15 January 16 Blackstone Edge. Got the tram up to Newhey, just south of Rochdale, then worked my
way over Blackstone Edge and dropped down to Littleborough to catch the train back to Manchester.
Sunny at first but the cloud built up to give some heavy snow showers later.
Newhey tram stop.
The Church of St Thomas, Newhey, built 1875.
The Church of St Thomas.
Carr Lane, near Littleborough, on the Station to Station Walk which
connects Littleborough and Marsden (I must do it sometime).
Carr Lane, looking over Littleborough and the Roch Valley
to the snow covered Brown Wardle Hill.
Tunshill Lane, on the Station to Station Walk.
The Rakewood Viaduct on the M62 motorway, Hollingworth Lake
and Brown Wardle Hill, over Littleborough.
Tunshill Lane, near the col between Turf Hill and Binns Pasture.
Piethorne and Kitcliffe Reservoirs.
The Pennine Moors from Tunshill Lane.
The track down to the reservoirs, still on the Station to Station Walk.
The route passes the head of Piethorne Reservoir.
Three routes converge here, the Station to Station Walk,
one of the Reservoir Trails, and the Pennine Bridleway.
Reservoir Trail sign, Watershed Landscape.
Heading up to the high moors.
Still on the Station to Station walk.
Readycon Dean Reservoir and snow covered Denshaw Moor.
Summit of White Hill (466m). The cloud built up rapidly from here and
once the showers started the mist rolled down onto the tops, so there
wasn't much to see for the next hour or so.
A fortunate, but brief, clearance between the snow showers just
as I arrived at the summit of Blackstone Edge (472m).
Dramatic skies over the Roch Valley.
Littleborough in the Roch Valley.
Electricity pylons don't normally do much for the landscape
but these caught my eye glinting in the sunshine.
Hollingworth Lake. My original plan was to return to Newhey via the
lake but it was getting late so I dropped down to Littleborough
and caught the train back to Manchester.
The Blackstone Edge 'Roman' road, also known as the Blackstone Edge
Long Causeway, is a paved road originally thought to be of Roman
origin but after investigations by James Maxim considered to be
a 1735 turnpike or packhorse route.