Sunday, 15th January 2017

Walk: Hurstwood, Foxstone Bridge, Middle Pasture, Cant Clough Reservoir, Hazel Edge, Gorple Road, Clough Head Stones, Extwistle Moor, Ben Edge, Hurstwood Reservoir, using parts of the Pennine Bridleway and the Mary Townley Loop as well as the Burnley Way.
Start Point: Hurstwood Car Park Grid Reference: SD 882 312
Distance: 9.5 miles Ascent: 1,260 feet
Time: 5.25 hours
Weather: Not as wet as forecast. Occasional light showers before lunch. However low cloud and fog persisted throughout the walk, as a result visibility was rarely more than 50 yards.

15 walkers enjoyed a stile-free walk. There had been snow a couple of nights earlier and rain on Saturday night and consequently an awful lot of water pouring down everywhere. The path across the western end of Widdop Reservoir was a stream in many places. Most of the walk was on wide tracks, but in several places large and deep pools had formed and had to be avoided. With the limited visibility it was a poor day for photography.

Striding out on the Gorple Road

The Gorple Road was a packhorse route between Lancashire and Yorkshire

Coming through the murk

Border Gate. This is where we crossed into Yorkshire

Lunch at Clough Head Stones

The best view of the day. This was a very brief glimpse of Widdop Reservoir

On the reccie heading for Cants Clough Reservoir

Cants Clough Reservoir

Starting up Hazel Edge on the reccie

Clough Head Stones

A choice of paths on the reccie near Clough Head Stones

Looking back at Widdop Reservoir on the reccie

Approaching Hurstwood Reservoir on the reccie

The reccie and walk finished with a track through woods

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