Bradshaw Valley (approx 6¾ miles)

Maps: Sheet 287 West Pennine Moors
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Start: SD735139 Jumbles Country Park car park (pay and display).
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This walk follows clear footpaths and tracks, mainly along the waymarked Witton Weavers Way. It leads from the Bradshaw Valley, past a Tudor hall, over moorland, then drops down to the valley again, passing reservoirs and the remains of an earlier industrial age.
More info: Jumbles Country Park information from United Utilities;
Turton Tower from CottonTown website.
Refreshments: For details of opening times and refreshments available from the Jumbles Car Park and from Turton Tower, follow links above;
The Strawberry Duck, Entwistle
The Black Bull, Turton
Route profile: route profile
Refreshment kiosk by car park, Jumbles Country Park Leave the car park by crossing the access road and walking past the disabled parking spaces and the café.

Jumbles Country Park Continue following the clear path along the eastern side of Jumbles Reservoir until the reservoir narrows and you come to …
Jumbles Country Park … the bridge which crosses to the western shore.
Jumbles Country Park Cross the bridge and walk up the stepped path opposite.
between Jumbles Country Park and Turton Tower This path leads through a small area of woodland, before emerging through a kissing gate into an area of rough pasture.
between Jumbles Country Park and Turton Tower Follow the path until it meets …
between Jumbles Country Park and Turton Tower … a road. Note the, now rare, example of a WW2 pillbox on the left. Turn left to walk along the road for a little more than 200 yards.
Driveway to Turton Tower When you reach the driveway into Turton Tower, turn right to follow the drive. Walk past the car park …
Gateway to Turton Tower … and the gateway to this Grade 1 Listed Tudor building. Continue along the track to cross …
Railway bridge SW of Turton Tower … this unique (Grade 2 Listed) bridge over the railway. This is the more ornate of two bridges built by the Blackburn, Darwen and Bolton Railway Company to comply with the wishes of the then owner of Turton Tower.
SW of Turton Tower After crossing the bridge, continue along the track until it divides. Take the right hand fork.
Between Turton Tower and Greens Arms Road The clear track continues for about 1¼ miles.
near Greens Arms Road Just before the track meets Greens Arms Road, take the footpath on the right. This emerges onto the road. Cross the road and follow the bridleway opposite …
leading towards Bollinhurst Reservoir … which leads downhill. Cross the car park access road and follow the path down to the edge of the car park.
Between Greens Arms Road and Entwistle Reservoir Take the path to the right in front of stone wall, and then almost immediately turn left down steps to lower car park. When you meet the road, turn left again, to cross Turton and Entwistle reservoir embankment.
Entwistle Walk up the road from the reservoir to pass cottages on your right.
Entwistle We stopped at the Strawberry Duck for some refreshment, before following the road across the railway bridge.
Entwistle Look out for the fingerpost on the left, go through the gate and walk down the hill.
footbridge near Entwistle Cross two footbridges over streams which feed into Wayoh Reservoir and then turn right.
the Gritstone Trail \t Bollinhurst Bridge Follow the reservoir bank to emerge on to the road. Cross and go through the gate opposite.
by Wayoh Reservoir The path continues alongside the reservoir …
by Wayoh Reservoir … providing views across the valley …
Edgworth next to the Black Bull … before emerging in Edgworth next to the Black Bull. Turn right to follow Bolton Road down the hill.
Edgworth Cross the road and turn left into Birches Road. Follow the road as it bends first to the left and then to the right.
footpath near Edgworth After passing the last of the houses on the right, the track climbs uphill. Shortly after passing through a wooden gate look out for the small footpath marker in trees on the right. Take the path indicated by this marker. It leads down through woodland …
Bradshaw Brook, Edgworth … to emerge by the side of Bradshaw Brook.
Bradshaw Brook, Edgworth Continue to follow the path alongside the stream …
Bradshaw Brook, Edgworth … where there are traces of channels for former water powered workings alongside the stream. Although the water hasn't been used as a power source for industry since the 1800s, the reservoir was constructed in the 1960s to ensure a steady flow of water for other industrial uses in the Croal-Irwell rivers.
Jumbles Reservoir The brook widens as it enters the reservoir. When you meet the path which crosses the bridge, re-trace your steps alongside the reservoir to return to the car park.

Other walks near here:

  • Holcombe Moor and Tower - approx 7¼ miles
  • Musbury Heights - Haslingden Grane - approx 7 miles
  • Rivington West Pennine Moors - 4.75 miles
  • Ramsbottom - Irwell Vale Irwell Valley - 5 miles
  • Sunnyhurst, Darwen to Belmont - West Pennine Moors - 8 miles

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