A walk to the Wizard of Whirlaw to blow away the cobwebs

Our Oldham reporter Jean Friend and walking enthusiast takes us on a trip out of Greater Manchester to the Wizard of Whirlaw – and it has made us want to get our walking boots on.

Driving out of North Manchester it’s not long before you enter West Yorkshire. The A6033 will take you through the Lancashire or Greater Manchester town, depending on your point of view, of Littleborough and in to the West Yorkshire town of Todmorden.

The hills and moors that line this road from Littleborough have plenty of footpaths and bridleways that are great for blowing away the cobwebs but on Sunday my partner and I ventured a little way out of Todmorden along the A646.

After parking on the leisure centre car park up Ewood Lane we walked back to the main road and turned left and crossed the road. Taking the third road on the right we were soon on a bit of a lung busting climb. We were aiming for the Stone Head Carving on Whirlaw Common. Although there are loads of footpaths on this hill side the signage is somewhat lacking but from the contour lines on the 1:25000 OS map OL21 it was obvious that we would be climbing for a while.

The OS map wasn’t very informative when it came to identifying boggy ground but Common Rushes are a good indicator of where not to put your feet.

Once past the Whirlaw Rocks we soon spotted the Stone Head or the Wizard of Whirlaw.