Moss Valley Circular (13th June 2024)

Here’s Graham’s report on his Moss Valley walk.

Due to the heavy rain that was forecast this particular evening, I wasn’t expecting a big turnout for my walk around the upper Moss Valley. And so it proved when only six other members arrived at the car park in the rain, but still wanting to do the walk. 

I had recced my intended route the previous day with Eileen, as it was a route that could easily be shortened at various places if needed. So seven hardy souls set out (still raining) heading for Jordanthorpe via the “Horse Field” (now ploughed), Whinacre Farm and the old Boundary Social Club. As we reached the Jordanthorpe Parkway the rain had eased quite a bit and didn’t give us much trouble for the rest of the walk. We skirted the estate and crossed back over the Parkway and entered Coal Pit Wood. In this wood is where two streams come together to form the start of the River Moss. 

A short climb took us into Long Wood and we walked the length of this down to the top of Dowey Lumb where we had a short drinks stop. Moving on from the stop we followed the bridleway through the bottom of Bridle Road Wood and then turned right along the bottom of Dowey Lumb. It was then through parts of Cook Spring Wood and Whinacre Wood as we made our way back towards the start. The rain had now stopped so I took the farm track back towards Cross Lane and across the two fields to the allotments and then back to the car park for 9.00pm as planned.

Many thanks to Graham for leading the walk and for providing the report.