Sunday, 17th March 2013
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Preparing for the walk - with a new covering of snow . . .
and some threatening weather . . .
as we make our way beside the road . . .
and into Sabden
Approaching Ratten Clough the sheep are hoping we are bringing some food . . .
but they will be disappointed
A winter scene . . .
but this is the middle of March . . .
in Sabden Velley
The snow gets deeper as we climb
Robb and John check out this 'trig point'
At Sabden Fold this peacock is waiting . . .
to show off his colourful tail feathers . . .
while his friends keep an eye on the female (just by the gate)
At least there is some hay still around . . .
for these fell ponies
A group shot while Phil catches up (centre of picture)
Drivers Heights Farm
Fell Foot Wood
The group approaches the corner where . . .
we head in amongst the trees . . .
and enjoy the glorious scenes . . .
of trees covered in snow (which they keep dumping on us!)
We eventually reach the lower path . . .
which leads out of the woods . . .
and find a suitable spot for elevenses . . .
overlooking Ogden Clough . . .
which is crossed by this bridge
Upper Ogden Reservoir . . .
which looks quite different . . .
to what I saw on Tuesday!
Climbing above Ogden Hill we can look back over Fell Wood . . .
and higher up the sun makes a brief appearance
It's pretty busy today . . .
as we reach the summit trig point
The group checks out the view towards Barley . . .
and Black Moss Reservoirs . . .
were much easier to make out only 5 days earlier
The walls are plastered with snow . . .
but the circular shelter provides the perfect spot for lunch
The scout cairn sports a 'Snow Hat' . . .
and provides the background for a group shot
Then we have to tackle 'the boggy bit' (which isn't quite so boggy today)
Why build a wall in a 'snow hole'!
Looking across the Ribble Valley . . .
with Clitheroe in the foreground and Parlick in the centre
The cairn on Mearley Moor marks our turning point . . .
and stands as a memorial to two members of the Clayton-le-Moors Harriers
The final obstacle to navigate - Howcroft Brook