Sunday, 23rd February 2014

Walk:
Tarkington's Plantation, Yarnside, Tom Barn, Cranberry Moss, Higher Aushaw, Aushaw Moss, Naze End, Wayoh Farm, Wayoh Reservoir and Railway Viaduct
Start Point:
Batridge Barn car park
Grid Reference: SD722 172
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 1,200 feet
Time: 5.25 hours
Weather: Mainly wet and windy
Comments: 9 walkers, undeterred by the gloomy (and accurate) BBC weather forecast, found the conditions underfoot to be less muddy than on some recent walks. The rain was most persistent on the exposed stretch between Tom Barn and Wayoh Farm, and although the views were not as good as they could have been, visibility was never poor. Wooden stiles were inevitably, wet and slippery. In two places trees had fallen across the path. Sightings of lambs and budding bushes gave hope that spring is on its way perhaps with better weather. It was not a good day for photography so the meagre selection from the walk has been supplemented with photographs taken on the reccie.

As we climbed from Batridge Barn we had a view across Turton and Entwistle Reservoir (reccie)

Quarry in Yarnside (reccie)

Belted Galloways are well suited to the West Pennine terrain and climate

Lunch was enjoyed in a sheltered sunken lane at Higher Aushaw

Looking south across Wayoh Reservoir (reccie)

Wayoh Railway viaduct carries trains from Manchester to Clitheroe

This splendid piece of Victorian civil engineering is best seen when the leaves are off the trees (reccie)

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