Two Brooks Valley

Pleasant farmland walking with a pretty interlude along a wooded stream valley.

Technical sheet
No. 18776005
A Manchester walk posted on 25/01/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 20/05/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h10[?]
Distance Distance : 6.07km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 150m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 150m
Highest point Highest point : 273m
Lowest point Lowest point : 145m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Manchester
Starting point Starting point : N 53.618551° / W 2.371773°
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(D/A) From The Pack Horse' front door, turn right and immediately right again beside the pub into the staff car park (with a footpath sign to Turton Road); leave via a footpath in the rear left-hand corner.

Follow this sunken footpath, stone-setted in parts, downhill with views to the Peel Monument above Ramsbottom and the wind turbines of Scout Moor. Keep straight on past Tom Nook farm buildings and follow the path alongside the farm drive out to Turton road.

(1) Turn left for 100 yards, then turn right at a double entrance signposted “Two Brooks Valley”. Take the right-hand of the two driveways (for the cattery). When the drive bends right towards the buildings, go through a gate on the left into the other driveway and follow it past a bungalow (Croichley View) and through Higher Barn farmyard.

(2) Beyond the barns, turn right over a couple of stiles and along a fenced path downhill. Beyond a further stile, walk down the right-hand side of the next field with a small valley on your right, threading in and out of the trees until you meet a crossing path above a large pond.

Turn left and follow the path to a gate, where you turn right along a track. At the end of this track, turn right on another track (Two Brooks Lane) passing below some tennis courts on your left.

(3) At a fork, leave the track along an obvious path on the left, which leads through woodland to a gate into more open country. Follow the path beyond to a ladder stile over a wall.

(4) Take the footpath left (North-East) uphill away from the brook (DO NOT cross the footbridge). When you arrive at a lane in Croichley Fold, turn right and take the footpath South-East. Carry straight in that direction until you reach Holy Mount Lane where you turn right (East).

At the first junction turn left (South) and when the lane turns left, take the footpath on your right (South-West-South). Go downhill here with some trees on your left-hand side. At the bottom, cross the brook and carry straight on into the woodland. When getting out of the woods, carry on South to a junction of the footpath where you turn left (South-East) to reach B6213.

(5) Cross over and take a footpath opposite that leads uphill between gardens and then emerges by a house. Take the tree-lined drive opposite, and when this bends right into a property, take the path on the left. Follow the field edge to a stile into another metalled drive; turn right (uphill) here.

(6) When this drive bends left, cross the stile in front of you then head half-left across the field, between a house on the left and a pylon. At the far side of the field, turn left. In the corner, turn right, and then cross a stile on your left.

The right-of-way follows the telegraph poles straight ahead to the farm (where it turns right), but an easier concessionary route heads half-right across the field to cut the corner before swinging left to bypass the farm. At a stone stile, keep straight on along the concessionary route, along the field edge to Watling Street.Turn right and walk past the chapel back to The Pack Horse. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 273m - The Pack Horse
1 : km 0.67 - alt. 224m - Higher Barn farmyard
2 : km 1.23 - alt. 218m - Large pond
3 : km 1.83 - alt. 171m - Woodland
4 : km 2.39 - alt. 154m - Stream
5 : km 4.04 - alt. 180m - Tree-lined drive
6 : km 4.74 - alt. 239m - Telegraph poles
D/A : km 6.07 - alt. 273m - The Pack Horse

Useful Information

One gradual climb. Paths may be overgrown in summer and muddy after heavy rain.

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The Pack Horse

52 Watling Street, Affetside,
Bury BL8 3QW
Tel: 01204 884 584


Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Come and join The Pack Horse after your long walk for a relaxing pint and a bite to eat in a warm and friendly environment. Here at The Pack Horse we recognise good beer matters and a full range of Hydes craftsman-brewed cask ales, with one or two invited guest ales, will always be on offer, all complemented by a fine selection of wines, bottled beers and lagers from around the world. Not to mention our freshly brewed teas and coffees. The Pack Horse also provides the very best in food, in a stylish and comfortable environment. Our menu consists of an exciting blend of top-quality ingredients, many locally sourced. Coupled with our Chef’s flair and originality, it promises a selection for all tastes: whether for a light lunch or an evening dining out with family and friends, you will find our extensive range of dishes tremendously tempting.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 3.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 2/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 4/5

Admin hiker
on Fri 20 May 2022 12:55:11 CEST

Hi Chris !
Thank you for all of this. I just contacted the author and he is going to have a look at some alternatives. In the meantime, I am going to alter the walk with your information.
Enjoy your walks

Delphine - Community Developer

on Fri 20 May 2022 12:42:44 CEST

Unfortunately my fellow walker was getting tired and so I took the direct route back to the Packhorse Pub in Affetside. It would appear that you could avoid the landlsip by heading on the footpath in a NE direction at waymark 4 until you come to a track and then turn right and pick up another footpath in a SE direction. Left on to Holy Mount Lane then take first footpath on the right. This should bring you back close to waymark 5. This would involve more hill climbing, adds quite a bit to the route and I haven't tried this route! It didn't look like the original footpath was going to open any time soon as they've put up some substantial signs and barriers!

Admin hiker
on Fri 20 May 2022 10:52:36 CEST

Hi ChrisJ 54,

I am sorry to read you had that issue... Thank you for taking the time to give some feedback.
By any chance do you have any suggestions for the alternative route you took so we could modify the route ?
Thank you for your support.
Enjoy your walks.

Kind regards

Delphine - Community Developer

on Thu 19 May 2022 19:10:30 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 19/05/22
Description quality : Disappointing
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Good

I tried this walk today and unfortunately the footpath between waymarks 4 and 5 is blocked owing to a landslip further along. I had to backtrack and take an alternative route.

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