My walk last weekend was centred on Musbury. The high point of the walk was Musbury Tor which although only 338 metres in height it commands views over the Rossendale Valley. It was once the centre of a deer park. The low point was the long section of ankle deep sticky mud that we encountered along the Rossendale Way.
We started our walk from the Helmshore Mills Textile Museum car park and after crossing the road we were soon in open country passing some friendly horses.
The going was easy and we even had time to pose for photos.
Ahead of us was Musbury Tor which looked quite daunting from this angle and it was time to start our climb.
We were due to make a circuit of Musbury Tor. Our route description seemed clear but there was no path marked on the map. We almost got it right but at one point we were just a couple of yards out. The problem was that we were the wrong side of a dry stone wall ! After climbing up through a quarry we were at the edge of the plateau and back on track.
We followed a broken down wall to a prominent rock from where we could enjoy the views down to the valley.
It was now time to descend and pick up the Rossendale Way and skirt round the head of the valley. It was on this section that we encountered all the mud.
Progress was very slow.
Eventually we reached the site of the old Musbury Heights Quarry which used to produce stone for road sets, kerb stones and flagstones. The old chimney has been restored and serves as a useful landmark.
It was now time to descend once again joining the Rossendale way with Ogden Reservoir to our left.
Finally we had a short stretch of road walking. Opposite a row of houses there were some allotments that had a range of animals. We quite expected the chickens but the Llama was a bit of a surprise.
We finished off the day with coffee and cake at the teashop above Albert Mill Antiques. A warm chocolate Brownie and ice cream for me. I think it contained more calories than I had burned off all day.
Back home I could enjoy a large glass of full bodied red wine with a plate of liver and bacon. Just the thing on a cool Autumn night.