Sunday, 28th March 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Barley, Spence Moor, Deerstones, Mearley Hall, Burst Clough, Scout Cairn, Big End, Black Moss Reservoir
Start Point: Barley Grid Reference: SD 823 403
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 2,200 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Cold winds blowing from the west
Comments: From Barley car park we took the path heading towards Ogden reservoirs and as we reached the disused water treatment plant, we struck off uphill for Spence Moor. After a coffee stop above the Deerstones, our path lead us to the main path for Pendle, but we left this path to descend Mearley Hall. Following tracks and paths for Angram Green farm before heading up Burst Clough to reach the scout cairn. This ascent is steep but fortunately not too long. We then headed up to Big End before descending for paths around Black Moss reservoir and the car park. The last leg of the walk was considerably warmer as we walked in the shelter of Pendle and out of the wind.

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Starting out from Barley

 

We climb up to Fell Wood with a view of the Ogden reservoir and Pendle Hill

 

Continuing over to Spence moor

 

The Group looks down on the Nick o' Pendle . . .

 

and Churn Clough Reservoir

 

Elevenses at Deerstones

 

Nick o' Pendle from Deerstones

 

The Cairn on Mearley Moor bears a plaque dedicated to Clayton-le-Moors Harriers

 

The "Nick" from Mearley Moor

 

This inquisitive pony came to greet as we passed

 

The start of the "short" steep ascent (according to the leader!!)

 

Halfway up the "short" steep ascent

 

The group pauses to read the inscription on the Scout cairn . . .

 

and we can see where it gets its name

 

Soon after we reach the shelter . . .

 

with its narrow entrance

 

Nearing the top of the "short" climb . . .

 

before descending on the tourist track . . .

 

Which is very busy today

 

Anyone for a game of lamb bingo?

 

Passing Black Moss reservoir on the way back to Barley

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