Tuesday 30th January 2024.
We took advantage of a forecast good weather day to walk an area which we had never been to before. I picked a circular route and I admit it turned out tougher than I had envisaged when I originally planned the route a couple of weeks ago.
We parked up at the southern end of Ashworth Road at SD 852123, adjacent to a road bridge over Cheesden Brook.
Walking back along the route a 100 metres, the track we wanted entered a wooded area through where a signed pointed out that there was a danger of steep cliffs.
The path up to the top of the escarpment was not that steep but quite slippery. It led onto farm land with a permissible path skirting Dobb wood. Good views were had towards the outskirts of Bury and further on the skyscrapers of Manchester City centre.
We followed the path until at a cross road of paths we found a stile taking us back into the woods. Our path took us down hill to a footbridge over the brook. We saw our first person of the day here. He was a bush crafter and was heading to a makeshift shelter a hundred metres further on. He was staying here for the night and gave us some interesting facts about the area.