Highs and Lows at Musbury.

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.

51 Friendly horses

The going was easy and we even had time to pose for photos.

53 Time for a photo

Ahead of us was Musbury Tor which looked quite daunting from this angle and it was time to start our climb.

54 Start of the 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.

55 Through the quarry

We followed a broken down wall to a prominent rock from where we could enjoy the views down to the valley.

60 On Musbury Tor

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.

62 On the Rossendale Way

64 It's getting muddy

66 It's getting worse

70 Helping hand

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.

73 Restored chimney

It was now time to descend once again joining the Rossendale way with Ogden Reservoir to our left.

74 Nearly back

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.

79 Llama

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.

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About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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