12th April 2012
Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk....
It's been a mixed day, weatherwise. Rain in the morning, clearer warm afternoon and then heavy shower clouds developed. We missed the worst of the storms but saw a very dark cloud over towards the Ribble Valley.
Start time of 18:20hrs from Barley Car Park. The water level is quite high, reflecting recent rainfall.
Lower Ogden Reservoir
Upper Ogden Reservoir
Boar Clough Route
Boundary Mill, Colne
Clear air and sunshine leads to good views to the east. Here, Boundary Mill stands out and a little further away you might be able to see Spring Garden Mill. Barrowford Reservoir is at the highest point of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and provides water for such.
Pendle Vale School
The bright white building, Pendle Vale School, is one of the BSF projects, championed by the last Labour Government and halted by the coalition. Lucky East Lancs and unlucky elsewheres. All our old schools were rebuilt.
After just over an hour without encountering anyone, I find a group of walkers at the summit. I did not ask them to move on, but I did walk all around them taking photos of the summitscape.
Easter detritus litters the trig column. I'll bring a bag next time and clear things up, if the mess remains.
The Summit Group
Stile and Sunset
The Long Shadow
Time for the walk back to Barley....
Walkers: Just Me
Time taken: 2hrs 5mins over a distance of about 5 miles.
Route: Barley, Ogden Reservoirs, Boar Clough, Pendle Summit, The Steps, over the fields and back to Barley.
Weather and conditions: Sunny and not as cold as last week, when I couldn't stay at the top due to the bitter cold.
Greetings Count: Nobody until the top and then the group who seemed to be waiting for more folk to arrive, otherwise I would have to have timed them out and requested they move along.