Thursday walk report 15 August 2019

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    Andy SmithAndy Smith

    17 members and a dog started from Fairholmes. The weather
    was a bit damp at first, but became sunny later. We began by
    heading up through Lockerbrook Coppice to the track north of
    Lockerbrook Farm. 3 members of the party left us here to do
    a shorter loop. The rest of us went north along the track,
    rough and muddy in places before dropping to the road near
    Ouzelden Clough. One more left us here and the remaining 13 of us
    walked the road to Howden Dam where we took our coffee break.
    Next to Westend where we left the road and took the steep
    path up through the forest, heading for Alport Castles.
    Leaving the forest exposed us to a brisk NW wind. A little
    higher we stopped for our picnic lunch at a small shooting
    hut. We enjoyed great views from a spot well sheltered from
    the wind. After lunch we finished the climb to the dramatic
    edge of Alport Dale from where we could look down to the
    tottering towers and cliffs of the Castles. We paused to
    admire the views and check out a plaque to “Bob Smith”. The
    last leg of the route was over Rowlee Pasture; most of the
    way is now flagstoned. From the path junction above Hagg
    Farm we dropped back through the forest down to the car
    park. The distance was 8.4 miles, a little over the nominal
    maximum, but all agreed it was worth it. A fine walk.
    Andy & Rosy

    AvatarDavid Crowther

    The reservoirs are near full again – Howden here

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