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A long, but reasonably flat walk exploring the area just to the north of the M62's highest point
Mostly good, but a mile or so of boogy ground above Green Withens Reservoir
Hazards and warnings
Despite the route being fairly flat, you are high in the pennines and exposed to whatever the weather brings.
Follow the obvious path up to and around Green Withern Reservoir. The, head along the leat, until you reach a bridge, and climb up a rougher and steeper section, before reasching a path along another drainage channel which takes you to the A 58. At the marker stone by the A 58 pause to pay homage to the white or the red rose side of the pennines as you see fit.
Head along the B 6138 until you reach a well surfaced track on the left. Follow this to the reservoir, and then around, until you reach the Pennine way. Turn left, and head back towards Blackstone Edge Reservoir. Cross over the A 58 by the White House Inn pub, and climb steeply to join another drainage channel. Follow this until you reach a strongly defined track. Turn up left and up this ancient, but steep path way, until you reach the saddle.
Turn right and head for the obvious rocks of the Blackstone edge. Either follow the path, or scramble over the fine grippy grit stone as your whim dictates. Savor the view from the top which stretches the city centre of Manchester, Winter Hill above Bolton, the M62, and in the far distance the power stations at Drax and Ferrybridge. Follow the easy path down, until you turn off the Pennine Way, and follow yet another drainage channel to the start.
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