Sunday, 8th April 2012
||Hurstwood, Cant Clough
Reservoir, Gorple Gate, Widdup Reservoir, Gorple Lower Reservoir,
Height, Sheddon Clough
||Hurstwood car park
||SD 882 312
||Misty in the morning and wet in
||It was disappointing to see mist around as I
arrived at the car park but hoped that it would clear during the day. A
pleasant path took me through the woods and on to Cant Clough Reservoir.
The route ascended gradually to the Pennine Bridleway/Burnley Way. A
light detour allowed me to take a closer look at the Gorple Stones but
as the mist closed in the views were limited. Heading down to Widdup
Reservoir there were a number of interesting rock formations, some
marked on the map. A short road walk took me on to Gorple Lower
Reservoir and from here I detoured via Standing Stone Hill but decided
it wasn't worth the effort, the trig point being set too low for any
views (even if it hadn't been misty).
I then headed across to an Ancient Monument known as Reap's Cross:
This tall thin cross was erected in the 1400s as a way-marker or
marker stone for pilgrims and others traversing the high Pennine moors.
It is 15 feet high and stands in a rectangular, socketed base stone. The
long thin rectangular shaft has chamfered edges to it which tapers away
towards the top where there is a notch at either side that once formed a
cross-head. But the cross has suffered from damage and when it was
broken in two it only stood some 5 feet high, but in 2002 it was
restored and re-erected by a team of local people including Mr Graham
Walker and Mr Patrick Savage. And what an excellent job they have done
with a new section put in place and a steel rod inserted to strengthen
the monument. They adhered to the requirements of English Heritage due
to the fact that the cross is an ancient monument and grade 2 listed. A
plaque on the cross records that it was re-erected in 2002.
Following an initially clear path I navigated across Heptonstall Moor
to Hoof Stones Height and on to Sheddon Clough. No time was wasted for
this section due to the rain and mist. Passing the Limestone Hushings I
continued on the Burney Way back to the car park at Hurstwood.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
Cant Clough Reservoir
The snow is still lingering on the Pennine bridleway
On top of the Gorple Stones
Gorple Upper Reservoir
An unnamed rocky outcrop . . .
on Shuttleworth Moor
Rocks above Widdop Reservoir . . .
and at Cludders Slack
Standing Stone Hill
The central section of the cross was replaced . . .
when it was repaired in 2002 . . .
but the cross pieces are still missing
Hoof Stones Height
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