Sunday, 15th June 2014

Walk: Ogden Reservoir, Windy Hill, White Hill and Linsgreave Head, and the series of Reservoirs, Readycon Dean, Piethorne, & Kitcliffe back to Ogden.
Start Point: Ogden Resevoir car park Grid Reference: SD 952 122
Distance: 9.5 miles Ascent: 1,040 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: Early rain cleared and then rather dull with only brief sunshine
Comments: The walk started across the dam of Ogden Reservoir and up to Tunshill Lane and the Rochdale Way. A steady climb up to the mast at Windy Hills. Then south on the Pennine Way to the trig point at White Hill. Here we deviated to Linsgreave Head where we found a circle of stones with an upright stone in the centre of the circle. This was inscribed with PW and two arrows.  Significance not known. Returning to Pennine Way down to the Huddersfield Road, to pick up the Station to Station Walk back to  Piethorne Valley and Ogden

Yes it's raining . . .

as we preare to leave Ogden Reservoir car park

Walking over Ogden reservoir dam . . .

at the start of the walk

Remnants of a farmhouse abandoned when the resevoir was built

Contouring through the woods towards the Tunshill lane path

The elevenses stop high above the M62 motorway . . .

near Windy Hill

Then it was on to the communications mast near Junction 22 of the M62 (Saddleworth?) . . .

before reaching the border with Yorkshire as we crossed the A672

No doubt where this path is heading!!

White hill trig point

Linsgreave Head

Stone showing Pennine Way and two arrows

On the Pennine way once more

Lunch was taken to the left . . .

and to the right .. on a dilapidated dry stone wall . . .

on the Pennine Way

On the move again towards the A640 . . .

and on down to . . .

Readycon reservoir . . .

which today is a few metres below normal level

Deep valleys cut through the moorland making this area ideal for reservoirs

Onward/upward to reach the A672 once more . . .

with Crook Gate reservoir to the left . . .

and Piethorne Reservoir ahead

Someone spots an orchid growing in the verge as we head back to the cars

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