Sunday, 8th February 2015

Walk: Upper Rivington Reservoir, Anglezarke Reservoir, Healy nab, Lead Mine Clough, Yarrow Reservoir
Start Point: Car park near Rivington School Grid Reference: SD 625 143
Distance: 8.1 miles Ascent: 1,500 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: Cold with dense fog all day

Thirteen walkers managed to find their way through the fog to join the leader for this walk. The dense fog persisted throughout the entire walk resulting in no views at all. Despite the fog and the fact that a partial thaw had made some of the sections quite muddy with icy patches still in a few places the group remained cheerful (as ever).

Crossing the road section of the upper Rivington reservoir we made our way down the Southern flank of the reservoir before crossing a road and continuing along the side of Anglezarke reservoir (although the transition was not noticeable due to the fog). We then turned off and made our way to the top of Healy (Chorley) nab where we had a splendid view of....the fog! Descending towards the waterman’s cottage the group paused to pay their respects to a long standing Fylde member (Bob Schmuhle) who unfortunately passed away in january 2011 and whose ashes now rest in the memorial forest above the waterman’s cottage.

After visiting Bob’s memorial we continued past the waterman’s cottage to a path on the northern flank of the reservoir where lunch was taken in the shelter of the woods. Then it was on to Manor farm, Jepson’s gate and lead mine clough before returning to the cars via Yarrow reservoir. A viewless but nevertheless enjoyable day was had by all.

Crossing Upper Rivington Reservoir

Log trap at the reservoir outflow

The group waits for directions

Mud on the way to Healey Nab

The back markers are in for a surprise

The group enjoying the view on the aptly named 'Grey Heights'

Bob's memorial inscription in the memorial forest

The weather has not improved . . .

as we reach Waterman's Cottage . . .

and Lead Mine Clough . . .

where some take advantage of the 'boot wash'

Alliance Bridge . . .

where the water depth is high


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