For a variety of reasons like injuries and weekends away, this was my first outing with the Saturday Squad for quite some time. Arriving at the Lower Barn, the wind was fairly cutting, although not raining which is always good at the start. Only three of us out this morning, Ed and new kid on the block Chris,
pressganged recruited last week by Ed whilst minding his own business running on Great Hill.
The wind wasn’t quite as strong as I thought it would be on the tops so although we could remain upright, it was very, very cold. Visibility was fair with Pendle, Darwen Tower etc all clear. But looking towards Ingleborough there was a distinctive white shroud completely covering the hill and I thought about friends who were running the Three Peaks Fell Race and those onthe much longer Fellsman. Glad I wasn’t marshalling, let alone participating in either today. Later last night out with friends who had done the 3Ps and indeed there was a brief snowstorm on Ingleborough which is what we were looking at from the relative benign tops of Winter Hill.
Our little outing was much tamer, amounting to eleven miles and a couple of thousand feet of climbing at an easy pace. Starting with Two Lads we passed Pike cottage, now a dog kennels but previously a local hostelry and then, shooting lodge.
One of the residents of Pike Cottage!
Pike cottage on Georges Lane catching a rare bit of sunshine - from Rivington Pike
Looking across to Two Lads from Burnt Edge
The Trespass Stone – full story can be read on IWC's blog
My two companions at Smithills Reservoir
Looking north from Noon Hill summit
Lower Rivington Reservoir from The Pike
Sunshine at the end of the run
Great to be out on the hills and looking forward to the next time