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.
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.