Saturday, 2 February 2013

Around Sabden – 02 February

Anticipating plenty of running on Winter Hill next weekend and needing a relatively easy week this week a run round Sabden valley seemed to fit the bill. The forecast suggested an early start might be cold but with the promise of a glorious winter sunrise to make it worthwhile – and worthwhile it was.

20130202_001_sabden-11Looking west before the moon set

20130202_002_sabden-16Looking east, towards Pendle Hill, as the sun creeps into the valley

20130202_003_sabden-22Churn Clough reservoir outflow

20130202_004_sabden-23Churn Clough reservoir

20130202_005_sabden-34Peacocks at Sabden Fold farm

20130202_006_sabden-47Oak Trees near Roughlee

20130202_007_sabden-54Electric Landscape (1)

20130202_008_sabden-57Towards Wiswell Moor

20130202_009_sabden-61-EditElectric Landscape (2)

19.5 miles and a bit of climbing over very wet ground, wetter than I thought it would be – I should have known better!

The route starts and finishes at Whalley going along one ridge and back along the other – this morning I turned round at Pendle Water but there are plenty of other options to lengthen or shorten the route. There isn’t very much climbing but the route is steeped in fell running history – two places of significance are visited on or near the northern ridge. Stan Bradshaw’s Cabin where he rested, recuperated and probably slept during or at the end of long training runs is visited as is the White Hough Outdoor Centre, which was the Whitehough Camp School, when the Fell Running Association(FRA) was founded there on April 4th, 1970.

1 comment:

  1. Sumptuous colours capturing a magnificent day for being out on the hill : )