Wednesday, 10th March 2010

 

Walk: Clough Head car park, Haslingden Grane, Hog Lowe Pike, Causeway End, Holden Wood Reservoir, Holden Hall, Rossendale Way
Start Point: Clough Head car park Grid Ref: SD 751 231
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 1,350 feet
Weather: A dry day with frequent sunny spells
Accompanied by:

Sheila

Comments: Leaving on the path from the back of the car park we climbed up to meet the Rossendale Way, contouring below Nab Hill. We them dropped back to the main road and followed the Way to Calf Hey Reservoir. From here we took a path up the hillside to Hog Lowe Pike, a great vantage point with 360 views. From here we headed across to Causeway End and rejoined the Rossendale Way for a short time before leaving it to walk across the embankment of Holden Wood Reservoir. After crossing the Grane Road we made our way past Holden Hall and climbed up to rejoin the Rossendale Way yet again. Reaching a large quarry it seemed that the footpath had been changed to make way for quarry workings. Evidently this quarry had provided much prized for pavements including those in Trafalgar Square. (The streets of London are paved with ...... Haslingden Stone) From here it was a short walk back to the car park.

 

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Calf Hey Reservoir below Musbury Heights

 

Looking across Ogden Reservoir to Haslingden

 

The woodland provides a sheltered spot for elevenses - and reveals a path where we could have taken a shorter route

 

Across Calf Hey Reservoir to Haslingden Moor

 

Hog Lowe Pike . . .

 

where there are great views in all directions

 

Causeway End - in need of a little TLC

 

Helmshore and Haslingden merge into one mass of buildings

 

A BIG hole . . .

 

with a BIG cairn . . .

 

as we make our way through the mine workings . . .

 

and spot the chimney marked on the OS map

 

Another view of Ogden Reservoir . . .

 

but Holden Wood Reservoir . . .

 

is somewhat short on water

 

A sign shows the way, past the end of Deep Clough

 

Haslingden Reservoir - the OS map shows the footpath going through the middle of the reservoir!

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