Wednesday, 27th February 2019

Walk: Dean Lane, Back o Bowley, Shawcliff Lane, Sunny Bank, Dean Clough Reservoirs
Start Point: Dog & Otter, Gt Harwood Grid Reference: SD 730 330 
Distance: 5 miles Ascent: 550 feet
Time: 2.75 hours
Weather: Warm with wall to wall sunshine, but with a hint of a chilly breeze

Today’s suave and sophisticated leader (his words) led twenty-two people on a circular walk in the vicinity of Dean Brook north of Great Harwood.  The route was by way of tracks, lanes and field paths and included a couple of steepish inclines. Its normally a scenic walk, but today a light haze hid some of the distant hills.  Although it is still February, the rare climatic conditions allowed people to walk in short sleeve order.  A woodpecker and other song birds could be heard from time to time along the route.  A further eight persons took a leisurely stroll of just over three miles around Dean Clough Reservoir.  A well-earned lunch was taken at the Dog & Otter.

Leaving the Dog and Otter

Early blossom

Dean Lane

Back o Bowley

Dean Wood

An incline up to Shawcliff Lane

Is it the leader or driver asking for directions?

Taking a break on Sunny Bank

Some of the terrain at Sunny Bank

A meandering path emerging from a plethora of Gorse bushes

On the way to Dean Clough Reservoir

Not far to go to reach Dean Clough

Another group at Dean Clough

The suave sophisticated leaders group . . .

and the same again with Dean Clough Reservoir behind

Crossing between the two reservoirs

These are not those “beside the Lake beneath the trees fluttering and dancing in the breeze”

Returning to the . . .

Dog & Otter

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