26th January 2019: Whitworth Doctors’ Trail
Meet: Kay Street Car Park, Rawtenstall 9.50am
Carshare to Stacksteads (car park opp. Rose ‘n Bowl) OL13 0UG. Arriving around 10.15am.
We pass the site of Stacksteads Station and follow the Greenway to Waterbarn Chapel at Brandwood, then ascend to the hamlet of Rake Head where we head westwards to Nun Hills and Pleasant View. Next will be a descent to the river passing one of the Irwell Valley sculptures and then the recreation ground. We cross the trackbed of the railway then walk up Commercial Street to Tollbar, crossing the road and taking Bankfield St. and a hidden path and bridge through a garden to go through community woodland eventually reaching Huttock End Lane and Hill Crest. Here we join Newchurch Old Road, an ancient trackway. This takes us to Bankside where we we descend Lodge Lane and cross Newchurch Road to Park Road which leads us into Stubbylee Park, The Glen and pond and welcome stop at the Stables cafe. We will then continue into Moorlands Park and Height Barn Lane to take us passed Lee Farm and Prospect Terrace where we turn right to descend to Brunswick Terrace then crossing Farholme Lane to cross the playing field to Shade End and the walk’s end ! 4 miles .
Come well shod with appropriate clothing for the likely weather forecast.
Bring your packed lunch and waterproof seat.