Sunday, 24th February 2019

Walk: Spring Side, Height Side Farm, Bottomley Bank Farm, Meadow Head, Compton’s Cross, Lumb, Whitewell Bottom, Top o’ th’ Height, Seat Naze, Higher Cloughfold, including stretches of the Rawtenstall Way, the Pennine Bridle Way and the Rossendale Round the Hills Walk.
Start Point: Marl Pits Leisure Centre, Rawtenstall Grid Reference: SD 820 230 
Distance: 9.25 miles Ascent: 1,250 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: Dry, sunny and unseasonably warm. Misty in the distance so no views beyond 4/5 miles.

12 walkers started although we lost our backmarker to Sciatica in Crawshawbooth. Despite the mist in the distance, great 360 degree views taking in Cribden, Holcombe, The Hile, Scout Moor and particularly Clowbridge Reservoir from Meadow Head.

Leaving Marl Pits

View across to Cribden

Top of an Inclined Plane that took coal down to mills in the valley bottom at Crawshawbooth

Climbing up to Meadow Head

Looking down to Clowbridge from Meadow Head

Compton's Cross was rebuilt in 1902 on the old Rochdale to Clitheroe Packhorse trail

Perfect spot for lunch

Frank was inspecting the water gathering channel, as you do

On the Pennine Bridle Way near Water

Ridge and Furrow evidence that this area near Water was farmed during the Middle Ages

Crossing the Whitewell Brook at Lumb

A message about shared use

A rare patch of water and mud on a dry day

Final climb of the day out of Whitewell Bottom

Stile near Top o' th' Height

Catkins above Scout

Newchurch in Rossendale with Coupe and Scout Moor in the misty background

Descending through woods from Seat Naze to Higher Cloughfold

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