Wednesday, 22nd July 2015

Walk: Sheep House Farm, Tippett House, Horrocks Fold, Horrocks Fold Quarries, Horrocks Moor, Whimberry Hill, Dean Mills Reservoir, Smithills Shooting Hut, Winter Hill TV Mast, Two Lads, Holdens Plantation, Burnt Edge, Walker Fold, The 63 Steps.
Start Point: Barrow Bridge car park Grid Reference: SD 687 117
Distance: 8.3 miles Ascent: 1,160 feet
Time: 4.75 hours
Weather: Showery for the first couple of hours and a further heavy shower between the TV mast and Two Lads. Low cloud and mist on the top of Winter Hill. Sunny intervals in the afternoon gave some good views.
Comments:

16 walkers. The path down to Walker Fold from Burnt Edge was heavily overgrown with kneck high nettles. The stile at SD 671 122 was broken and dangerous.

It was a serious business settting off in the rain

The Fylde Ramblers are always an attraction

The first heather of the year

It was still raining when we reached Dean Mills reservoir

We walked round the western rim of the reservoir. Burnt Edge was in the distance

The rain had relented when we lunched near the Smithills Shooting Hut

Under the Winter Hill TV mast

At Two Lads

A short break on Burnt Edge

Descending the miners' 63 steps, heading back to Barrow Bridge

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