Sunday, 20th January 2012


Walk: Whittle Spinney, Denham Hill, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Top Lock Bridge, Croston Farm, Cuerden Valley
Start Point: Home Grid Ref: SD 575 225
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 900 feet
Weather: Dry but dull with snow and ice underfoot Time: 4 hours
Comments: With snowy conditions, and no group walk planned, Phil and I decided on a local walk to Denham Hill and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Where the snow was compacted it was quite slippery but these sections could be easily bypassed. There was a cold wind in exposed areas but on the whole it was a pleasant day. The wintery scene can be compared with the same walk on a sunny day on 2nd December 2012.

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Pleasant walking in this field


Denham Hill quarry


and in December


Taken from . . .


another couple . . .


of angles


Looking over Denham Hall towards Winter Hill


Another vantage point . . .


reveals snow sitting on the protruding branches


Kath at the trig point


Approaching the canal . . .


where photos were taken from the same spot . . .


in December


when this view of the trees . . .


looked quite different


Three sheep huddle by the wall (the horn of the third sheep can just be seen)


Much of the canal is completely frozen . . .


with some unfrozen sections near the lock gates at Top Lock

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