|Walk:||Rochdale Canal, Pennine Way, Blackstone Edge, Windy Hill, Hollingworth Lake|
|Start Point:||Hollingworth Lake||Grid Ref:||SD 940 153|
|Distance:||14 miles||Ascent:||2,250 feet|
|Weather:||A cloudy but dry day with a cold breeze|
9 members of the group, led by Ray
|Comments:||The roads were finally clear of snow as we travelled East but, as we were to find out, the footpaths were a different matter. As we walked along the VERY icy towpath beside the Rochdale Canal (for nearly 4 miles!) I was really pleased that I had taken delivery of 'Get a Grip' traction aids the day before. These were invaluable in the icy conditions - I think the rest of the group will be looking for some too! Leaving the canal we headed up to the Pennine Way where we encountered more ice and lots of snow - sometimes a foot or so deep. After crossing the A58 Halifax Road conditions underfoot were still difficult as we climbed to Blackstone Edge and Robin Hood's Bed, where we stopped for lunch. Before long the sound of traffic heralded the crossing of the M62 and the 'parting of ways' with the Pennine Way. Continuing along the Rochdale Way we eventually crossed back under the M62 and made our way back to the cars - a strenuous but enjoyable walk.|
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Not much snow here . . .
but beside the Rochdale Canal . . .
the towpath is very icy
The surface is completely iced over . . .
but the water is still flowing
The highest point on the . . .
Time for a tea break . . .
before heading up to Warland Reservoir
Glad we don't need to cross the footbridge
The rock formations at Light Hazzles Edge . . .
stand out in marked contrast . . .
to the surrounding snow drifts
Bridge to nowhere . . .
but I'll try it out anyway
Castle Drain leads from . . .
Blackstone Edge Reservoir
Phil tries to make a detour at The White House
Is this a precursor . . .
of our waymarkers?
Blackstone Edge . . .
where we stop . . .
to eat lunch
Heading for the M62 . . .
where a BIG footbridge . . .
takes us safely to the opposite side . . .
where we find more snow drifts
Yes, that's Hollingworth Lake - where the walk started
The sun highlights the patterns in the snow . . .
and enhances the snowdrifts . . .
along our way
Nearly back - this time heading under the M62