Cowpe 18-06-2017 – Leader Carol

Cowpe 18-06-2017 – Leader Carol

Carol’s promise of a visit to the Kimberley Club today attracted the attention of a number of locals who had never managed to get inside the doors.  So Rachel, Megan, Chris, Alan, Graham, and 9 year old Ollie (short for oleander) joined 6 Rossy Ramblers today.  Carol had warned us of a steep start, and so it proved, as we headed straight up towards Cowpe Lowe, climbing around 650 feet in the first mile.  However, we did take it slowly in the very hot sun, with frequent stops for air, water, and to admire the stunning views back across Rossendale Valley.  Once on the edge of Cowpe Lowe, we were on the Rossendale Way, which we followed south to Black Hill and Pike Hill – along the bed of the old quarry tramway – to reach Cragg Quarry, of mountain biking fame.  Here we were overlooking Cowpe Reservoir and the hills beyond, so it was the perfect place to stop for a drink and a snack.

Then we continued on the Rossendale Way for a little while, before dropping northward from our elevation of over 1400 feet to the end of Rooley Moor Road, or the Cotton Famine Road, as it is sometimes called.  This took us very pleasantly down to Rake Head and the aforementioned Kimberley Club.  Jim, one of the key holders, very kindly opened up for us and served us a very refreshing Timmy Taylor’s tipple – just the job for Fathers’ Day.  He told us that the original wooden quarrymens’ hut had become too fragile, so was now surrounded by a stone building, though the inside has been preserved as was, complete with gas lamp.  The photographs around the walls certainly intrigued our local colleagues, so the visit proved to be every bit as delightful as Carol had hoped – so well done.  From the club it was a short walk across the fields and through the village back to our cars, to end a wonderful day.  Some retired to the nearby Lodge Café for refreshments.

(Pics & write up Arnold.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.)

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

1 Comment

  1. Arnold

    Rachel commented on Facebook: “Thank you for letting us join you, we had a really lovely time. We’re looking forward to rambling with you again :)”

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