Sun 2nd Oct, 2022

Mossley Cake Walks

Jo Stratford

Andy Stratford

Mossley Cake Walks

A sociable meet with Cake. Please use the website ''Add Me'' function so we can calculate how much cake is required. Dogs and dog owners welcome. Space in the conservatory or out the back for your wet muddy hound afterwards.

Two walks on offer today: the original easy-paced Cake walk plus a longer quick paced moorland scramble-ramble:

Start and finish at Andy & Jo’s house in Mossley. Use Landranger OL1.

Cake Walk: Gather from 9.15 for a brew and a chat. Departing about 10.30 am from our house. Bring a packed lunch. Lots of opportunities to make it a bit shorter or longer. An easy-paced sociable ramble. Arriving back 3 pm to 3.30 pm with time for plenty of tea and cake. Through local paths and cut-throughs to old Moorgate village then up to Buckden Pike, round the side of the quarry and on up to Alphin returning down Alphin brow then dropping towards Greenfield to pick up the Bridleway along the old railway line. 12 to 13km as planned with about 350m of up and down.

Scramble-Ramble: Meet at our house at 09.15 am. Depart by 09.30 am. Bring a packed lunch. Lots of opportunities to make it a bit shorter. To be done as a quick-paced walk. 22 – 24km approx. 800m ascent. Estimated time approx. 6 to 6.5 hours. Up to Alphin via Greave and the Brow and along the edge to Wimberry, dropping back down the Rams Clough path so we can contour in to reach the base of Wilderness Gully East. Alternately we can walk in more easily via the Oldham way…. Wet or dry easy Grade 2 or 3 scramble up Wilderness Gully depending on your choice of line and how much rain has fallen in September! (The scramble can be bypassed easily by staying high at Wimberry and then just walking along the edge to the top of the Gully). From there along to the top Chew reservoir then following roughly the line of Dry Clough and the old grouse butts across untracked moorland to Featherbed Moss trig point. Another vague track leads down Hollins Clough to Lads Leap and from there we turn towards Tintwistle Knarr, eventually joining a cairn at 939037 then cutting down on a vague beaters track to cross Arnfields Clough and gain the shooting cabin. Easy tracks now lead via Arnfield low moor and down to Swinshaw reservoirs before heading over Slate Pit moor to Carrbrook village and a wander through local paths and cut-throughs back to Cake.

Any questions drop either of us a line on WhatsApp or call if that's easier.

Andy Stratford

Intending to Attend:
Andy S
Ann Waters
Jo Stratford
Joe Dugdale
Neila Drabble
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