Dovestones 3rd October 2020

“A social walk of 20 miles across Saddleworth in very poor conditions was always going to be a hard sell but the compromise of 13 miles and an early hot bath was unanimously accepted; the excellent company (and occasional view) more than outweighed the shorter distance”

8 members ascended the track to Chew Reservoir before heading west across Laddow Moss to the rocks.  The rain was not as bad as forecast and after traversing above the rocks we took a break in “dry” by Crowden Brook. From there it became soggier and needed a few trick stream crossings before reaching the welcome slabs to Black Hill Trig point. As agreed we headed on compass bearing across Dean Hill Moss to reach the Holmfirth road a few hundred yards from the stile. (well done Pete.)  Everyone was resigned to a wet walk along the road to the upper car Park at Dovestones. However the rain almost stopped and we had fine views across the valley and decided to descend to the Yeoman Hey Dam and along by the water to cross to the cars.  All a little soggy but exhilarated.

David Clift