Chris Maylor, who runs a Saddleworth Discovery Walks blog and Facebook page, led a walk in the footsteps of Roman Legions and Intrepid Outlaws
HAVING BEEN busy working on the final stages of a new guidebook ‘Oldham Discovery Walks’, which is to be published in August, I have had limited opportunity to enjoy long forays into the hills.
Therefore, July’s Discovery Walk offered a break from writing and a chance to enjoy the welcome company of friends.
Setting out from the aptly named Windy Hill, we headed down into the secluded Piethorne Valley, once the home of several thriving farmsteads prior to the construction of the valleys reservoirs.
Following ancient route-ways we crossed the bustling M62 motorway and climbed Clegg Moor to follow Broad Head Drain, which feeds run-off water into Blackstone Edge Reservoir.
After a while we turned east, walking in the footsteps of Roman Legions, along the well-preserved remains of a Roman Road which crossed the great Pennine divide.
At the top of the climb is the Aiggin Stone, an ancient way marker dating back over 600 years.
Leaving this ancient highway, we followed the Pennine Way south to an unusual rock formation known as Robin Hoods Bed, where it is reputed the famous outlaw once slept.
From this lofty vantage point, far reaching views are to be enjoyed across Lancashire and the Cheshire Plain.
Leaving the great geological ridge that marks the ancient boundary of Yorkshire and Lancashire, we crossed the distinctive Pennine Way footbridge which marked the end of our journey.