Sunday, 16th November 2014

Walk: Spring Wood, Whalley Nab, Dean Clough reservoir, Cliffe (Great Harwood), Cock wood, Read Hall , Read Old Bridge
Start Point: Spring Wood car park Grid Reference: SD 714 360
Distance: 8.4 miles Ascent: 1,077 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: Mild and cloudy with hazy sunshine in the afternoon

23 walkers took part in the walk today starting from the car park at Spring Wood. Crossing the main Accrington road we made our way down the B6246 towards Whalley turning off on a path to the left to reach the river Calder. Here, a small hydro-electric scheme has been installed by the weir to provide local electricity.

Crossing the Calder by road bridge we then made our way up Whalley Nab before turning onto Moor Road and eventually reaching the wood at Black Hill. Leaving the road and continuing down through the wood we eventually came out onto open moorland before reaching Dean Clough Reservoir. Circumnavigating the first reservoir by means of the permissive path across the dividing dam we continued to Great Harwood. Here lunch was taken (in comfort) in a small park which provided plenty of bench seats and picnic tables (top marks to John the leader for that).

Lunch over we made our way across field to eventually join the Accrington road again. Then it was down to Cock Bridge across the River Calder once more before turning right along the edge of Cock Wood to reach Read Hall. Here a left turn took us across fields to Read Old Bridge where we crossed Sabden Brook before turning left again onto a path through fields which took us back to the road at Portfields and eventually to the car park. Once back at the car park some of the participants enjoyed a welcome ice cream.

A small group gathers on the upper car park . . .

but later joins a larger group on the lower car park . . .

before we head off towards Whalley and the River Calder

Attached to the weir on the other side is a small building . . .

which houses a hydro electric generator

We form an orderly queue . . .

as we climb onto Whalley Nab . . .

from where we get a good view of the magnificent viaduct

Heading up the road

Different types of fungi can be found in the hedgerows

The scenery changes once more as we enter a wood . . .

and walk through to the other side . . .

Where gorse can still be found flowering in the sheltered spots

Soon we reach Dean Clough Reservoir . . .

which is actually 2 separate reservoirs

The advanced party waits by the spillway . . .

as the rest of the party catches up

The 'top' reservoir

Crossing the dam between the two reservoirs

We eventually reach Great Harwood and take lunch in the park at Cliffe . . .

before continuing on our way . . .

with good views of Pendle Hill

Passing the war memorial where there was evidence of recent remembrance services

The Donkeys are curious as we pass by

The Autumn colours still prevail as we approach Read Hall

This friendly horse came over and was rewarded with a polo mint or two

As we neared the car park Jim spotted this advice for short sighted motorists!!

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