Tameside Advertiser - - MANCHESTER WEEKEND WALKERS -

EAV­ING Had­field Sta­tion on a pleas­ant but cold Satur­day onto the Long­den­dale trail, fol­low­ing the for­mer Wood­head rail­way, the path’s an un­de­mand­ing stroll par­al­lel to the Long­den­dale reser­voirs.

Cross­ing at Tor­side reser­voir onto the Pen­nine way to­wards Crow­den, there are stunning views down the val­ley and over the reser­voirs that make up what was once the largest man made body of wa­ter in the world.

The route be­comes more stren­u­ous along a well-de­fined path onto moor­land, and more ex­posed to the el­e­ments.

Lungs and legs are tested as the path leads up through rocky out­crops to High­stone rocks and ‘Lad’s Leap’, a wa­ter­way which cour­ses be­tween rocks.

Lo­cal leg­end says that ‘two leap­ing it to­gether are fated to marry’ and it made a fine lunch spot with views across moor­land and down the val­ley be­low.

As the sun broke through we con­tin­ued on an indis­tinct track to­wards a dis­used quarry, be­com­ing clearer as we headed to­wards the be­gin­nings of a pine for­est, giv­ing breath tak­ing views then fol­low­ing a dry stone wall to the vil­lage of Tin­twistle and a re­fresh­ment stop.

Leav­ing Tin­twistle, we reached the walk’s fi­nal flour­ish, Bot­toms Foun­tain - a joy to be­hold, a mini Chatsworth and an op­por­tu­nity to stop and won­der at the in­ven­tive­ness of great en­gi­neer­ing feats.

Fi­nally we crossed Bot­toms Dam, walked along the reser­voir, over a fi­nal stone stile and onto the road.

From there it was a short walk back to our start­ing point of Had­field and into the warmth of the An­chor.

For more walks and in­for­ma­tion on Manch­ester Week­end Walk­ers visit www. mwwalk­ers.org.uk.

● The Manch­ester Week­end Walk­ers hav­ing Lunch at Lad’s Leap on their lat­est walk

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