Picture: Shady pathway

The newsletter editor is always pleased to receive contributions to be considered for inclusion. The views expressed in the newsletter do not necessarily reflect official LCT policy or opinion.

It is expected that anyone who wishes to make use of any material from the newsletter will seek the approval of the editor Michael Farrell, 41 Hollingworth Road, Littleborough. Tel. 70154.


Chairman: Don Pickis, Lightowlers, Blackstone Edge. Tel. 78849

Vice Chairman: Dan Docker, 93 Church Street. 72001

Secretary: Judith Schofield, 4 Bottoms, Cragg Vale, Mytholmroyd. (0472) 885173

Treasurer: Geoff Sutcliffe, 14 Buckley Terrace, Wardle, Tel. 40369.

Membership Secretary: Lincoln Jackson, 1 Moorfield View, Shore. Tel. 70542

Minutes Secretary: Pauline Hopkinson, 12 Glencoe Place, Rochdale. 522447


Richard Evans, 8 Charles St.
Mike Farrell, 41 Hollingworth Road, 70154.
Rae Street, Calder Cottage, 76043.
Alf Tortoiseshell, Edgemoor, Blackstone Edge Old Road. 79507
Jill Roberts, 12 Whitfield Brow, Todmorden Road.74175
David Hall, 6 Nelson Street
Betty Pickis, Lightowlers. 78849.
Roy Prince, 14 Milbury Drive, Tel. 78883.
Anne Lawson, 81 Todmorden Road. 79604
Joe Taylor, 136a Market Street, Whitworth. 344711

Please pass on any suggestions that you have about the Trust and its work to any of the above.



After three years where nothing much altered, this year's A. G. M. saw a number of changes on the Committee. Both Betty Pickis and Roy Prince resigned their offices of Chairwoman and Vice-Chairman to take a well-deserved rest after six years’ service. Fortunately for us, both will remain on the Committee. I'm sure all members will appreciate, how much work they have got through in that time. It is no exaggeration to say that the Civic Trust as we know it may have ceased to function without them.

Taking over as Chairman is Don Pickis, becoming the first member to enjoy two spells in the "hot seat" after a short stint in 1981. His second-in-command will be Dan Docker who joined the Committee last year. The other officers and committee members were re-elected and two new members were elected bringing us a bit nearer to full strength with a busy year ahead of us. The newcomers are hardly strangers. Anne Lawson resumes her place after three years maternity leave while Joe Taylor (who incidentally made a first rate job of chairing the A.G.M.) has been a walks leader with the Footpath Group for well over a decade.


R. I. P.

As the last newsletter was being printed we were very saddened to learn of the death of Alan Ashworth. Alan was a founder member of the Civic Trust and a member of the committee from 1972 to 1977. He was instrumental in setting up Rochdale Canal Society in 1974 and was one of their leading lights thereafter. He was also a regular leader for the Footpaths Group. In 1977 he remarried and moved out to Wigan though he remained a member and kept in touch with the Footpaths Group.

In 1984 Alan relocated to Bamford and started attending the walks again. In 1986 he represented the Trust at the Rochdale Canal Public Enquiry. Sadly, in the following year, leukaemia curtailed his walking activities although he still made the effort to attend social events as late as February this year.

Listing his achievements and activities like this does not give an adequate impression of what an amiable and good-humoured man he was and it is that for which he will be most remembered. Our deepest sympathies go to his widow Joyce, herself a keen supporter of all our activities.

We were also sad to learn of the death of another long-serving member in May, Bert Cannon of Shore. Although Bert had not been an active member for many years, his subscription was always kept up to date. He will be remembered as one of the original founders of the Footpaths Group. Our sympathies go out to his wife and family.

Still more recently, we were among many regretting the passing of Jessie Hill of Crofthead House, Caldermoor. A real local character, Jessie had been a member of the Trust for many years.





A series of walks compiled by Littleborough Civic Trust.

Photograph: Walks Book front

Publication Date - May 1991   Price £3.95

Size - A5, 62 pages illustrated throughout with maps and photographs.

Attractively bound with full-colour covers, "Walks around Littleborough" is a book of twelve walks in the South Pennine area with maps and notes on the features of interest.

Littleborough, near the Lancashire-Yorkshire border and within a mile of Hollingworth Lake Country Park, is a town which has seen much industrialisation but is nevertheless, an attractive place with some fine old buildings; relics of past industry; an interesting canal, railway and road system; majestic moorland hills and quiet valleys. Above all, from the walker's point of view, it has many footpaths, tracks, towpaths and packhorse routes which today provide us with so much access to the surrounding countryside.

Any members wishing to purchase the book should contact:

Roy Prince Tel 78883.

Michael Farrell. 70154.

Geoff Sutcliffe. 40369.



On May 22nd "Walks Around Littleborough" was finally launched to the public at a civic gathering at Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre, three years after George Kelsall first suggested the idea to us.

The guests of honour were the Mayor of Rochdale Councillor Brian Ashworth and his wife. The Mayor gave one of three short speeches, the others being given by Don Pickis and Manchester Evening News columnist Tom Waghorn. As a social event it was very successful. I was particularly pleased to meet Derek Taylor of the Peak and Northern Footpaths Society and Len Howard of the Standing Conference of South Pennines Authorities. Perhaps we expected a few more copies to be sold but that's perhaps looking too hard for faults.

Now comes the hard part. The Civic Trust has roughly 700 copies to sell itself i.e. separate from those on sale at the Centres and in bookshops. Obviously we can't expect to sell them all overnight but it will require a great deal of effort by Civic Trust members over the next few months if we are to maximise our returns. So PLEASE do all you can to promote the book informally and if you have any ideas as to how we may more effectively promote it, please contact one of the three people listed earlier.




Attendances on the walks have kept up unusually well for the summer. This has been partly due to the continuing presence of a welcome contingent from the Whitworth Footpaths Group but even the attendances on the full day walks have risen this summer compared to previous years.

The book has been covered earlier in this issue; other than that the main Footpaths issue has been the disruption of the field path between Whittaker and Sheep Bank caused by development at Whittaker. The position at the time of going to press seems to be that the local authority has issued an enforcement notice to the developers to carry out remedial works to the path. This is right and proper but has only occurred through pressure exerted by Geoffrey Dickens M.P., who was contacted by the occupant of Sheen Bank. Full credit is due to Mr. Dickens for his efforts but it does seen a shame that a local authority department: like Highways (or Technical Services as R.M.B.C. prefers) cannot liaise effectively with local people without the latter having recourse to politicians. We have been very disappointed with the Rochdale Highways Dept. on footpaths over the last couple of years; perhaps this major case will rejuvenate a will to tackle footpath problems more vigorously.

The autumn 1991 programme was drawn up at a meeting in June. We would be delighted to have more members contributing walks and ideas. The winter 1992 programme will be drawn up at a meeting at Harehill Park Council Offices on Tuesday November 26th at 8pm. Please come along, refreshments are available.

Sunday, August 11th. Leader - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Square 1.30 pm.
Calder Valley Circular.

6 miles.

Sunday, August 25th. Leader - ROY PRINCE. Meet Square 2.00pm.
Dry Mere - Roman Road.

5-6 miles.

Sunday, September 8th. Leader - ROY PRINCE. Meet Littleborough Square 9.00am.
Derbyshire Circular.

10 miles.

Sunday, September 22nd. Leader - JOE TAYLOR. Meet Square 1.45pm.
Stubbins/Holcombe circular.

4½ miles.

Sunday, October 6th. Leader - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Oxenhope Circular.

5 miles.

Sunday, October 20th. Leader - ALF WARD. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Norden circular.

5 miles.

Sunday, November 3rd. Leader - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Square 1.30pm for 1.42pm train to Walsden.
Bottomley - Stone House - Summit.

5 miles.

Sunday, November 17th. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Whittaker - Sheep Bank - Schofield Hall.

6 miles.

Sunday, DECEMBER 1st. Leader - ROY PRINCE. Meet Square 1.10pm.
Route to be decided.

5 miles

Sunday, DECEMBER 15th. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Ealees - Owlett Hall - Sladen Fold

6 miles.

Sunday, DECEMBER 29th. Leader - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Square 1.30pm or King William IV 1.45pm.
Starring/Watergrove circular.

5 miles.

Members of the Footpath Croup might also like to note that two meetings of Littleborough Historical Society will be of special interest to walkers.

On Thursday 14th November Geoff Boswell author of "On The Tops" and "Short Walks for Motorists" will be giving a talk on walking around Todmorden.

On Thursday 9th January a certain Michael Farrell of Littleborough Civic Trust will be showing slides and doing a little talking to promote "Walks Around Littleborough"

Both meetings will be at the Coach House Heritage Centre at 8.00pm.

Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted.



Photograph: Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

Photograph: Studley Church

Church, Studley Royal

The Civic Trust are hoping to arrange an excursion to Fountains Abbey and Hall and Studlev Church and Deer Park. The Abbey ruins (used for the closing scenes of "Omen III - The Final Conflict") are amongst the finest in England; the Hall is a Jacobean mansion built of stone quarried from the abbey.

The trip will be on Sunday 1st September. The cost will be approximately £10 which will include admission prices.

If you are interested in going please contact Jill Roberts Tel. 74175 as early as possible.




As a surprising number of local people apparently do not know yet a museum is now open in Littleborough next to George Kelsall’s Bookshop. The Civic Trust has always been interested in the idea of a Littleborough Museum and a number of ideas for one were mooted in these pages in the late 70s and early 80s. It was at one time hoped that the Coach House project could accommodate some sort of museum. However, it is not the Civic Trust who are responsible for the museum's establishment but our friends the Local Historical and Archæological Society.

The Museum is well worth a visit as the Society has amassed an astonishing wealth of information and artefacts on Littleborough's past over the last fifteen years. However, it should be borne in mind that the museum has been founded solely through the Society's own resources with no grant aid forthcoming as yet from either the local authority or charitable institutions. If the museum is to survive and the Civic Trust sincerely hopes that it does, it will require more support in the form of donations from the general public who visit it. It is beyond the Civic Trust's means to make over any significant sum to aid the museum from its own coffers but we would urge all Civic Trust members to visit the museum and if satisfied not to turn a blind eye to the donations box.



Six years ago I printed my current Top 20 List of Peaks 'bagged’. Here is the revised list as of 20th July. I hope to be able to change it in October.

Last time I invited other walkers in the Trust to send in their own list which gleaned one response. Dare I ask......?

Photograph: Green Gable

Green Gable

Photograph: Helvellyn


1. Helvellyn.3,118 ft.
2. Fairfield.2,863
3. Hart Crag.2,698
4=. Dove Crag.2,503
4=. Green Gable.2,503
6. Allen Crags.2,572
7. Glaramara.2,560
8. Red Screes.2,541
9. Great Rigg.2,513
10. Ingleborough.2,373
11. Brandreth.2,344
12. Grey Knotts.2,287
13. High Pike.2,155
14. High Soy.2,143
15. Fleetwith Pike.2,126
16. Rossett Pike.2,106
17. Little Hart Crag.2,091
18. Kinder Low.2,077
19. Heron Pike.2,033
20. Black Hill.1,908
Photograph: Heron Pike

Heron Pike

Photograph: Little Hart Crag

Little Hart Crag



Thanks to:
K. Farrell for typing the master copy.
All contributors and distributors.

We wish to thank the Countryside Commission and the Yorkshire Bank PLC for their generous financial assistance which has enabled Littleborough Civic Trust to obtain reprographic equipment for the production of this newsletter and other printed items.


Editor: Michael Farrell