Last Drop 21-02-2018 – Leader Rob

Last Drop 21-02-2018 – Leader Rob

Rob has either made a pact with the devil, or has made some sacrifices – possibly human – to appease the weather gods, as today was a perfect day for walking: cool and breezy early on, then becoming warmer and brighter through the afternoon, feeling very much like spring.  Considering how many of our regulars are away, the turnout of 22 was excellent, including Liz & Alex for their second walk with us.  Setting off from the very picturesque – though man-made – Last Drop Village, young Rob led us northwest past Turton Golf Club towards Egerton and then up onto moorland, with extensive views all around from this vantage point at over 1000 feet – the highest point of the walk.  (Throughout the walk, the rocket like aerials of Winter Hill TV Station were almost always in view.)  We then dropped down to the shore of Turton & Entwistle Reservoir, where we took our first break in unaccustomed comfort.

Break over, we headed west along the shore of the reservoir, before climbing onto Turton Moor, past the intriguingly-named Rabbit Warren, though I didn’t see any today.  Carefully picking our way across this somewhat soggy access area, we stopped for lunch just after crossing Holden’s Brook – step forward, Susan!  After the break, we encountered some pretty serious mud as we crossed over to Broad Hill.  As I was sinking, I consoled myself by remembering Maria’s comment after my comparatively dry walk on Sunday: “no mud, no lotus”.  It turns out that in Buddhist symbolism the lotus is symbolic of purity of the body, speech, and mind, as while rooted in the mud, its flowers blossom on long stalks as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire.  I certainly wanted to be floating above these particular muddy waters!!

Anyway, we headed back towards the Last Drop via Longworth Clough, with lots of babbling brooks around, and continued eastward past Dunscar Golf Club, looking splendid in the beautiful sunshine.  The final stretch went through Dunscar Fold, containing some extremely desirable properties.  Throughout the walk, Ann acted as back marker, and ensured that nobody got left behind, even though we were quite spread out at times.  Equally, David C did an excellent job behind the camera, for which I am very grateful.  Refreshments were taken in the Drop Inn, to end an excellent day, thanks to Rob.

Write up Arnold, pics David C.  Appended here are the route stats and profile – rather longer than advertised, I’m sorry.

If you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.

There is a link to the slideshow here.  You will need to click within the black page that opens up to see the show – but at least it is full screen!


  1. Thanks Arnold for a great write up – superb pics too!
    Apologies for over length – I did not give Arnold a distance.

  2. Great walk. Thanks Rob 🙂

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