station at 10.30

Return Services: x03/04 & x:26/30 until 23:03, then 23:44, 00:02.

Extra: No toilets at walk start. No toilets en route until Hollingworth Lake, 1.5 miles from the end.

Saturday, 20 January 2024
Start time:
10:30 am
Estimated finish time:
3:30 pm
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
13.7km / 8.5mi
Ascent:
300m / 984ft
Type:
circular

The walk starts with a 45 minutes stroll along the Rochdale Canal where we will reach the second highest point on any canal in the UK, at Summit. We then climb steadily with good views of Chelburn Reservoir and the surrounding area, before climbing Castle Clough to reach the Old Blackstone Edge Road. We then make our way around Stormer Hill and pass through the golf course to reach Hollingworth Lake, where there are toilets and a cafe for a short stop. It's then a simple wander through the nature reserve and back to Littleborough.

Some paths are wet and muddy and boots are a must.

Features

  • Refreshments available (Pub/cafe)
  • Toilets available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • No car needed

Starting point

Grid reference:
SD 93836 16269
Nearest postcode:
OL15 8AF
what3words:
office.stream.mental
Start time:
10:30 am

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking