Sunday, 27th July 2008

             

      

 

Walk: Affetside, Hawkshaw, Edgworth, Wayoh Reservoir, Turton Tower and Jumbles Reservoir
Start Point: Jumbles Reservoir car park Grid Reference: SD 737 140
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: Less than 1,000 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Hot and humid with lots of sunshine
Comments: Led by Dorothy and Roger (and guest guide Alan) we skirted Jumbles Reservoir before turning east to climb slowly to Affetside.  Here we saw Affetside Cross at the side of a former Roman road.  Continuing, after a water stop, we headed for Two Brooks Farm and Hawkshaw.  After passing through hay fields and moor land we stopped for lunch at the side of a stream at Edgworth.  After lunch, three walkers took a shorter route, but the brave ones followed the Witton Weavers Way along the East side of Wayoh Reservoir.  Crossing a crescent shaped highway over the reservoir we reached the west side of the reservoir and then headed south to join another part of the Witton Weavers Way near Clough House Farm.  Here, people were curious about two brick octagonal tower like structures.  A local resident informed us that at one time they had been farm silos.  Continuing south along the Witton Weavers Way we arrived at an unusual railway bridge at Turton Towers (see pictures).  On the last lap of the walk we rejoined Jumbles Reservoir where we watched youths of both sexes jumping into the reservoir from about 50 feet up a vertical rock face.  On returning to the car park a number of ice creams were consumed.  A nice walk!

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Affetside Cross

 

Alan and Judith read the plaque

 

The Plaque

 

Holcombe Peel Tower from Affetside

 

Roger finds some shade

 

Hay time

 

Bryan flees from the tractor

 

The path over Wayoh Reservoir

 

Wayoh Reservoir

 

Railway viaduct over Wayoh Reservoir (am I seeing double?)

 

Turton Tower Railway Bridge

 

Garry and Brian on guard duty

 

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