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Ski Club of Manchester, Late Summer Stroll 18th August 2019

Walk: Leader Vanessa Miller
Reporter: Steve Wardle

This year's Late Summer Stroll was a little less well attended than last year's with seven adults and three dogs meeting in the Helmshore Mills Textile Museum car park. One participant was little late arriving but by 11.10 we were away on what promised to be a fine day — at least for the projected walk duration.

We headed a couple of hundred meters south from the car park to a bridge over the River Ogden then north west towards Musberry Heights. After making a slight detour to see a chimney which was part of the disused stone quarry we joined the Rossendale Way as it contoured along at a steep section of hillside covered in purple heather.

As we proceeded weswards we had good views to the north over Calf Hey, Ogden and Holden Wood reservoirs. Allegedly the Calf Hey Reservoir dam can become reasonable ski slope in the winter.

South of Calf Hey Reservoir we turned south and made our way to the triangulation point at Hog Lowe Pike. Here we had lunch after settling into a small hollow trading some of the excellent views for shelter from the wind.

After lunch we set off down towards Causeway End before picking up another section of the Rossendale Way taking us south then again contouring north of Musden Head More and Burnt Hill.

As the Rossendale Way continued east we turned south keeping Burnt Hill and Fall Bank to our right then south east and east to join the Rossendale Way for a third time. We left it after about 500m as our path home crossed it and took us north onto various quiet lanes and via many twists and turns on to Holcombe Road and back to the car park.

Dave and Vanessa lived in Holcombe for a number of years and used to run on many of the paths we'd walked. This "local knowledge" allowed them to plan a scenic and not too demanding walk which fitted the "Summer Stroll" brief perfectly.

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