Two Brooks Valley lies deep within Hawkshaw valley between Turton Road and Bolton Road. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the valley sustained a community in itself, with a number of mills, works, farms and several groups of cottages. The remains of many of these can still be seen within the valley, and the network of public paths in the area is evidence of the previous activity.
These paths, once busy links for horses, carts and workers, now provide the opportunity for a leisurely stroll in the delightful setting of woods, brooks, lodges (former industrial ponds) and fields, or for a more in-depth exploration of the wildlife, industrial and architectural interest of the valley.
The downloadable leaflet and maps provide suggestions for a walking route around the valley featuring several points of interest.
Accessibility and facilities
Many of the paths are steep, poorly paved, or involve stiles, though much of Two Brooks Lane south of Hawkshaw village may be partially accessible. Pubs are available in Hawkshaw and Affetside villages.
How to get there
Despite what is stated in the leaflet, by far the easiest access to Two Brooks Valley is via Two Brooks Lane, south from Hawkshaw village, where there are pubs and other facilities. There is a very limited bus service (on certain days of the week only) from Bury town centre and from Bromley Cross rail station.
To work out how to get to and from the walk start point, simply click the Google Maps link below. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. For public transport options, click on the train icon.