Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Winter Hill – 29 October

At the end of an odd October Half Term week which we spent at home rather than in the sunshine of Mallorca we still had a few things left to do before our “9 day weekend” was done. A year ago we were on Sa Gubia in sunshine, this year it was Winter Hill, Darwen Tower and Spittlers Edge. Next weekend will be much the same as this was a recce for a Rucksack Club Meet which Pauline is leading.

WH-DT-001Rivington Pike from just above Pike Cottage

WH-DT-002The Mast

WH-DT-003Cyclist

Dropping down into Belmont from Winter Hill it began to look as though the weather might get worse – it did and much of the rest of the run was in low clouds and blustery showers.

WH-DT-004Lower Whittacre Farm with Winter Hill beyond

WH-DT-005Below Darwen Moor looking back to Winter Hill

By Darwen Tower we knew a right good soaking was more than likely and that the route was over optimistic. Omitting Darwen Tower will produce a realistic route but one almost completely devoid of any shelter for a lunchtime buttie – so we will be hoping for decent weather. The cold rain easily persuaded us to find lower easier routes back to Horwich but it also managed to be at its very worst when we were crossing the last high ground before Rivington. How does it do that?

WH-DT-006 After the rain, nearing the car park below the Pigeon Tower

Fingers-crossed for better weather next Saturday!

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