The weather was warm but misty, meaning no views and hot and sweaty! Today’s walk was partly to find a good long walk for winter when staying in the area. I wanted something that I can do in rough weather, that wouldn’t involve sinking and had a good mileage and ascent. Rooley Moor road fits that bill. It’s a track up onto the moors and is mostly stone slabs.
Walking from Whitworth down a short section of the Healey Dell nature reserve brings you to the Pennine Bridleway and the Mary Townley Loop. This begins the climb up to Rooley Moor on mainly farm tracks, through Prickshaw and onto the Moor. The landscape is quite strange in parts with lumps and bumps, probably tailings from the mines and queries in the area. Unfortunately some people still use the area for dumping waste, the ease of access can be a bad thing in places.