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Traipsing Around Turton


Date : 2nd August 2009


Leader : Gail Bedson
Report by : Phil Bedson Photos © : Phil & Gail Bedson



The view over Turton & Entwistle Reservoir (PB)


The three reservoirs of Turton & Entwistle, Jumbles and Wayoh would each be visited on this 8 mile walk. Leaving Batridge Barn car park Gail Bedson led seven other members of Hyndburn Group uphill, following the bridleway, to cross the B6391. For the majority of the walk we would be following part of a local long distance route called The Witton Weavers Way with this particular section being called The Warpers Trail.
The views over fields towards Edgworth were excellent and Peel Tower sat atop Holcombe Hill could be clearly seen in the distance.



left:
The walkers traipse off (PB)


right: Looking towards Edgeworth (PB)


The well defined track made for a nice steady pace and pretty soon we were to arrive at the extremely ornate bridge that crosses the railway near to Turton Tower. Having originated in the 15thC as a Pele Tower it was then converted into a Tudor Hall and eventually as a Victorian Country house with extensive gardens. The group turned left at the road and after a short while crossed the road to take a stile into a field. The concrete structure immediately before us was a Type 24 Pillbox, a legacy from Home Guard defences of WWII. Continuing on we followed the path as it led, via a stile, into a small woodland. A set of steps took us down to join the banks of Jumbles Reservoir where the group paused for a drink and a break



left:
The Type 24 Pillbox (GB)


right: Glorious nature (PB)


Resuming the walk we crossed the bridge, noting the cliffs that gave away the reservoir was an old quarry, to turn left at the end and follow the watercourse up through the trees. A large support column, another remnant of the former quarrying activity, was discernible amongst the undergrowth and one could only imagine how much activity would have been going on in the area. Arriving at a relatively new housing estate we crossed over a small road to follow a well trodden path up through some trees to join onto a lane. Going down the lane we joined some back roads of Turton Bottoms, complete with cobbles to further enhance the old buildings and the aura around us, to eventually emerge onto the main road.

We turned right to follow the road uphill as far as the Black Bull (bad timing as it was still closed) where we left the road to take a footpath immediately after the building. This good path took us down to where we joined the dam of Wayoh reservoir and almost immediately we made our way up some steps off to the right. This well defined path then took us through small copse woodland offering glimpses over the water until we eventually arrived at the road bridge over the northern fork of the reservoir. We crossed over and resumed along the path until, after crossing a bridge over a wide stream our route continued straight on, to the right of a bench, to go uphill. Winding our way uphill we came across a couple of gateposts either side of a sunken lane and yet another remnant of days gone by. Leaving the trees by way of a kissing gate we crossed the small field to emerge onto a lane leading up to Entwistle Station and our lunchtime stop of The Strawberry Duck (Good timing!).



left:
Sunlight through the trees (GB)


right: Gateposts on a sunken track (GB)


With full bellies we resumed by taking the track opposite the Strawberry Duck to go past New House Farm. After a short while a small set of steps led us onto a narrow path lined with blackberries which in turn led us down to join the banks of Turton & Entwistle Reservoir. This popular haunt for people (and dogs) to walk is very easy going. As we proceeded around the waters edge towards the western tip a large sculpture of a heron stood proud over a small inlet and everyone commented on a great piece of artwork. As we continued we saw fish leaping out of the water to catch the many midges and flies just above the surface. Before long, just before we arrived at the dam, we left via a set of steps where we were confronted by the car park from which wed left some four hours previous. It had stayed fine all day and had been an extremely pleasant walk.


The Heron surveys his domain (PB)




OS EXPLORER
WEST PENNINES 287
START/FINISH POINT
SD 721 172
WALK LENGTH
7.5 mls / 12 km
TIME WALKING
3 hrs
MAX HEIGHT
261.53 mtrs
MIN HEIGHT
133.14 mtrs
HEIGHT ASCENDED
412.18 mtrs
HEIGHT DESCENDED
412.18 mtrs



Turton & Entwistle Walk Route

This map is for reference only and MUST NOT be used to do the walk.
Please use the correct OS map for all these walks.




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