Sunday, 4th January 2015

Walk: Hollinshead Hall (Ruin),  Solomon’s Temple, Drinkwaters & Great Hill.
Start Point: Crookfield Road car park Grid Reference: SD 665 191
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 1,100 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: Bright and frosty, some misty patches
Comments: Ten walkers set off on the first walk of the New Year, using the permissive path that cuts out the road walking as we made for the ruins of Hollinshead Hall. The ground was firm and frozen and a bit icy in places as we made our way through the Tockholes Plantations with the River Roddlesworth below us to our left, but descending to a junction of paths and a bridge over the river. Keeping left following the well-defined track until turning left to cross the A675 and onto the moors. Using clear footpaths we circled round the moors, visiting several ruins of the once established farming community that existed before the Reservoirs were built. From Drinkwaters it was up onto Great Hill. Down towards another ruin, Pimms, but following a path around the base of the moors shown on the map as Adam’s Delf. This was quite well-defined but was rough, wet and muddy before suddenly becoming a good hard surfaced track. This took back to the car park.

Start at Crookfied Road car park

Great Hill in the mist

Roddlesworth River

Sunshine and Frost

Coffee break at a convenient rocky outcrop

Looking at Withnell

Rake Brook Reservoir

Brian negotiates a narrow and icy stile

A sole survivor

The shooting butt will do for lunch

Joe's Cup at Drinkwater . . .

and leaving for . . .

Great Hill

All say CHEESE

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