2013 09 26 Greater Marsden

Andrew, today's leader, devised the walk utilising his knowledge gleaned as a volunteer on the National Trust Marsden Moor Estate. Promise of some new paths or none at all in places.

He did not expect the car park to be taken over by a travelling funfair however. Fortunately there is enough space for 6 cars. Ian took the opportunity of train travel, particularly bearing in mind the potential for a pint.

Seven of us set off promptly at 8.30am. Andrew gave us cause for concern spending the first few minutes trying to contact his doctor - not a good trait in a walk leader.

Route - March Haigh Reservoir, Buckstones Inn, March Haigh Reservoir again, Willykay Clough, Close Gate Bridge (morning break), Standedge Trail, Pule Hill, Old Roman Road, Butterley Res, Blakely Clough, Black Moss Res (lunch), White Moss, Shiny Brook Clough, Wessenden Lodge & Binn Edge.

Total 19 miles.

Plenty of bracken, grassy tussocks, moss, trip hazards, long grass, moss, paved paths (occasionally), moss, water hazards....

Weather excellent, views superb, several new footpaths, some off piste walking. Plenty of exercise. Back just after 3.30pm. Several disappear into Riverhead Tap for refreshment and to discuss the days outing. A good day out.