Sunday, 22nd February 2015

Walk: Todmorden to Brown Wardle Hill
Start Point: Salford Way, Todmorden Grid Reference: SD 934 239
Distance: 12.5 miles Ascent: 2,500 feet
Time: 6 hours
Weather: Heavy snow storm

All six of us had heard the weather forecast so we knew this wasn’t going to be the best of days, but as we climbed out of Todmorden to cross Inchfield Pasture none of us envisaged how bad the weather conditions would become later in the day.

We followed the Long Causeway up onto the tops where we stopped to weigh up our options. With poorer weather on its way should we push on to Brown Wardle Hill, which was still two miles away, or should we cut the walk short and head for Trough Edge End? We decided to push on, but by the time we reached the summit of Brown Wardle Hill the weather had turned. Snow was now coming down heavily and with the high winds it became almost impossible to see with visibility down to a few meters.

There was no way we were going to be able to complete the planned route now so we quickly skirted the disused quarries and used the new wind farm construction road, which now cuts right across the tops, as an escape route down to Walsden. From here we followed the Rochdale canal back to Todmorden.

(This is a typical example of the damage that is caused by installing windfarms. Once there was nothing here but wild moorland: now there is a construction road cutting right across the moorland ridge which will become a permanent network of roads providing access for wind turbine maintenance.)

Pat, Ian, Les, Jenny and Robb all raring to go as we set off on our climb out of Todmorden

Looking up the valley we were intending to come down

Stoodley Pike monument in the distance

Looking down onto the old Ramsden Clough Reservoir pump house which has now been converted into a very nice property

With no sign of rain yet we decide to push on to Brown Wardle Hill in the distance

We finally reach the top of Brown Wardle Hill and has the weather changed!

We follow the canal back to Todmorden

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