Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Walk: Clowbridge Reservoir, Compton’s Cross, Rossendale Way, Pennine Bridleway, Lumb, Higher Walls, Wheat Head, The Height, Crawshawbooth, Bottomley Bank, Meadow Head, Gambleside
Start Point: Limey Lane, Dunnockshaw Grid Reference: SD 830 287
Distance: 8.4 miles Ascent: 1,330 feet
Time: 4.5 hours    
Weather: Humid. Dry. Overcast in the morning but brighter in the afternoon.
Comments: 15 walkers with Christine standing in as leader for John. (It was as well that we had done 3 reccies!!). One of the reasons for doing three reccies was the difficulty we had finding the path down to Gambleside from Meadow Head. It is very clear on the South Pennines Explorer Map, but not so clear on the ground, whatever the season! A further reason for additional recciing arose because of the temporary closure of the footpath between Bottomley Bank Lane and Goodshaw Lane (FP 337).
There were interesting community relics in Gambleside explained by excellent information boards. We’ve included some reccie photos to show the seasonal contrasts....and because the photographer was in leading mode! Thanks to DS for other photos.

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We started walking past Clowbridge Reservoir


Compton's Cross


Compton's Cross First Recce 29th March


First recce on the Rossendale Way


Descending towards Lumb


A farmer's home brew


Coffee break by the Lumb Millennium Green


Walking past Lumb Church on the first recce


Looking across to Goodshaw on the second recce, 4th April


Lunch above Bottomley Bank


Clowbridge Reservoir came into sight as we descended from Meadow Head


Recce 3 dropping down to Gambleside and Clowbridge Reservoir


First recce Gambleside Baptistry


First recce, water feeding into Clowbridge reservoir

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