Sunday, 5th August 2012

Walk: Ward’s Stone, Grit Fell and Clougha Pike
Start Point: Car Park just over the Tarnbrook Wyre Bridge Grid Reference: SD 564 543
Distance: 16.5 miles Ascent: 2,000 feet
Time: 7.5 hours    
Weather: Bright with heavy rain showers
Comments: Again the six who set off had a day's walking in very disappointing weather conditions for this time of year. That said the day started and finished with the sort of weather we should be getting with bright sunny sky and clear views. Unfortunately by the time we had climbed up to Ward’s Stone the mist was rolling in fast and we had already walked through a couple of light showers, but it was the hailstones the size of marbles hitting our heads that made us all wonder what on earth is happening to our summer these days. We quickly moved on over Grit Fell where we stopped for lunch. It was here where we were hit by a thunderstorm and torrential rain, so we quickly finished our lunch and moved on to Clougha Pike where again the great views from here where all lost due to the cloud and mist that surrounded us.

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Walking through Duckenshaw we passed some very nice property

 

We followed a very good gravel track up to a gate at Brown Syke

 

Looking back across Bowland with Hawthornthwaite top in the distance

 

From the gate it was all change as we set off across the very wet peat typical of Bowland

 

Yes, more peat

 

Our two guest walkers sitting on the Queen's Chair

 

At last we eventually reached the first trig point

 

We approached Ward's Stone . . .

 

where there is another trig point

 

The group gather at Grit Fell

 

Clougha Pike in the mist!

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