Wednesday, 12th May 2010


Walk: Rake Brook Reservoir Woods, Higher Hill Farm, Tockholes, Sunnyhurst Wood, Roddlesworth
Start Point: Roadside near Rake Brook Reservoir Grid Ref: SD 646 219
Distance: 5 miles Ascent: 950 feet
Weather: A dull but dry day
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: Parking on the Bolton Road on the edge of Abbey Village, I spotted a path not marked on the map and decided to investigate. This led me through the woodland to the bridge at the intake to Rake Brook Reservoir. Crossing the embankment I headed through the woods to the north of Roddlesworth reservoir then headed up to Higher Hill Farm. After reaching Tockholes I took the path past Golden Soney Farm and to the golf course. The path through the golf course was a little unclear but I finally made my way down to Sunnyhurst Wood visitor centre - which was closed! A pleasant stroll through the woods took me past an embankment covered with bluebells, and on to Earnsdale Reservoir. The track then led to the road and Tockholes Plantation. Rounding the western end of the reservoir I made my way back past the reservoirs and through the woodland alongside Rake Brook Reservoir. A pleasant morning's walk, and home in time for lunch!


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The sun highlights Roddlesworth Reservoir and Jubilee Tower can just be seen on the horizon


An old house with an unusual feature, a Guarderobe


Jubilee Tower seen across the golf course


Blooming beautifully


Twin bridges at one end of the lake . . .


and a single bridge at the other end


Bluebells are still in flower . . .


along the side of the path . . .


but for how long?


Who pulled the plug on Earnsdale Reservoir?


Heading back through the woods near Rake Brook Reservoir

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