Wednesday, 4th December 2013

Walk: Back o Bowley, Horse Bowers, Black Hill, Whittle Hall and Dean Clough Reservoir
Start Point: Dog & Otter, Cliffe Lane, Great Harwood Grid Reference: SD 730 330
Distance: 5 miles Ascent: 625 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Sunny but cool
Comments: After driving through heavy rain and traffic jams the group arrived at the Dog & Otter to find the sun shining. The leader led his twenty five followers on a picturesque walk starting at Dean Lane. After Bowley Scout Camp the lane became a leaf carpeted path on the way down to Dean Bridge. Soon after Heys Farm the group left the track to climb a steep (ish) field at Horse Bowers and then passed through a wood to reach Moor Lane. This elevated, quiet lane afforded views of nearby Billington and a more distant Longridge Fell. Leaving Moor Lane the group passed through Whittle Hall to reach Dean Clough and using the path dividing the two levels returned to the Dog & Otter for a well-earned meal. The food and service were good.

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Descending Dean Lane to Dean Bridge


The leader checks his group


A tranquil scene


Another autumnal scene


Nearing the top of a stiff climb at Horse Bowers


Collection Day at Higher Whalley Banks Farm


A difficult stile


An alternative activitiy


Time to tuck in


Where are we Ann?


Leader and Backmarker sit it out in st(y)ile


A merry band descending to Dean Clough Reservoir


More of the Dean Clough scenery


Between upper and lower Dean Clough Reservoirs


Four of the young ladies in the group enjoying the scenery

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