Crossing the bridge over Hurstwood Brook.
A normal discussion on route finding - heading for the Burnley Way / Pennine Bridle Way.
Paul and Pippa on the Hare Stones.
At the trig point at Hoof Stones Height.
Looking across Shuttleworth Moor and Black Moor towards Gorple Upper Reservoir
and beyond to Heptonstall Moor.
Walk stats:Distance:11.3 miles (maybe more for some) ; Climb:1557'.
Time:5 hours 56 minutes; On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h.; Overall walk average:1.9 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Roger, Dave J., Celia, Paul and Pippa.
The weather turned out to be pretty good, some sunny spells, a cool breeze at times, but no rain. This was quite a challenging walk, especially if you wanted to keep your feet dry, not everyone succeeded! More than half the walk entailed trekking across boggy peat moorland. We now know why so many of the named areas have the prefix "black"! What a blessing it was to get back on the solid ground of the Burnley Way / Pennine Way Bridle Path near Gorple Gate.
Lunch was taken by the remains of a now empty reservoir just west of Hoar Moor.
Half the group decided to follow the Pennine Way Bridle Path all the way back to the car, whilst the other three decided to continue their bog trotting and follow the described route past Cant Clough Reservoir.
Birds seen or heard today included:Blue tit, Great tit, Mallard, Chaffinch, Meadow pipit, Snipe, Kestrel, Raven and Red grouse (they seemed to be everywhere.)
Overall an "enjoyable" walk, perhaps never to be repeated!
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Kettledrum Inn at Mereclough where the best brew on offer was Deuchars IPA.
In the Kettledrum Inn afterwards Roger even admitted to "snorkeling" in Clegg Foot stream.