490 Green Withens

Though only sixteen miles from the centre of Manchester, and just off a major road, the Oxygrains valley feels very remote indeed. And the lowering grey cloud heightened the sense of wilderness as we set off up this steep-sided clough with the children. But above the winding stream golden grass and orange bracken covered the slopes in a mass of glowing colour. This walk gives a taste of the high Pennine Moors and makes a splendid family outing for a short winter's day.

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LOCATION: Six miles east of Rochdale
START: A672, layby one mile east of M62 Junction 22, by Oxygrains Bridge
Grid ref: SE004159 Postcode: HX6 4BS
DISTANCE: 2.5 miles
TIME: 1.5 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - South Pennines Landranger 110 & 109
REFRESHMENTS: Pack a flask
EN ROUTE: Booth Wood Reservoir, Castle Dean Rocks, Rishworth Moor, Blackwood Edge, Joiner Stones, Booth Dean, Booth Wood

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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