Sun 25th Apr, 2021

Saddleworth Four Trigs

Andy Stratford

BOOKING: Required/Recommended.
Please contact the meet leader or the club.

Saddleworth Four Trigs

The committee has thought carefully about the conditions for re-opening our meets calendar in a responsible way. Please see the ‘’Principles’’ article in the March NL. As we begin to open our meets calendar, we ask that all members consider the following key points:

  1. Numbers attending – book in advance with the meet leader and respect that numbers may be restricted. 
  2. The guidance has changed from ‘’stay at home/stay local’’ to ‘’minimise travel’’. Whilst there is no specific Government / BMC guidance on miles travelled nor on travel times, please consider and reflect on the distance you will travel from your house to the start point of a meet. If unsure, please contact the meet leader in the first instance.

These four Trig points are all either in Lancashire or on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border. 

Meet at 08.45 am for a 9.00 am start at Binn Green Car park off the A635 Road past Dovestones (GR017044 on sheet OL1 Dark Peak). We lose height down to cross Dovestones Dam, then up Bradbury Lane to gain the first Trig Point at Alphin (469m). Following the edge we pass above Wimberry Rocks then the viewpoint of Indian Head before reaching the top Chew reservoir. Featherbed Moss trig at 541m is next by following the line of dry clough (misnamed!) and the grouse butts to get there, and then a marginally better track to reach the stile at Laddow Moss. We then join the Pennine Way, heading past Laddow and eventually onto a 2km stretch of erosion control flagstones and on up to Trig number three 582m at Black Hill. From here we strike NW following a sometimes slithery path to Dean Head Moss and crossing the A635 at the boundary car park between Lancashire and Yorkshire. Crossing here we head WNW along a moorland trod following the line of the old drainage system to Trig four at Broadstone Hill (454m); a well stomped track leads along the ridge to Alderman via the Sugar Loaf, Dick Hill and Oven Stones before dropping down Alderman Brow and back to the cars.

This is a traditional moorland stomp at a good pace, reminiscent of the long walks of the early days of the club - distance about 25km (16 miles or so) with around 700m of mostly easy gradient ascent - there are still likely to be a few ‘moorland challenges’ if we have had a few days of wet weather.....

Please let me know if you are coming in advance so that we can keep an eye on numbers as per BMC and government guidance and our own socially responsible goals whilst the pandemic is still classified as active. 


Andy Stratford

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