This part of the walk can be a little confusing, well it was for me. I will explain it the best I can.
As you exit the Woods at Turton Bottoms, turn left onto the modern cobbled road. This is called Vale Street. The houses are really quite nice around here, and look very expensive!
Walk along this road for a short while, and on your right it exits onto a narrow track and crosses an old Packhorse Bridge. You will emerge onto another cobbled road. Following this road you will exit onto Birches Road.
Pass the Old Printers Cottages on your right. Keeping to the path, you will emerge on to a tarmac road and ahead, another set of Modern Houses. Continue all the way up past the houses, until the road ends and you reach 2 wooden gates. Immediately on your left you will see stone steps which lead up to the Old Chimney ( you should see it above the treeline).
Climb the steps, keeping the chimney on your right. Follow the path and go through the gate, which leads into an open field. This field can be a little tricky, and in the Council leaflet I printed out for my guide was not very clear to me as it’s not very descriptive.
Now, it was very early spring when me and my brother walked this route, as such the field was very muddy. Which led to my brother losing a boot, which he couldn’t put back on properly. He then attempted to find a safer route around the edge of the field, ignoring my warnings that the fence on the perimeter was probably electrified. He found that, indeed it was electrified. As I was stood in the middle of the field, trying not to laugh.
Anyway, back to the guide.
At the top left hand corner of this field, there is a wooden gate. You should be able to make out a rough path in the grass running diagonally towards this gate. Go through the gate and along the track, keeping the house on your right. There will be another gate ahead, with a cool handmade iron weight on a chain. Go through this gate, and drop down through the fields to a wooden foot bridge.
Cross the wooden foot bridge and turn right along the path. You should see a nice stone bridge up ahead on your right.
At this point in the walk, following the council guide leaflet. I actually misread it, and turned right and crossed the stone bridge, which took me off course for around 10 minutes. At the point where you see the stone bridge on your right, don’t cross the bridge, instead take the path on the left. This will take you into Barlow Park Woodland.
Following the path through Barlow Park Woodland, keep going for around 15 minutes though the woods. You will soon exit the woods on to a playground at the Barlow Institute. Walking past the Bowling Green on your left, and exit on to Bolton Road.
Turn right down on to Bolton Road, and follow this all the way down. The road will start to bend to your left. And across the road, is the Black Bull Inn.