|St Jame's Church, Ashworth|
Here we stopped to admire the old church with its interesting grave stones and the views across Lancashire to Manchester and Derbyshire. We then crossed the fields to the old schoolhouse before joining Ashworth Rd to take us down to Simpson and Gelder Cloughs. Unfortunately we found the road closed because of a landslide and we had to retrace our steps and take an alternative path down to the valley. Not wishing to miss out the scenery at Simpson Clough we took a detour through the valley knowing that we would have to retrace our steps, but it was worth the effort and we found a grassy bank for a coffee break.
Returning the way we had come we then passed through Carr Wood and walked along the Naden Valley to Black Pits where we extended the walk by following the Millcroft Brook up to the tearooms (now closed) and then back to our start point.
Lunch followed at the Bridge Chippy where we enjoyed traditional Lancashire fish and chips!
Bridge Chippy Norden
|Start of walk. Black Pits Lane|
|Ruins of Black Pit Mill|
|Farm track up to Chapel House|
|Bit of history!|
|The old school house|
|Didn't meet any of them!|
|Ashworth Rd in autumn sunshine|
Ashworth Rd - Autumn Colour
|Weir at Carr Wood|
|Just a load of old bull - but a bit too friendly!|
|Lunch at the chippy! Mmmmm.|