Newhey 28-03-2018 – Leader Roger P

Newhey 28-03-2018 – Leader Roger P

An excellent turnout of 25 today for Roger’s first walk for us, ready to see if he really was going to show us 10 reservoirs.  Well, depending on what one counts as a reservoir, we saw at least 10, so we were not short-changed there.  We were not short-changed on the weather, either, as you could say that we had at least 3 seasons of weather today, but fortunately with a lot of sunshine to make us forget about the hailstorm at lunchtime!

An absentee today was Roy, whom we heard has had a fall and broken his collarbone.  I spoke to him this evening, and he was in very good spirits, telling me that it is a small fracture that hurts, but is not dramatically bad.  He thanked me for our concern, and said he felt sure that he would be OK to lead on 8 April – tough guy!

From a chilly car park, Roger led us across the Ogden Reservoir dam, with its lovely wrought iron name.  Soon after, we started climbing across the moorland, first north to Tunshill Lane / Rochdale Way, then east to the aptly-named Windy Hills, more or less paralleling the M62 a couple of hundred feet below us.  As you will see from the featured photo, our leader was not too proud to consult the map en-route, so we were confident that we would not get lost!  Coffee was taken in the lee of a wall at Windy Hills, by which time we had climbed over 500 feet, so were thoroughly warm, but this was not to last.

After coffee, we continued to climb, soon turning south on the Pennine Way to reach White Hill, the highest point of the walk at over 1500 feet.  For some reason, yours truly didn’t even clock the trig point here, nor did he see many other interesting things that Rob spotted – and recorded excellently.  (But I did see some of the reservoirs.)  Soon after White Hill, we entered National Trust land at White Hassock, where Rob found a stone marker for the most easterly point of Lancashire – though the boundary on my OS map tell a slightly different story.  Whatever, we continued south to cross Huddersfield Road, still on the Pennine Way, to reach a good viewpoint overlooking the Castleshaw Reservoirs, where we settled down in pleasant weather conditions for our lunch.  Within seconds of taking our seats, we could see bad weather approaching from the west, and in just a few minutes the reservoirs disappeared behind a hailstorm, the temperature dropped by about 10 degrees, and everything turned white!!

After possibly the shortest lunch stop on record, we headed west across Castleshaw Moor, with the weather soon becoming brighter and warmer – a pattern that was to continue, so my coat was on and off like a ……. (fill in the blank yourself).  Soon we crossed the end of Dowry Reservoir and swung up on the Pennine Bridleway to the oddly-named Readycon Dean Reservoir, with some dramatic views down the valley.  After that it was plain sailing west on the Rochdale Way past Piethorne, Kitcliffe, and Ogden Reservoirs back to the cars.  Back marker David H did an excellent job, making sure that no stragglers got lost.  Refreshments were enjoyed in the New Caf Hey, which kindly stayed open specially for us, and served us excellent tea, coffee, cakes, hot cross buns, and cheese & onion pie, all at more than reasonable prices.  So a splendid end to a splendid day, thanks to Roger.

Write up Arnold, pics Rob.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.

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!

3 Comments

  1. Rob Peel

    Good report Arnold – thanks for turning my dross (photos) into gold with your usual alchemy. Thanks Roger for an exhilarating walk!

  2. Roger P

    Thanks to Arnold for the report and Rob for the excellent photos. It was good to see the expertise in adding and removing layers of clothing over short periods of time.

  3. Great walk Roger. Thanks I enjoyed following the map. 🙂

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