Monday, 12 December 2011

October Walk 2011

The October walk was a 6 mile ramble on the moors and valleys above Tintwistle. We set out from the Angling Centre on the Arnfield reservoir in good spirits but in driving rain which we hoped would clear as we progressed. The first part of the walk was alongside the reservoir but we were soon climbing upwards towards the high moor. As we neared the top the rain came down even harder and we also ran into mist and cloud. We had expected to see views from the summit of Lancashire, Cheshire and Derbyshire but the weather was just too bad. Coffee was taken in the shelter of a dry stone wall which kept out the wind but not the rain. The next part of the walk was the descent into the Arnefield river valley and as we reached the lower ground there was a brief respite from the driving rain. Eventually as we reached woodland, the rain eased and our spirits rose. Not for long, however, for we suddenly realised we had missed a turning and we had to get out map and compass to get back on the right track. The detour took us down to the river where we decided to stop for lunch. At the same time the rain came back with a vengeance but showing true British spirit we continued with lunch! Afterwards we made our way down the valley and the walk finished with a gentle stroll around the Arnfield reservoir to our start point.After a quick change from our waterproofs and boots we enjoyed tea and cakes at the Angling Centre which was a splendid end to the walk.

In spite of the atrocious weather everyone enjoyed the walk and our thanks go to Beryl and Brenda for leading and organising the day. No photographs for this walk - just too wet to get out the camera.

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