Belmont 15-02-2017 – Leader Judy

Belmont 15-02-2017 – Leader Judy

23 arrived for the walk including Jean, whom it was especially nice to see back in our midst, plus Linda’s friend Gill, walking with us for the first time.  We started on the Witton Weavers Way, heading in a south easterly direction, cutting down to Belmont Reservoir via Higher and Lower Pasture Houses.  We then went through Ward’s Cote and along Hoar Stones Brow, where we observed evidence of old coal mining shafts.  Coffee was taken on a bank overlooking the valley to Belmont.

The long, fairly gentle climb then began along the spectacular Spitler’s Edge and Redmond’s Edge, with Bromily Pastures and Anglezarke Moor either side, although the views were disappointingly hazy.  Other walking groups were encountered going in the opposite direction, and pleasantries exchanged.  These paths have been much improved by the relocation of huge slab stones from derelict local mills – quite a feat,I given the weight of them and the remote location.  As we progressed, our target – Great Hill – was clearly visible ahead, and lunch was taken at the top, although the cold wind ensured we did not linger.

The descent was via Pimms and Piccadilly before passing the ruin of Hollinshead Hall.  We climbed towards Cartridge Hill, with the Jubilee Tower on Darwen Hill in sight, and the route we had come became visible behind us through the haze.  We circumnavigated the highest point before rejoining the Witton Weavers Way for the descent back to the car park.  Although the weather looked like closing in, we were lucky,  and the walk was completed before the rain fell.

Tea and cakes were taken at Vaughn’s Country Cafe in Tockholes, and we’re grateful they agreed to remain open later than usual to accommodate us.

Distance 10.05 miles Total ascent 1748 ft / 533 m

(Write up and pics – Judy)

Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.

1 Comment

  1. A star is born! Cracking pics and write up, Judy. Well done for putting it all on the web yourself. Well done to Jean, also. Hope to see you all on Sunday.

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