My walk this week took me up onto Bleakedgate Moor in the West Pennine Moors.
There are numerous pure springs in the area and the Victorians built reservo0irs to supply drinking water to the industrial towns surrounding Manchester. Prior to the building of the reservoirs there were fourteen farms in the area and many of the reservoirs are named after the former farmsteads.
We started our walk from the car park at Ogden Reservoir and walked along the dam wall. We turned right and began to climb up to the moor passing one of the ruined farmsteads.
We were on a section of the Pennine Bridleway but at a junction we headed northwest towards Windy Hill. The path was badly rutted and must be a total mud bath in winter but today it was dry. We were heading for the telecommunications mast. It should have been peaceful but we could not avoid the constant roar of traffic on the M62. The roar was only from traffic heading west, the eastbound carriageway was practically at a standstill.
We crossed the A674 and picked up the Pennine Way footpath heading south. We had lost the roar of the traffic and it was easy walking on the well trodden path. We even had a welcome slight breeze which swayed the cotton grass.
Our objective was the trig point at White Hills, an excellent spot to stop for lunch and admire the view.
We maintained direction to meet the A640 where we turned right and after 300 m of road walking we turned right again onto a pedestrian Byway.
At a junction we followed the Pennine Bridleway sign towards Piethorne Reservoir. The route skirts Readycon Dean Reservoir before heading to the A662.
We had been on our own all day but our progress was being monitored by some curious sheep.
At the road we turned left and headed for the Rams Head. It was very hot and a cool pint of beer seemed very tempting but that would have to wait. It was now downhill all the way with some fine views of the reservoirs.
We walked round the dam wall of Hanging Lees Reservoir and then followed the minor road alongside Piethorn Reservoir.
Just past the water treatment centre I spotted a couple of birds the other side of the wall. The were a pair of Jays. They were teasing us and kept flying ahead, but I did manage to get one photo.
We continued alongside Kitcliffe Reservoir and then reached our car at Ogden reservoir. It had been an interesting day, nine miles of moorland walking. Now we had to cope again with the M62.
It had been a very hot day, far hotter than Mallorca last month. I needed a pint, a cold glass of San Miguel did the trick. Another happy day.