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The walk will leave at 9:45 prompt from the canal bridge on the Bacup Road - A681 - on the way out of Todmorden.
For parking see the directions opposite. Please allow sufficient time for travelling, changing into boots etc. and walking round from the car park
The walk starts with a steep climb up The Naze, with views over the former cotton town of Todmorden, and the Calder Valley. Crossing the moor to Brown Road, tracks with two short climbs lead to Freeholds Top trig. point. A track descends to join the Todmorden Centenary Way, as far as Limers Gate, where the track continues to the A681 road.
From the A681 the Rossendale Way is followed to Heald Top Farm (noisy guard dogs on chains), and other walled tracks lead to a gradual climb up to Thieveley Pike, for extensive views of Lancashire, including Burnley.
Returning east, the Burnley Way leads to Heald Moor, and a scenic route down to the village of Cornholme. A minor road provides a steep ascent out of Cornholme to Lower Moor, where tracks lead south to Hazel Greave, above Midgelden Brook, and field paths lead back to Gauxholme
The walk is about 12 miles long, with no more than 1900 feet of ascent, nearly all on good tracks or footpaths. The final section of the walk could be altered on the day, to instead use minor roads, in case of poor weather or fading light. We expect to finish between 4pm and 5 pm
Because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) , car sharing will be at the discretion of the drivers but we will try to arrange lifts for those without their own transport.
Throughout the walk we will all need to practice social distancing and, whilst masks are not required whilst we are walking, you will need to have one with you. We would also recommend carrying hand sanitiser gel.
If you would like to join the walk or need further details just RSVP or message George
The walk itself will start and finish at the Embsay Reservoir car park situated above Embsay village.
Because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have decided to limit car sharing to a minimum and will mostly use our own transport to get to the start of the walk. We will try to arrange lifts for those without their own transport but any car sharing will be at the discretion of the drivers.
The walk will leave the car park at 09:45am prompt - please allow sufficient time for travelling and changing into boots etc.
The walk itself is moderate to strenuous with some scrambling - a total ascent of approx. 660 m (2,160 ft). A good level of fitness is required.
The walk initially follows a track north west out of the car park and then climbs up to Cookrise Crags with splendid views from the top. From there we descend over rough terrain to cross Waterfall Gill which we leap just above the waterfall. We then have a steady climb up to the Cracoe Cross and the Rylstone Pinnacle, passing over the Rylstone track on the way. We then work our way round the moor to the high point of Thorpe Fell Top. We then continue to work our way round the moor as we descend to the Barden Reservoirs. From there follow good tracks up to the road and then onto the shooting hut - climbing all the way. From the hut we then head across the moor following the line of butts before descending to the village of Eastby and on to Embsay. From here we follow the road back to the car park.
We should get back to the car park about 4:30 pm so in view of the time of the year it would be advisable to carry a torch.
Throughout the walk we will all need to practice social distancing and, whilst masks are not required whilst we are walking, you will need to have one with you. we would also recommend carrying hand sanitiser gel.
If you would like to join the walk or need further details just message Mike