Near Barrow Bridge (Photo: Al Metelko)  

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Local Wintry Walk

Members: Trish Cranston, Al Metelko.

The forecast for nearly a week was not the best. And waking up to lashings of rain against the bedroom window was no incentive to head out to this meet. Unfortunately, it is the duty of a meet leader to be on their meet. There was a lull in the weather on arrival at Walkers Fold car park and there was no-one I recognised there. So, on the dot at a quarter to ten we set off on the low-level section of the route to Wilton. A slight detour north of the quarries was required because of the red flags and we took the path up to Whimberry Hill then on towards Dean Mills reservoir. As it was still fairly dry we came across an unmarked path that looks like it follows the county boundary up to Winter Hill. Well, the weather soon changed, driving rain and mist had us abandoning the walk short of Counting Hill and we took a bearing to the reservoir. On reaching the reservoir we headed back to the car park on good, very slippy and extremely muddy paths. Having carried a flask of coffee for around 6 miles the best place to drink it was in the car!

Al Metelko
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