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My blog nick-name is SIR HUGH. I'm not from the aristocracy - my middle name is Hugh which relates to the list of 282 hills in Scotland compiled by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891. I climbed my last one (Sgurr Mor) on 28th June 2009


Tuesday, 26 February 2019

OS Grid 38 (northing) SD 305 380 to TA 269 379 - Day 6

 Sunday 24th March 2019 - Nelson centre to North of Ponden (SD 993 377)

I had plotted the route to start from the east end of Ponden reservoir - Google Earth had shown me  ample parking in the entrance to the road over the dam. I arrived early, took photos in the early morning sunlight - what a fabulous warm day - and drank coffee from my mini flask before BC arrived. BC had identified a better finishing point from the road high above Ponden to the north so we de-camped to leave a car at the new terminus, then we drove to Nelson. 

We walked though the attractive park in Nelson and it is to be hoped local authorities will still be able to maintain these spaces often donated by wealthy philanthropists in Victorian times.

We had spotted a supposed hill fort on Little Gib Hill and diverted to investigate - like many such antiquities marked by OS this turned out to be what I call a figment of the imaginations of zealous archaeologists.

At Doughty Farm we were pestered for several hundred yards by a pesky, snappy Jack Russell. Between that farm and Wiil 'o th' Moon farm we encountered the first badly cow trodden fields on the whole of this project so far. That was coupled with a network of baffling paths, hard to navigate, especially with the distraction of that little dog and its mistress chasing behind ineffectively trying to recall it.

Better walking ensued as we sauntered through pretty Trawden then crossed and followed part of our Bronte Way path from May last year south of Wycoller. We chatted with two young lady fell runners - inspirational they were - getting out there doing their stuff.

We were now into a  stretch of wild moorland with a decent path leading to Watersheddles Reervoir -   my kind of walking. We found the path between the edge of the reservoir and the road this time having irritatingly walked down the road on our Bronte Way trip.

From the end of the reservoir we were on the road back to the car, but from the higher branch it was quiet and culminated in fine views of Ponden reservoir far below making us appreciate BC's wise decision to follow this higher ground.

Another excellent days walking with all day sunshine, but much haze in the distance and a massive contrast from The Beast from the East we were experiencing at this time last year.

Worth clicking first photo for slideshow
I have tried to put these maps at the end but Blogger is having one of its moods.Faded blue is our grrid line 38. Pink lines are one mile north and one mile soith

Morning hazy light on Ponden reservoir

Out of Nelson - the old brass bands still going strong.

The park in Nelson, and below

Looking back down into Trawden

On the way to the elusive hill fort on Little Gib Hill

Looking down to Laneshaw Bridge (I think) from around SD 923 380.
Marked erroneously "Forest of Trawden" on the map - we were on top of the world there.

We wondered how that had happened

Dropping down to the valley south of Wycoller to join the Bronte Way for a bit

Ponden reservoir as we neared the car on the high road


  1. Pleased to see your different take on photography, not all identical to mine. It is interesting to see where the gaps are, you often go to sleep photographically later in the day.
    I think photo no 5 should read 'Looking back down into Nelson'

  2. BC - I never do take as many as you but you are correct about my tailing off - must try harder.