Sunday, 29th November 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Ratten Clough Wood, Burnley Way, Thieveley Pike, Pennine Bridleway, Burnley Way, Cliviger, Hurstwood Reservoir, Cant Clough Reservoir, Pipeline, Coal Clough Wind Farm
Start Point: Lay-by on A 646 Grid Reference: SD 888 271
Distance: 13.4 miles Ascent: 2,340 feet
Time: 6.5 hours    
Weather: Fine with light rain towards the end of the walk
Comments: 8 keen walkers set off from the car park on what turned out to be a much brighter day than expected, as heavy rain had been forecast and we only had fine rain falling for the last hour of the walk. There was quite a steep climb up from the road to join the Burnley Way where there were views down over Portsmouth.
The Burnley Way was followed to Theiveley Pike crossing very wet peaty ground which was a pleasure to walk over as it was totally undamaged by mountain bikers!
Whilst it was quite cold the winds just blew the clouds over which meant that there were reasonable views from here. We then dropped down to join the Pennine Bridleway with a diversion through Dyneley farm to hear the shouts of “keep them there gates closed” from the farmer.
From there we dropped down to Cliviger and on up to Hurstwood and Cant Clough reservoirs. Perhaps the highlight was the pipe walk from there across Worsthorne Moor, with the sections where the pipe disappeared underground being extremely boggy. Balancing across the pipe was a bit of a challenge in such wet and windy conditions.
We then wove our way through the Coal Clough wind farm crossing, yes you’ve guessed it, very boggy and muddy ground to Dean farm where we cut back down to the car park. The walk appeared to be enjoyed by all who commented that the conditions underfoot meant it scored very highly on the 'Phil Scale'!

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All togged up - for rain and mud!

 

Our initial climb takes us through Ratten Clough Wood . . .

 

and onto the Burnley Way, with Coal Clough Wind Farm in the distance . . .

 

and Portsmouth down in the valley

 

An unusual monument to Lady Towneley

 

A lick of paint and she'll be as good as new . . .

 

but a little more work may be needed here

 

An impressive back entrance for a house in Cliviger

 

A couple of local residents . . .

 

don't think much of their accommodation . . .

 

but the pigs are more than happy in the mud surrounding an unusual dove cote

 

Rock Water, descending from Hurstwood Reservoir, has managed to stay within its banks

 

A traditional property in Hurstwood . . .

 

possibly the home of the poet Edmund Spenser

 

Hurstwood Reservoir provides a good spot for lunch . . .

 

before continuing on to Cant Clough Reservoir . . .

 

where water gushes down the overflow

 

Heading along the Pipeline . . .

 

which seems to stretch on for ever . . .

 

especially looking back

 

Further along rather more care is needed . . .

 

as we all follow the Pied Piper

 

Heading up Seddon Clough towards the wind farm

 

But first we regroup . . .

 

and Karen checks that we follow the Green Cross Code

 

The rain has set in now . . .

 

and all the turbines are whizzing round . . .

 

and from a distance stand out clearly

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