A little downhill and opposite the pub, there is a short steep climb up the obvious path leading onto a level path that always has puddles on it.
The drain can be followed, but I prefer the less trod option by taking a small footbridge over the drain and cutting up diagonally on a narrow path rejoining the roman road near the Aiggin Stone to begin the loop.
Take the option to continue on the quieter section of the roman road which becomes increasingly wet and less distinct, dropping down to cross a drain to reach a clear permitted path and turn right, following the drain until a T-junction wooden signpost.
Turn right-ish and follow the clear path that wriggles south east, as the M62 motorway first comes into hearing and then view, with Green Withins Reservoir filling the hollow.
The path gets a little wetter and weaker before you cross a major drain and turn right onto the hard track that leads down and around the reservoir.
Turn right to follow a small drain before reaching the road and a short climb then takes you onto the Pennine Way, near the Windy Hill footbridge.
Still a little rusty but starting to feel a little fitter and almost ready to try a test run.