Sunday, 30th January 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Haslingden Grane, Hog Low Pike, Musbury Heights
Start Point: Clough Head Information Centre Grid Reference: SD 752 232
Distance: 9.5 miles Ascent: 1,400 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Cold start remaining dry and becoming milder during the day
Comments: The regular Fours ramblers group were joined today by four newcomers who increased the total to 27 walkers for the day. Before setting off, the group took a quiet moment to reflect on the sad passing of Bob Schmuhl
After digestion of bacon butties and other goodies from the cafe in the information centre, the group headed off to pick up the Rossendale way as it ran past Jamestone quarry. A short stop, to wonder at the history of the quarry, before heading off along the Rossendale way towards Calf Hey Reservoir. On the way we passed through the area of that had been the village of Haslingden Grane, all that remains are ruins and tales of illicit whiskey making back in the 1850ís. After a brief stop for 11íses, we tackled the ascent to Hog Low Pike at 383 meters the high point of the day. The walk continued eastwards over Causeway Height and picked up the Rossendale way on the other side of the fell overlooking Helmshore. After lunch we tracked below Tor hill and followed the often indistinct footpaths up to the disused quarry workings on Musbury Heights The route then took us down from the heights giving views of the reservoirs in the valley below and the final stretch before returning to the car park. .

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Jamestone Quarry

 

Jamestone Quarry

 

On the . . .

 

Rossendale Way

 

On the way to Grane

 

Ruins of Grane Village . . .

 

on the Rossendale Way

 

Ladies in duscussion

 

Dorothy and co heading for . . .

 

more ruins

 

Descending towards Calf Hey Reservoir

 

Calf Hey Reservoir - a little higher than last summer

 

Calf Hey Reservoir June 2010

 

Up we go

 

Roger leads the ascent to Musbury Heights . . .

 

followed by Sheila and backmarker Brian

 

Are we nearly there yet?

 

John, taking it easy at Hog Lowe Pike

 

Shooting was in progress - no casualties

 

A trek across Musbury Heights

 

Which way now, Roger?

 

High Moss

 

A ruin on High Moss

 

Looking down on Helmshore

 

The crossing of Musbury Brook

 

A bit of a slog to Rushy Leach

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