With the prospect of another spectacular winter sunrise I left Horwich before first light on a gloomy foggy morning en route to the three Trig Points on Winter Hill. 10 or 15 minutes later the first light appeared in the sky above the clouds covering Greater Manchester and the surrounding towns. For the rest of the morning I enjoyed bright, in not warm, sunshine and drifting clouds.
Looking back down to Horwich from just above the cloud ceiling
The best known of the three Trig Points is on the summit but there are two others overlooking Bolton, south east of the summit. Both were above the clouds and bathed in golden early light.
After leaving the second Trig Point on Whimberry Hill and crossing Counting Hill to reach Winter Hill and the third Trig Point the golden glow was gone. All around low clouds boiled up out of the surrounding valleys making a concerted attempt to engulf all the high ground.
Finally, making my way back to the summit for the third time with the clouds swirling around the highest ground I glanced to my left to see my own Brocken Spectre to complete a magical morning.