Wednesday, 3rd October 2018

Walk: Windy Harbour Farm, Jamestone Quarry, Clough Head Quarry Café, Rothwell Fold, Calf Hey Reservoir, Ogden Reservoir and Holden Wood Reservoir
Start Point: Holden Arms, Grane Road, Haslingden Grid Reference: SD 776 226
Distance: 5.3 miles Ascent: 850 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Rain then sun then damp with a light breeze (Mist on Grane Road prior to the walk)

The walk took place in the Rossendale Valley in East Lancashire.  It started by ascending a steep gradient and then levelling out above Jamestone Quarry on the West Pennine Way/Rossendale Way, before descending to Clough Head Quarry Café.  Prior to the Café a group from Sandbach, Cheshire stopped for a chat.  They said that they didn’t have a visa to enter Lancashire but asked where could they obtain a book of Lancashire Dialect.  Crossing Grane Road the route then crossed the dam of Calf Hey Reservoir to rise approximately a hundred feet to re-join the Rossendale Way going East.  After an elevated walk above Ogden Reservoir the path descended to the level of Holden Wood Reservoir.  From there it was a short walk to the Holden Arms for lunch.  Twenty-three persons took part in the main walk with a further five doing a shorter and easier route.  Although there was a little rain at the start the sun managed to make an appearance before it clouded over again.

Bob the Leader

Welcome to Grane

On the ascent to Windy Harbour Farm

Ogden Reservoir seen from above Jamestone Quarry

It's heads down as they head up the hill

Crossing a small stream on the West Pennine Way

The large group descending the hill are from Sandbach, Cheshire

Both on the same marker post, West Pennine Way . . .

and Rossendale Way

An example of the terrain

A gentle ascent

Jamestone Quarry

Refreshments at Clough Head Quarry Café

Ogden Reservoir

The last steep ascent of the walk

On the Rossendale Way heading east

A ruinous building above Ogden Reservoir

On the south side of Ogden Reservoir on the Rossendale Way

Entering a very short tunnel on the Rossendale Way

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