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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