Sunday, 19th April 2009




Walk: Clowbridge Reservoir, Gambleside (site of), Crompston Cross, Thievely Pike
Start Point: Clowbridge Reservoir car park Grid Reference: SD 824 281
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 1,700 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Fine and sunny all day, with light breeze.
Comments: 17 members set off from the reservoir car park and sailing club, visiting the site of the once small hamlet of Gambleside, long since demolished, then on to the Crompston Cross, restored in 1903 but originally going back to the 1200ís. It was then over the moors using the new Townley Loop of the Pennine Bridleway, before the climb up to Theiveley Pike (449m). As we dropped down we passed evidence of previous coal mining activity with a Coal Board pumping station, lagoons and demolished cottages. The Rossendale Way took us across the farmland to Water and back up onto the moors and the Cross. We tracked west above the reservoir before dropping down to the car park where it was still pleasantly warm and sunny after a good day around the hills.

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Clowbridge Reservoir


The group sets off


Checking the information Board at 'Gambleside'


Compston's Cross


Coffee on the Pennine Bridleway overlooking Burnley


Memorial to Lady Mary Townley - guiding inspiration for the PBW and the Townley Loop


Holme Chapel to the left . . .


as we head towards . . .


the railway


It's the the start of the climb . . .


and climb


past the rock formations  . . .


of Clivinger . . .


to Thieveley Pike for a lunch stop


On the way down we pass a pumping station . . .


and remnants of previous coal mining activity 


A two tier stone stile in an old waterboard wall as we make our way along the Rossendale Way . . .


but you could also go through a gate and round the end!


Back over the wall further along


Back to the Compston Cross for tea . . .


before the return to Clowbridge Reservoir.

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