MTL Holme Chapel to Hurstwood 14th May 2017

The last section. Very glad to have Babs with me to finish it off. After a bit of confusion on my part at the Ram Inn and giving the man who was minding the pub car park a good laugh, we set off. The morning’s hail storm was a memory and my wet clothes soon dried off in the heat of the sun.

The route takes you to the Long Causeway via lots of lime hushings which are the hillocks caused by all the flushing of the stone they had to do. There were once 50 kilns in this area but now dismantled and turned into walls.

Then it’s across to Cant Clough reservoir and a short hop to Hurstwood reservoir and Babs’s car. Back to the Ram where we had a drink which I had promised the publican we would do!

Now it’s over. The route is only 47 miles and tough cyclists do it in a day. I’ve walked nearly twice the miles. Babs and I did the 2 car thing twice. I did a short and not very nice section by bike. I walked in all weathers. So what’s next? I’m probably going to walk the full Calderdale Way because Carol and I never actually finished it when we did it about 12 years ago.

The last few sections from Lumb were top notch and I feel sure Chris would have loved it too. Here’s to you my darling love.

Babs
Babs says I have an invisible dog on a lead!,
Hurstwood reservoir
Huge area of hushings
Oh my, so camp!
Stuart and Cath’s seat
More hushings
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MTL Deerplay to Holme Chapel 13th May 2017

This was a back to front chunk. I parked in the Ram Inn at Holme Chapel. Once under the railway line the way goes past a couple of farms, one with far too many dogs, thankfully all chained up. One was massive and scary. A train passed by. Then up quite a steep hill to Mary Towneley’s stone. Up a bit more to another farm and then along past lots of sheep and lambs including some black ones that looked like Gnasher the dog, scrawny with spindly legs.

Turned back at Deerplay for the clockwise experience. There were young cows out near the railway but they ran away from me! A train went past. And then I was back at the pub. Just a couple of hours.

Pendle Hill
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MTL Lumb to Deerplay 7th May 2017

Fabulous day. Warm at last. Out with Babs. We started off with a visit to Babs’s sister who lives near Lumb.

From Lumb it’s a lovely section of the Loop through rolling hills. And at last some horses on the bridleway! It had seemed as if I was going to walk the entire Mary Towneley Loop without seeing a horse on it. And today we were rewarded with a bunch of 4 and then a man and boy with the horse pulling them in a slo mo version of a quad bike.

We had a bite to eat at Deerplay (great name) no deer in sight and then returned by the same route.

Clough Bottom reservoir
First horses actually on the Pennine Bridleway
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MTL Waterfoot to Lumb 6th May 2017

Back on foot for this little section. Still very chilly in the dry east wind. The first part is through a built up area. But soon out onto the hills with the sheep.

It took an hour to walk to Lumb and then I turned round and went back. I knew Carol’s dad was from Rossendale but hadn’t realised he was from Lumb. Will see a bit more on the next stretch.

Real leopard
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MTL Summit to Watergrove Reservoir¬†26th March 2017

Snatched a few hours whilst C dialysing at LGI. I parked up by the Summit pub and rejoined the Mary Towneley Loop. Heading west now. Very pleasant route contouring through the hills in the warm sun. Down to my t shirt!

Felt a bit stressed and tense because of all the anxiety at work and my legs are sore now even though only a 5 mile walk.

All the dogs I met barked at me. Why? And why don’t their owners sort them out and why don’t they apologise?

Got to the reservoir, had a drink, no not direct! Set off back. A man on a motorbike was clearly hoping I would hold a gate open for him. I pointed to the No Motor Vehicles sign and told him he had no right of way and shut the gate on him. He came through so I hopped off the path so as not to be run over. I suppose I did what I needed to do and he was happy breaking the law on his unregistered bike. He tore off up onto the moor making a big racket and scaring the sheep. What a tosser.

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MTL Mankinholes to Summit 11 and 12/03/17

I pretty much did this all back to front because didn’t have lots of time.

Sunday 12th March – Foot of Stoodley Pike to Mankinholes

Finished off this section that I’d not done the week before.

Sunday 12th March – Mankinholes to Bottomley

I got up and out early. Gorgeous Spring day, warm and sunny. Parked in Mankinholes. Walked down through the Top Brink pub car park where Carol and I went for our first meal out together in months on Friday (mine was great, hers wasn’t). Then a couple of km along the busy busy single track road to the Shepherds Rest pub and up across the hill contouring round. It’s not a featureless moorland section and most enjoyable for that! Got to Bottomley, turned round and went back the same way.

Saturday 11th March – Bottomley to Summit

I parked at Bottomley by the football pitch and walked the short steep bit to Summit. Good views along the valley. Walked back along the grubby main road.

Every UK pylon is getting a refurb. Some of these are hard to reach.
Towards Walsden.

 

The Pike

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MTL Callis Bridge to Mankinholes 05/03/17

It was so very wet. Carol told me I would feel better if I went out but it didn’t work out that way. It’s not a long stretch at all and I wore all the gear but just got fed up with being out on my own on soggy paths, one bit was like walking down a river.

I did most of the section I’d planned but stopped slightly short of Mankinholes where there’s a bench at the foot of Stoodley Pike.

On the return run, I used the Pennine Way not the Pennine Bridleway and that was better underfoot.

Last time here Chris and I had a picnic, on a bike ride.
Good old Stoodley Pike
This is London Road, it doesn’t go there.
They were listening to a play on the radio!! Yes, really!
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MTL Jack Bridge to Callis Bridge 19/02/17

This short stretch packs a punch of height gain, 315m in just over 3km. I walked down to Callis Bridge and back from the New Delight, taking some delight in parking in their car park. It started off dry and then got gradually more drizzly and there was thick fog on the tops on the way home.

Stoodley Pike in the gloom
Stoodley Pike in the gloom

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MTL Widdop to Jack Bridge 04 and 05/02/17

Widdop to Jack Bridge

A) Sat 4th Feb 2017, Widdop to Gorple

Felt very tired so only walked from Widdop to Gorple reservoir and back round. I didn’t have enough light to go further plus I’d arranged to do the rest with Babs the next day. Chris and I have walked and cycled here many times. Back to weeping all the time.

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Cludders Stack

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Gorple reservoir

B) Sun 5th Feb 2017, Gorple to Jack Bridge

We set off from the Pack Horse pub and walked to the New Delight pub and back. The New Delight name always makes me think of the Pure Drop pub in Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

This is a lovely stretch of the walk, we climbed up to 380m which is quite high for this part of the world. Just as we got sight of the New Delight and started thinking about grub, the Mary Towneley Way whisked us away from it and took us a roundabout way to reach it. The pub itself was a bit of a let down and we had to wait ages for a bowl of soup and when it came it was disappointing, plus the staff were borderline rude. So no Delight to be had, won’t be going there again.

We returned via a quicker route. We didn’t get much sun as the day before but at least it didn’t rain on us. 8.4 miles, 13.5km.

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Gorple reservoir
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Sadly this isn’t Pisser Rough but I so wish it was. That’s just a few metres up the road.

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