Sunday, 29th November 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Roddlesworth Woods, Belmont Reservoir, Belmont, Spitlers Edge, Great Hill.
Start Point: Roddlesworth Information centre, Tockholes Grid Reference: SD 664 215
Distance: 10.6 miles Ascent: 1,430 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Cool northerly wind with occasional showers, becoming more persistent on descent from Great Hill. The temperature was 2 degrees when we set off and possibly less on the top of Spitlers Edge and Great Hill.
Comments: The planned route had to be altered as the footpath and road that crosses the dam of Belmont Reservoir has been closed for 13 months from October 2009 due to maintenance work.
Conditions underfoot were particularly bad with much surface water and mud. The path up from Belmont under Hoar Stones Brow was probably the worst. The crossing of Spitlers Edge in the past would have been the same, but that is now eased by the laying of stone flags for part of its length.

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River Roddlesworth

 

  Group getting their lungs working as we climb through the woods

 

Belmont Reservoir looks depleated

 

Very low, but still enough water for sailing

 

Looking to Spitlers and Redmonds Edges

 

Sailing club and Turton Moor

 

Lots of mud at Hordern Stoops

 

At least there was a wall for shelter and lunch at Will Nar

 

Welcome paving over Redmonds

 

Winter Hill in the background, as we regroup to ascend Great Hill.

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