414 Jackson's Memorial

Farmers getting rich by keeping sheep seems rather unlikely, but sheep don't mind living on the windswept moorland above Watergrove Reservoir and in centuries past their wool brought prosperity to the valley. Nowadays sheep rearing only clings on with the aid of grants, and walkers rather than farmers tramp the land. But Crook Hill was a special place for Farmer Jackson, whose favourite spot is marked by a circular stone shelter, handy for walkers and farmers, and even the sheep.

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LOCATION: Four miles north of Rochdale
START: Watergrove Reservoir car park, above Wardle village
Grid ref: SD912176 Postcode: OL129NE
DISTANCE: 5 miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - South Pennines Landranger 109
REFRESHMENTS: Pack a flask
EN ROUTE: Long Causeway, Pennine Bridleway, Ramsden Road

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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