Sunday, 27th January 2013
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Setting out from the car park on a snowy/icy track
Beth and Kath with Karen (the hat) on the way to . . .
The archway at Lancaster Castle leading to . . .
the inside . . .
with views of Rivington Pike and Winter Hill
Beth and Kath with Karen (the hat) . . .
join the rest of the group for a photo
An information board tells the story of the Castle
Then it's back on the track . . .
which is still in an icy grip
The River Douglas is swollen with meltwater but . . .
fortunately there is a bridge . . .
accessed by icy steps
which Beth and Kath descend carefully
Heading towards the fish ponds near Horwich . . .
which are frozen over today
Then it's over Smithills Moor
Negotiating a swollen stream . . .
to find a sheltered spot for lunch . . .
before continuing on to Winter Hill
The paths are still frozen up here . . .
as we make our way past the TV mast which dominates Winter Hill
Continuing on to the trig point for a group photo
Belmont village comes into view past the snowdrift (The church is in the bottom left part of the picture)
It's a tricky descent as the snow is much thicker on this side . . .
as this picture from the bottom shows
Some huge snowdrifts can be seen at the side of the track leading up to Rivington Pike . . .
and snow covered steps make the descent through Lever Park slower than normal