|Start Point:||Hurstwood||Grid Reference:||SD 882 312|
|Distance:||12 miles||Ascent:||2,400 feet|
|Weather:||Cold but fine with great views|
Robb and I set off from the car park up to Hurstwood Reservoir where we joined the Pennine Bridleway. Surprisingly the reservoir is still very low, as were all the others we passed on the walk.
We soon reached Thursden where there was a steep climb up through the woods. It was here where we joined the Bronte Way which we followed round past Upper Colwell Reservoir to the back of Lad Law where we stopped at a ford for our 11s.
From here we climbed steeply up to Abbot Stones then on to the trig point of Lad Law on Boulsworth Hill. Today there were supper views across the moors and over to Dove Stones.
We dropped down off the south side of Lad Law and headed out of the valley to join the Burnley Way which we followed past Widdop Reservoir up to the Gorple Gate track. We stopped just before the track for lunch, sitting on a ruined wall looking out across the almost dry Widdop Reservoir reflecting on the last time we had tried to get here, on one of Ray’s walks, in early January when the road was so icy access was not possible.After lunch we marched on past Gorple and up to Hare Stones and then we dropped down to pass Cant Clough reservoir on our way back to the car
Leaving Hurstwood reservoir behind we follow the Pennine Bridleway
Looking across the old workings to Swinden Reservoir
We pass an old ruin on the Bronte Way
Robb at Lad Law trig point
Our lunch stop view across Widdop Reservoir
Widdop reservoir water level is extremely low
The view from Gorple Gate track down to Gorple Upper Reservoir