Sunday, 28th April 2013

Walk: Windy Hills, Pennine Way over Blackstone Edge to the Eiggin Stone
Start Point: Info Centre at Hollingworth Lake Grid Reference: SD 940 153
Distance: 10.5 miles Ascent: 1,500 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Dull and windy, but no rain until the afternoon.
Comments: 9 members set of in the dry but windy conditions along the east side of Hollingworth lake, through Rakewood and under the M62 motorway on the Pennine Bridleway and up to the Rochdale Way on Tunshill Lane. We left this to follow the path over the Windy Hills up to the communication mast, where we joined the Pennine Way over the M62 to Blackstone Edge. On the way we had passed many piles of old factory flags which were to be used to protect the peat from the erosion of many feet using the Pennine Way. (Perhaps we could have some for Spitlers Edge over the West Pennine Moors!) Lunch was taken behind the large boulders, as protection from strong winds. As we set off it started raining, which persisted nearly all the way back via the 600 year old Aiggin stone, White House Pub, Lydgate and Whittaker Golf Course, back to the cars.

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Roger and Dorothy felt at home here


Under the M62


The cows are lying down - for rain?


Climbing to Windy Hills - there is a series of them


Out of the wind for coffee


Communication Tower on top of Windy Hill


Pennine Way bridge over M62, hold onto your hats


New slabs for the Pennine Way


View from Blackstone Edge over Rochdale


John and Christine at the trig point (472mtrs)


Information plaque for . . .


the Aiggin Stone


Our leader and his reward

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