Sunday, 2nd March 2008

             

          

 

Walk: Belmont Reservoir, Charters Moss Plantation, Delph Reservoir, Turton Heights, Turton & Entwistle Reservoir, Turton Moor
Start Point: Car park off A675 Bolton Road Grid Reference: SD 675 190
Distance: 12.5 miles Ascent: 1,850 feet
Time: 6.25 hours    
Weather: Dry, mostly sunny, cloud above summits, moderate visibility. The temperature in the valleys was approximately 7C but there was a high wind chill on summits due to the blustery wind. Overnight rain caused wet conditions underfoot  and there was evidence of storm damage due to the recent gales.
Comments: Ten people took part in what was a pleasant walk with a mixture of plantation moorland and reservoir. Good views were had of the surrounding countryside, particularly of Winter Hill and Holcombe Tower on the Eastern extremity of the walk. On crossing Turton Moor we discovered large quantities of frog (or toad) spawn which sparked a discussion as to why it had been laid in a puddle and what would be the fate of the tadpoles if the puddle dried up! The walk was enjoyed by all participants who, despite the leader's reputation for muddy walk, managed to stay reasonably clean.

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Turton Heights can be seen in the distance as we set out along the Witton Weavers Way

 

A weir provides convenient seating as we stop for elevenses in Charters Moss Plantation

 

Continuing on our way we enter the woods once more

 

The going is pleasant as the sunshine filters through the trees

 

We soon find evidence of the damage caused by the severe gales two days previously . . .

 

and we are all forced to do a spot of 'tree hopping'

 

Leaving the woods behind we climb on to Turton Heights . . .

 

where we get a good view of the Entwistle Reservoir in the distance

 

Continuing along the moor . . .

 

we find that the trig point is surrounded by bog

 

Superior dining arrangements are provided as we reach Entwistle Reservoir . . .

 

which is overflowing with the winter rains

 

Leaving the reservoir behind . . .

 

we continue on to Turton Moor . . .

 

where we come across a mass of frog spawn in a puddle in the middle of the track . . .

 

before returning to the car park.

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