We started our walk from Ramsbottom railway where we were fortunate to see a steam train preparing to depart.
The sight’s and sounds brought back distant memories
It was a typical November day as we set off on the path alongside the River Irwell. Signposts indicated that we were on a section of the Irwell Sculpture Trail but we did not see any sculptures. Leaving the river we climbed up the wooded Buckden Clough with the stream cascading down over mini waterfalls and with the autumn colours it was very photogenic. All that was needed was a bit of sunlight.
Crossing the road we entered open moorland. a way marker indicated that we were on the Rossendale Way (RW) but, similar to last week we found the directions confusing. Soon we reached the warning notices marking the edge of the military firing range. No red flags were flying today and we could have made a detour over Bull Hill but we considered it would not be worth it as the views were non existent.
We followed the main path heading south across Holcombe Moor following the red and white marker posts. We paused at the squat four sided monument that marks the site of the old Pilgrims Cross. The monument was erected in 1904 on the site of the medieval cross where Pilgrims used to rest and pray on their journey to Whalley Abbey.
Continuing south we passed Holcombe Head before curving left. Passing a farm we climbed a stile on our left and headed up the hill to reach Peel Monument. This was erected in 1852 by the local Lancashire Cotton workers in gratitude of Sir Robert Peel who having repealed the Corn Laws reduced the price of food.
We descended towards Holcombe church through a beautiful stretch of woodland full of autumn colours.
It was then just a short stroll back to the railway station in Ramsbottom.
Back in Crosby we had time for a relaxing pint and a chance to plan our next walk.
Another interesting day out in the West Pennines.