Sunday, 13th August 2017

Walk: The Warpers Trail (part of the Witton Weavers’ Way): Clough House Farm, Turton Tower, Jumbles Reservoir, Turton Bottoms, The Barlow Institute in Edgworth, Wayoh Reservoir, Entwistle, Edge Fold, Entwistle Reservoir.
Start Point: Batridge Barn CP Grid Reference: SD 721 172
Distance: 9.2 miles Ascent: 1,100 feet
Time: 5.7 hours
Weather: Fine, dry with sunny intervals. Excellent visibility
Comments: This is a generally well waymarked walk. The only problematical point is on the descent to Entwistle Reservoir at SD 711 178 where the path is indistinct. The consensus was that that we had never seen so much Himalayan Balsam, particularly by Wayoh Reservoir. It is a non-native, invasive plant that smothers other vegetation and was generally over 6 feet high,

This was our walk on part of the Witton Weavers Way

On the decorated railway bridge near Turton Tower

Turton Tower was originally a 15th century pele tower,
later a Hall and more recently a Victorian country house

Coffee break at Turton Tower

One of several intimidating masks on the wall of Turton Tower

Investigating a fig tree in the community orchard in Turton Bottoms

This WW11 pillbox was used by the homeguard to protect access to the local mills and reservoirs

The assistant photographer has a weakness for these wonderful signposts

The isolated chimney above Quarlton Vale is almost all that remains of extensive bleaching and printing works

We stopped on a bridge over the stream in Quarlton Vale

Outside the splendid Barlow Instiute in Edgworth

An unusual name for a row of cottages in Edgworth

Climbing along the side of Wayoh Reservoir

The model planes had their own airfield on top of the moors

Looking over the moor with Holcombe Moor in the distance

Starting to descend to Entwistle Reservoir

On the bridge at the bottom of Yarnsdale, surely Lancashire's shortest dale

Late arrival for group photo

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