Blackstone Edge from Hollingworth Lake
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A great and varied day walk from the lovely Hollingworth Lake near Littleborough taking in some great Pennine moorland scenery, following part of the Pennine Way along Blackstone Edge which gives great views back over Manchester before returning via an interesting old road to the lake.
Motorway afficionados will love the first part of the walk, walking under the Rakewood viaduct and ascending to the Pennine Way near the highest point of the M62, which is in sight for much of this section. We then cross the M62 and continue over to Blackstone Edge from where you can see the towns which flank the Pennines, and on a clear day you can see across to the Cheshire plains and wales. We then return to the lake via a former Roman road and packhorse route, stopping at the pub near the car park for post - walk refreshment.
What to bring
You'll need to make sure you've got decent walking boots as the terrain can be a bit muddy and uneven in parts.
Food & drink
Bring a packed lunch and have plenty of water with you for the journey; there are no places to stop for provisions en route. You'll probably want to bring a flask as there can be a pretty chilly breeze on Blackstone Edge!