Sunday, 17th March 2013

Walk: New York, Sabden Fold, Fell Wood, Ogden Clough, Big End, Scout Cairn, Badger Wells Hill, Clitheroe Road
Start Point: Lay-by on Clitheroe Road above Sabden Grid Reference: SD 775 380
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 1,940 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: A dry day but with snow underfoot and a cold wind on Pendle Hill
Comments: Walking initially up the Sabden Valley we were glad of the surfaced road which made walking easier than on the snow covered rough pasture land. Eventually reaching Fell Wood we took a route through the trees which looked spectacular in their new dressing of snow. Elevenses was taken overlooking Lower Ogden Reservoir before making our way to the summit of Pendle Hill, otherwise known as Big End. With a cold wind blowing we quickly moved and took advantage of the circular shelter on Pendle Hill for our lunch stop. After a brief pause at the  Scout Cairn we found that the snow covering made the peat bog section easier to navigate than in milder conditions. A sharp turn at the Harriers Memorial cairn took us across Howcroft Brook and back to the cars. A good day that was enjoyed by all.

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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

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