Moorland Walk – Crompton Moor To Hollingworth Lake
Yesterday, 3 of us set off on a moorland walk. We walked the 12 miles from Crompton Moor in Oldham to Hollingworth Lake in Rochdale. The route is mainly over moorland with nearly 3 miles of it on the Pennine Way.
We started at Shore Edge Church on Buckstones Road and made our way up past Brushes Clough Reservoir and onto the Oldham Way, passing the radio masts on Crompton Moor.
We then passed to the left of Rooden Reservoir and continued on part of The Rochdale Way between Piethorne Reservoir and Norman Hill Reservoir. Leaving The Rochdale Way near Turf Hill, we headed north east to pass Windy Hill. We then joined the Pennine Way to cross the bridge over the M62 motorway. In just under 1.5 miles we reached the trig point on Blackstone Edge where we had lunch. The next part of this moorland walk then took us to the Aiginn Stone, on the old Roman road on Blackstone Edge Moor.
From here it was slowly downhill to the White House public house and a couple of pints of Jennings Cumberland Ale. It was now 3:00 pm and with over 3 miles still to cover on this moorland walk, we decided against having another pint, as good as it was.
We took the path running below the Halifax Road, passing Cowberry Hill, then crossing the main road to join The Pennine Bridleway for a while, before heading past the golf course and on to our destination at the Olive Press (ex Fishermans) on Hollingworth Lake for a well deserved pint of Copper Dragon bitter.
The weather was cold, at freezing point but luckily we had blue skies all the way and fortunately the peat bogs we encountered on this moorland walk were frozen solid. This was the first training walk of the year for our final section of the Pennine Way in April.
Hollingworth Lake from Blackstone Edge
Dave and Barry at the trig point on Blackstone Edge
Dave and myself at the Aiggin Stone on Blackstone Edge Moor
Plaque at the Aiggin Stone