North up Edge Lane then east through Higher Cross Meadow and Bolton’s woods past St Peter’s RC primary school. Cross the track up Seat Naze and follow by the slab walling north along the side of Seat Naze above Scout, parallel to Burnley Road East. Turn west between the two small quarries and through the field north of Seat Naze summit to join Suander Height Lane near Windy Willows. South along Edge Lane to the start. Approx 1.5 miles.

This is known as the ‘youth alpha walk’ after its use by a local chuch group to tire out teenagers on the youth alpha weekend.
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    youth alpha map

     

     
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    1. well Edge Lane

     

    Possibly originally part of Patrick's water storage system on Saunder Height, it now supplies Myrtle "Mucky' Earth and other properties.
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    2. bike Bolton's woods

     

    Named after Henry Hargreaves Bolton, nephew and heir of George Hargreaves of Ashworth Hargreaves Collieries.
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    3. Heightside

     

    Built for William Bolton, father of Henry Hargreaves Bolton, latterly headquarters of the European Christian Mission and now a residential facility specialising in mental health care.
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    4. seat Bolton's woods

     

     
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    5. steps Bolton's woods

     

     
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    6. crusty man

     

    Graffiti in Bolton's woods. Crusty Man was aka Stephen Hensby who was shot dead in a standoff with police over allegations of harassment in 2006. See link left.
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    7. St Peter's RC primary school

     

    On this site since c 1975. Previously in the old Newchurch Grammar School on the top of Bridleway
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    8. slab wall

     

    Common form of walling in Rossendale where stone was pentiful.
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    9. Seat Naze

     

     
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    10. BRGS from Seat Naze path

     

    The front building dates from 1913 with various extensions since.
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    11. St Nicholas' from Seat Naze path

     

    The datestone of 1561 inside the porch on the S side is said to be the oldest genuine datestone in Rossendale
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    12. factories Burnley Road East

     

    At the height of industrial Rossendale the entire Valley floor was lined with factories along the Irwell and Whitewell valleys. Many of those which remain have been modified to reduce size.
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    13. Edgeside

     

    Mary Ann Ashworth owned virtually all the land on this photograph. She donated the sites of St Anne's school, church and parsonage on the left and gave instructions in her will for land in Wales on the right.
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    14. quarry left of path, Seat Naze

     

    Rossendale has numerous such small quarries- were they ever viable?
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    15. quarry right of path

     

     
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    16. Jack Lodge

     

     
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    17. top Seat Naze

     

    There is no right of way to the summit, sadly, although generations of children played in the 'fairy ring' of stones there. In the 1970s the local churches climbed the hill on Good Friday and erected a cross which remained there until Ascension Day. It is alleged that the landowner removed permission when the new vicar of St Nicholas' got his milk from elsewhere... Today the cross is erected in Newchurch village.
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    Digby 1967

     

     
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    18. Cross, Windy Willows

     

    Erected by the residents 2010
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    19. well in field

     

    Source of the Deadwen clough?