Mossley Walk - Moorland Grit Tour
Sat 28th Oct, 2017
Jo Stratford / Andy Stratford
NOTE THIS WALK IS ON A SATURDAY - Route and Info updated 14th Oct 2017 (After the newsletter was published).
Moorland Grit tour with optional Cake
Parking and meeting point SD989009: Take Buckton Vale Road (Mini roundabout opposite from Raja Bros) off Huddersfield Road to park on South View or Castle Road near the older part of Carrbrook village. (Adjaceant to Duck Island). Meet at 9.15am for a prompt 9.30am start. Use Landranger OL1
SE on the Pennine Bridleway (jeep track over the moor) to Higher Swinshaw Resevoir, continuing on the PB past the fords near Arnfield Low Moor then follow the track NE to the shooting cabins then dropping SE to cross Arnfields Clough at about 330m contouring on a beaters track to join the fence and a cairn at SK037991, along the fence then ENE to Millstone Rocks and Lads Leap with good views into Longdendale. 1 km Trackless NE across good moorland to cross a fence and a beaters track SE057005 along the top of Rakes Rocks, then crossing Oaken Clough to join the Pennine way. At Pt 502 Cross the moor on reasonable tracks to Chew reservoir then the obvious route via Wilderness Rocks and the superb views from Indian Head and Wimberry Brow to Alphin then an easy descent SW to the path at the top of Buckton Vale Quarry and the cars. From here we will drive back to the Stratford household (10 minutes) for tea, cake and pie.
Total distance approx 12-13 miles.
If anyone wants to do alternative walks in the area that day of a lesser distance then we would expect to be at Laddow for a ½ hour lunch stop at approximately 1pm. Meet on the top if the weather is fine or in the cave if it is foul. We expect to be back at home by 4.30pm or so, and you are more than welcome to call in.
(Note, this walk was originally planned a linear Marsden to Mossley via Black Hill and Laddow utilising the train but all services from Stalybridge to Huddersfield are rail replacement buses that day due to engineering so plans have been changed)