Monday 10th May 2021
From Cowbridge Reservoir
Hameldon Hill SD 810 287 - 399m
Great Hameldon SD 794 289 - 409m
From Accrington Cemetry
Peel Park SD 772 293 - 297m
Resumption after Lockdown of this campaign to visit all trig points on OS sheet 103 - Blackburn/Burnley - 1:50
The car park at Cowbridge Reservoir was closed but I managed to squeeze in near the locked barrier.
Hameldon Hill trig was enclosed by barbed wire fencing requiring a circuitous route to climb a gate then wandering back and forth to find an alternative exit, only resulting in a return to the outward route (see map below.)
I found a Geocache under the trig - last visit was back in 2019.
I have visited this region on previous occasions and always find it a bit second rate: access problems, broken down walls, more than average litter, fly tipped rubbish and tracks and paths made from broken up hardcore. Having said that it is till a pleasant moorland environment with sweeping views and a wild and remote atmosphere.
Straightforward tracks lead on to Great Hambeldon with intermittent hail and thunderstorms.
After descent to Love Clough I tried to follow footpaths back, but characteristic of this area after blocked paths and some mis-navigation I bailed out onto the main road to get back to the car.
A drive to Accrington Cemetry and a quick climb on established track had me at Peel Park trig. A monument nearby celebrates the gift of the land to the community by William Peel in 1909.
|Squeezed in at Cowbridge Reservoir|
|On the way to Hameldon Hill|
|Typical of the sort of sad broken down atmosphere of this region|
|Looking back to Cowbridge Reservoir|
|This passed me at a point where the banking behind my shoulder was even steeper and I stood with my back pressed back with the monster passing by within just a few inches, 'twas a bit scary|
|Hameldon Hill trig|
|Zoom to Pendle Hill|
|Looking back to the masts on Hameldon Hill from Great Hameldon|
|My wanderings on Hameldon Hill to get in and out of barbed wire fencing|
|Peel Park trig, and below, monument|