The title of this walk in my book is ‘The Dean Clough Discovery Trail’ but I think ‘Discover the Dean Clough Trail’ is more appropriate for me. The reason is because discovering the starting point of the walk was the hardest part of the day.
Although we had the Grid Reference for the starting point it proved difficult to locate. A couple of road junctions had no signposts and I took a wrong turn. A sign warning – Danger – Severe bends, followed by – ‘No long vehicles, no HGV, no trailers, should have warned me but I drove on. 20 minutes later we were back on the outskirts of Whalley. I had driven in a big circle. How had I managed that? In the end we had to use our GPS to find out where we were and navigate to the starting point of our walk.
So what about the walk? It was excellent and much more varied that I had anticipated.
From the car we climbed a small ridge and got our first view of the reservoir. In 1869 the stream at Dean Brook was dammed to create a reservoir to supply water to the mill town of Great Harwood. It was actually dammed twice and what looks like one reservoir is actually two. They provide an important habitat for birds. The name Great Harwood means ‘where the hares are found’ and was once a booming mill town.
We walked alongside the reservoir before joining a moorland path.
The path rose up to pass through an area of gorse, the yellow giving a splash of colour to the hillside.
The views were beginning to open up and we could see Pendle Hill where we had walked last month.
The walk was very varied with lots of ups and downs. At one point we came close to the River Calder and a grassy bank provided an ideal picnic spot.
It was a beautiful late Spring day and there were lots of wild flowers. The bluebells were in full bloom and these were the genuine English variety, not the Spanish imposters.
The were also plenty of Lesser Celandine, Ranunculus Ficaria with their beautiful yellow flowers.
Only 8 miles but a great day out.