Sunday, 2nd October 2016

Walk: Dovestones , Yeoman Hey & Greenfield Reservoirs, Birchen Clough, The Trinnacle, Raven Stones Brow ,Chew Reservoir and Alphin Pike
Start Point: CP Dovestones Reservoir Grid Reference: SE 013 034
Distance: 13 miles Ascent: 1,900 feet
Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: Dry and cool at first becoming bright and sunny

Eight walkers were out today, including the leader. A fine was day forecast for the first weekend in October. Our walk commenced from the car park at Dovestones Reservoir set at the edge of Saddleworth Moor in the northern section of Peak District National Park. Following the path around the three reservoirs, which were built in the late 1800, we head up to Birchen Clough, a steep sided watercourse from the moors above. Fortunately the water level was low and we were able to cross without difficultly. We then scrambled up the narrow path to a suitable crossing place to make our ascent to the path above which opened up spectacular views over the reservoirs below and into the distance the city of Manchester. The good dry paths let us make good pace across Dove Stone Moss and down to Chew Reservoir where we had a short lunch stop. Our route continued along the edge of Wimberry Moss high above the southern end of Dovestones on to the trig point on Alphin Pike. From here we made our descent and route back via the Oldham Way.

Today's happy band

Dovestone Reservoir

Passing by Yeoman Hey Reservoir

Birchen Clough . . .

where we follow a narrow path . . .

passing some waterfalls . . .

and take care on slippery rocks before . . .

making our way back across the beck

The Trinnacle

An impressive layered rock

Kath rushes past

On Fox Stone cairn

Yacht racing way down below

Bramley's Cot . . .

a des res that needs a bit of work

Les shows the way

Heading off to Alphin Pike . . .

exploring a large rocky plateau on the way

Upmarket stile!

Alphin Pike

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