Sunday, 29th April 2012

Walk: Churn Clough Reservoir, Dean Farm, Pendle Way, Newchurch in Pendle, Barley Hill, Ogden Clough, Black Hill, Apronfull Hill
Start Point: Nick of Pendle Grid Reference: SD 771 385
Distance: 10.3 miles Ascent: 1,892 feet
Time: 4.75 hours    
Weather: Driving wind and rain to start with and very strong winds and rain in the afternoon
Comments: 4 members and a visitor joined the leader despite the forecast of heavy rain and strong winds. The beginning of the walk headed along the Sabden Valley to Newchurch and a head wind and rain didn't make for pleasant walking or give much opportunity to chat. Fortunately the service at the church in Newchurch had finished and we were able to make use of the porch for our elevenses. Heading down to Barley via Barley Fold our minds started to turn to the possibility of changing the route and after climbing the flanks of Barley Hill it was decided to make our way along Ogden Clough rather than climbing onto Pendle Hill. The clough was quite sheltered and gave us the opportunity to make a quick stop for lunch. After climbing out of the Clough onto Black Hill we met the full force of the wind which was behind us but still made walking difficult. Our decision now being ratified, we headed to the cars with all speed - pleased to find that they hadn't been blown away!!!

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Where have the trees gone . . .


from the forest above Churn Clough Reservoir?


Looks like they are all stacked ready for collection!


Upper Ogden Reservoir


Heading up Ogden Clough . . .


where we find a relatively sheltered spot for lunch

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