Date(s) - 22nd November 2018
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Victoria Metrolink Stop
Thursday 22nd November – Former LNWR: Walk Oldham to Lees
A walk about 5 miles to Lees (with possibly an extension of one mile) led by Richard Coulthurst from Oldham to Lees to follow as near as possible part of the track bed of the former London & North Western Railway’s Greenfield Branch that linked Greenfield and Oldham Glodwick Road (opened 5th July 1856).
For the notes to accompany the walk use this link: Walk Notes (Oldham’s Railways)
Meet in Manchester at the Victoria Metrolink stop at 10 a.m. For those members that need to buy tram tickets the suggestion is a return to Oldham (Mumps). From the tram approaching Oldham, it will be possible to see the old Werneth incline of the Manchester and Leeds railway (later L&YR) and the site of Werneth station and Werneth tunnel.
The group will alight at Westwood Metrolink stop where other participants could join us at about 10.30 a.m. Here can be seen the remains of the Werneth Goods and Mineral yard. From here walk into Oldham town centre viewing some of the grander buildings on Union Street which clearly demonstrate the past wealth of this cotton spinning town. We will then continue to see the site of Mumps station (from a distance) and visit the site of Central and Clegg Street stations. Following footpaths along the route of the L&NWR Delph branch to the site of Glodwick Road station (former goods shed is extant here) and on to Lees, where the lunch break will be taken.
There is a wide choice here of pubs, cafes or takeaways in Lees.
After lunch, if the time and weather permit, there is the option (distance of 1 mile) to continue to Grotton and Springhead station where the station house is now a private residence and one of the platforms is still extant Return by bus from Lees or Grotton.
There are several opportunities for an early escape using frequent bus services along the route of the walk. For further information contact Gerald Leach at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01565 654342.