Wednesday, 16th June 2010




Walk: Rushy Hill, Haslingden Grane, Calf Hey Reservoir and Nab Hill
Start Point: Grey Mare Inn, Belthorn Grid Reference: SD 732 240
Distance: 5.25 miles Ascent: 750 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Wall to wall sunshine, warm and no wind. Dry underfoot. (Perfect for walking)
Comments: Our leader, who attracted a group of thirty-four, first headed along the Grane Road to join the Rossendale Way near to the Lancashire/Blackburn with Darwen boundary. After a short walk along the side of Rushy Hill the route descended to cross the Grane Road and on to moorland. Continuing along the Rossendale Way the tea break was taken near to the remains of Haslingden Grane.

Haslingden Grane is a glaciated valley lying to the west of Haslingden and in the north east of the West Pennine Moors. It contains three reservoirs: Calf Hey Reservoir, Ogden Reservoir and Holden Wood Reservoir. Prior to the construction of the reservoirs in the 19th century the settlement of Haslingden Grane had a population of 1,300 and was the centre of an illegal whisky distilling industry. The remains of some buildings can still be seen. Much quarrying has taken place in the past and continues at Jamestone Quarry. The valley is overlooked to the north by Oswaldtwistle Moor and to the south by Musbury Heights. The attractive moorland scenery makes it a popular place for walking especially through the well known Fairy Glen beauty spot, there is an information centre, parking and cafe at Clough Head.

Leaving the ruins behind the group walked over moorland and through wooded areas to reach Calf Hey Reservoir. Signs at the reservoir forbade Swimming, however the water level was so low there was hardly enough to swim in. Crossing the dam the sun drenched group ascended to Grane Road and crossed it to rest once more at the café at Clough Head. Here, thirsts were quenched and ice creams licked. The start of the last leg of the walk was by climbing a few feet from Clough Head up part of Nab Hill to re-join the Rossendale Way in a westerly direction. Walking on the moor just above the field line the merry band headed for the Grey Mare Inn and a well earned meal and a drop of ale. Fine fare, an enjoyable walk and most of all good weather. Thank you leader!

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Leaving the Grey Mare Inn via the Grane Road


Slowing down to join the Rossendale Way


Up to the moors


A distant Darwen Tower viewed from a Lancashire-Blackburn & Darwen boundary


On the side of Nab Hill


Approaching a ruin at Haslingden Grane


Refreshments in the shade . . .


and in the sun


Des and Stewart take it standing up


Ann and Elizabeth take it sitting down


Judith (right) and a friend have been framed


Running repairs


Brian borrows a stepping stone


Looking towards Calf Hey and Ogden Reservoirs


On the Rossendale Way with Musbury Heights top right


Wooden toadstools


A bevy of beauty descend from the woods. No, not the men


On the right track


Is this the way for the Clog Dancers?


Ian and Craig backmark


Not much water going to the reservoir


Approaching Calf Hey Reservoir


What - no water!


Not much water to swim in


It will need a lot of rain to fill this (But please not Wednesdays or Sundays)


Ascending to Grane Road . . .


for another break


Information about the moors


The last major incline to Nab Hill


Ba Ba Black Sheep


A view from Rushy Hill

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