There is some wonderful walking to be had in the Rossendale hills, with
over 1700 miles of footpaths.
Gawmless End is a private house and is not open to the public. It
is reached by a private cart-track not suitable for public vehicular
access. However, this is a Public Footpath and very popular with walkers.
Here are some directions for a country walk of around a mile and a half
which takes you past Gawmless End and provides you with some spectacular
views of the Rossendale Valley.
A Gawmless End Circular WalkParking is available
in the carpark opposite the Travellers' Rest (this is actually the
carpark for the "Greenway" or linear park along the route of the old
railway. It's a nice walk in itself and leads to a nice "lodge" or
lake with ducks, picnic area etc.)
This is only a small
carpark - if it is full PLEASE do NOT try and park in Prince Street,
which is the unadopted road opposite the carpark entrance. Farm
vehicles need access at all times.
From the car park
entrance, cross the road and go into Prince Street, entered between
two rows of terraced houses, with another row set back and facing
you as you enter. Follow the track round to the right, past the
front of the facing houses: the track begins to climb and a drystone
wall begins on your left. (The houses on your right are also part of
Continue climbing past Reddish Hill Farm,
when the track levels out. If you get vertigo don't look down to the
right! Enjoy the view. At the point where the track turns sharply
left you will find Gawmless End, with its famous gable. Stop to
Continue up, past the next farmhouse and up to some
stone gateposts with urns on top marking the entrance to the next
farmhouse up again: here on your left there is a stile with a signpost.
Climb the stile and continue up the sloping field to the next stile,
also on your left, and cross this into the next field. You must
continue across this field, slightly uphill to the next stile (you
will see the footpath signpost).
Climb over this stile and
continue forward to where the drystone wall on your right ends,
where you will find another stile.
At this point you can
look diagonally across this square field (our upper hayfield, so if
the grass looks long please proceed in single file because we are
probably growing it for hay) and spot the next footpath signpost, in
the middle of the far drystone wall. Go over the stile and directly
across the field to this signpost (not round the edge or you will
have left the footpath - also it can be VERY boggy at the edges of
this field!) and go through the little gate.
Proceed to your
left on the farm track, through a gateway, down through a cutting
and through another gate (please leave all gates as you found them -
it is often necessary to keep them fastened to keep grazing
livestock in). Turn left, continue down the lane and bear left at
the bottom - you will come out onto Rochdale Road behind the
Traveller's Rest pub, where the Britannia
Coconutters begin their Easter dance.
Wellies or at least stout footwear essential - and you
must be able to climb stiles!
Go here for more Rossendale Walks
A note about dogsPlease remember that livestock doesn't know that your dog is a
softie! A dog does not have to chase a pregnant ewe to cause her to abort
from shock. Part of our flock of Jacob sheep lambs
in October and pregnant sheep may be present at any time of
PLEASE keep your dog firmly on its lead at all times,
and stick to the footpath. If your dog is excitable it may be best to
leave him at home.
Remember, the "Right to Roam" concessions are
NOT applicable on farmland.