Wednesday, 29th February 2012

Walk: Ornamental Reservoir, Longworth Clough, Part of the Witton Weavers Way across Stake Moss, Belmont Reservoir, Ward's Cote, The Blue Lagoon (War'ís Reservoir)
Start Point: The Black Dog, Belmont Grid Reference: SD 674 158
Distance: 5.6 miles Ascent: 700 feet
Time: 2.75 hours    
Weather: Mainly overcast with low cloud causing a touch of light drizzle as we crossed Stake Moss. Mild.
Comments: 37 walkers. Muddy paths through Longworth Clough. Woodpeckers heard in Longworth Hall Plantation. New stile and gate at the bottom of drive to Wardís Cote clarified access.

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Assembly at Belmont

 

Egerton Road stile

 

Descending to . . .

 

Ornamental Reservoir

 

Down the slippery slope (steps) to Longworth Clough

 

Over the water to . . .

 

join a queue for the hill climb

 

Still queuing

 

Mountain climbing in The Hall Wood

 

Thirty seven pairs of boots have just trodden these board-walks

 

Taking a breather

 

Joan decides to strip off - but just her jacket

 

Looking back over Longworth Clough

 

Taking a well earned break. If you listen carefully you will hear a woodpecker in the woods.

 

Serious faces at coffee break

 

On the Witton Weavers Way across Stake Moss

 

Winter Hill

 

Water cascading into Ward's Reservoir

 

The advance party exploring around Ward's Reservoir

 

The rear guard near to Wormsteads

 

Ward's Reservoir near Belmont

 

Another view of Ward's Reservoir

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