Sunday, 23rd October 2011




Walk: Black Moor, Widdop Reservoir, Extwistle Moor, Swinden Reservoir and Worsthorne
Start Point: Worsthorne Grid Reference: SD 881 324
Distance: 8.6 miles Ascent: 1.330 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Sunny at first then white cloud with a stiff Breeze
Comments: Participants left Fylde in the rain to find that it was dry in East Lancashire. Assembling on a lane leading up to Black Moor the group then began a steady ascent along a track heading for Black Moor. On the way views of Hurstwood, Cant Clough and Gorples reservoirs could be seen. Also noticeable where the spoil heaps left by previous generations of miners who had probably wrestled coal and minerals out of the desolate moorland. After a climb of about six hundred feet the track crossed the Lancashire/Yorkshire boundary and then descended to Widdop Reservoir. This being a pleasant day weather wise, the leader then circumnavigated the reservoir before re-crossing the Lancashire/Yorkshire boundary. Continuing by the way of Extwistle Moor and Swinden Reservoir the fifteen strong group returned to the start point after an invigorating walk.

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Group ready to start


Heading east up the non tarmaced Gorple Road, the Pennine Bridleway


Anyone for a spot of painting . . .


with a view


Hurstwood Reservoir, and remnants of previous workings


Gorple Upper Reservoir


Gorple Stones


Coffee stop looking over Shuttleworth Moor to Gorple Lower Reservoir


Crossing the dam at Widdop Reservoir


Widdop Lodge beside a very low reservoir - due to work being carried out


and we make our way round the permissive path


Looking back to Widdop


Another reservoir - Swinden this time


The cars are just over that ridge

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