Saddleworth Discovery Walks: Brenda’s big challenge

Chris Maylor

Chris Maylor, who runs a Saddleworth Discovery Walks blog and Facebook page, looks back at Brenda’s big challenge

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RECENTLY, I had the pleasure of joining an inspirational lady who had set herself the challenge of running all twenty walks from my ‘Saddleworth Discovery Walks’ guidebook, to raise money for Child Action North West.

Having completed nineteen of the walks, I joined 71-year-old Brenda Roberts for her final run – the 20-mile Saddleworth Five Trigs.

Setting out from The Clarence Hotel, Greenfield, we climbed to the first trig point atop Alphin Pike.

With the sun beating down, we strode across Indian’s Head to reach Chew Reservoir; once the highest reservoir in the country.

Continuing along the silent shores of this secluded reservoir, we soon turned south across the moor to locate the illusive pyramid upon Featherbed Moss.

Brenda Roberts

With the second trig point in the bag, we struck-out over Laddow Rocks and along the Pennine Way to attain the summit trig point upon Black Hill.

Continuing north, we descended to Wessenden Head, which marked the completion of the first half of the route.

For the second half of the route we were joined by a mutual friend and we quickly reached the fourth trig point upon the rock-clad summit of West Nab.

After crossing the Wessenden Valley, we headed up Shiny Brook Clough and along the Cotton Famine Road to reach Sykes Pillar upon Broadstone Hill.

With all the trig points now in the bag, we headed south, past Pots and Pans to return to The Clarence to celebrate the completion of Brenda’s fantastic achievement.

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