From Littleborough I'm planning on heading over Freeholds Top then Thieveley Pike which look like easier navigating but anyone know what the trails are like?
Haven't been over there recently but I suspect that given the recent weather/ground conditions it's going to be more Paaschendael than El Alamein.
The sections over Freeholds and Thievely aren't all made up tracks and can get VERY vague, especially in the area to the East of Whitworth round Brown Wardle and Hades Hill. There are a lot of old mining/quarry tracks which criss-cross the area and the whole place is generally used as a massive playground by the local motocross/enduro pikeys which confuses things further.
Freeholds itself is extremely boggy - the last time I was up there was about 2 years ago in the middle of June and in places I was up to my thighs in water. I shudder to think what it's like now.
Theiveley is better - it's still boggy but drains more quickly.