Sunday, 11th August 2013

Walk: Witton Weavers Way, Stones Bank Plantation, Turton Heights, Cheetham Close, Turton & Entwistle Reservoir, Duckshaw Clough, Hollinshead Hall
Start Point: Belmont Road car park Grid Reference: SD 665 191
Distance: 14 miles Ascent: 2,000 feet
Time: 6.75 hours    
Weather: Overcast with some short sharp showers
Comments: The route followed the Witton Weavers Way along good tracks and across moorland paths, passing a couple of reservoirs and walking through woodland. There were good views for much of the walk and though some of the showers were heavy they didn't last for more than about 10 minutes. An enjoyable walk that needed some demanding navigation at times.

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Will we need the waterproofs - it's going to be one of those on / off days!

 

Heading along the Witton Weavers Way . . .

 

past Belmont Reservoir

 

Time for a conference . . .

 

in the woods

 

Elevenses stop

 

Some unusually large pine cones hide amongst the trees

 

A calf with an appetitie

 

Arriving at Cheetham Close . . .

 

we gather for a group photo . . .

 

before heading downhill with Egerton in the distance

 

A depleted Turton & Entwistle Reservoir . . .

 

where three benches provide the perfect spot for lunch

 

Looking back to the reservoir

 

Robb decides to mend a broken stile . . .

 

having found a 'suitable' hammer he carries out a perfect repair!!

 

A short pause before the next climb . . .

 

onto Darwen Moor, with Jubilee (Darwen) Tower in the distance

 

Tockholes Plantation takes us to . . .

 

the ruins of Hollinshead Hall, and back to the cars

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