Sunday, 25th September 2011




Walk: Baitings Reservoir, Rishworth Moor, Blackstone Edge, Warland Reservoir, Withens Gate, Withens Clough Reservoir, Cragg Vale, Great Manshead Hill, Manshead End
Start Point: Baitings Reservoir Car Park Grid Reference: SE 011 191
Distance: 15 miles Ascent: 2,200 feet
Time: 7.25 hours    
Weather: Dry but overcast start, with a wet and misty middle and a sunny finish
Comments: Ten walkers attended for this walk. Earlier rain made the paths very wet whilst the mist and rain spoilt the views from Blackstone Edge and the Pennine Way. However, the weather improved shortly before lunch and the remainder of the walk was completed in sunshine.

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The quite spectacular dam of Baitings Reservoir from the car park


In memory of three deaths in the construction of the dam


We set off on our way across the dam


The dam as seen from the far side


Looking back at Baitings Dam from Rishworth Moor


We stop for a short breather just before reaching the Rishworth Drain


We follow the drain round Green Withens reservoir before heading up to Blackstone Edge


Green Withens reservoir as seen from the drain


We reach Blackstone Edge for a quick tea break just before the torrential rain kicked in


Thankfully the rain had eased by the time we reached the end of Warland reservoir


We continue to follow the Pennine Way in the direction of Stoodley Pike


We approach the junction with the Calderdale Way with Stoodley Pike in the distance. We followed the Calderdale Way down to Withens Clough reservoir


Rocks at the junction made an ideal spot for lunch as the clouds had now lifted.


We skirted around the back of Withens Clough reservoir


There was a great deal of civil engineering work being carried out on the dam and overflow of the reservoir


From the reservoir we followed another drain - they have proven to be very useful on this and other walks recently.


From the drain we can see down into Cragg Vale


And looking back Stoodley Pike can still be seen in the distance


We drop down very steeply to cross Turvin Clough on what appears to be a very old bridge.


Having climbed back out of the valley the views across to Stoodley Pike are now quite impressive in the blue sky


As we turn right Great Manshead Hill our next summit can be seen in the distance


We cross Great Manshead Hill and on to Manshead End where we stop for a group photo


From here there are now great views across to Stoodley Pike . . .


and to White Holme reservoir which we had passed earlier when there was heavy rain and thick cloud !

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