This 24-mile tour of the West Pennine Moors, over the summits of Winter Hill, Darwen Moor and Great Hill is a bit of a livener for what is hoped to be the tail end of winter. The weather certainly lived up to the forecast of low cloud and drizzle. Unfortunately I hadn’t anticipated this much snow and consequently had trail shoes on, instead of studs which meant the descents on snow on wet grass were very entertaining, and very slow. Given the fact that my longest run for weeks, of sixteen miles the previous Saturday together with a couple of niggling injuries, I was pleased to get round in under six hours – 5.53. Almost an hour slower than my best time, but that was in perfect conditions and injury free.
The camera only came out of its waterproof bag once and that was on the first climb on to Winter Hill and below is the result.
First climb onto Winter Hill
Lots of friends doing this event with varying degrees of success/enjoyment. Ian and Albert were however the only two that I’m aware of that chose to make a weekend of it by completing the gruelling Winter Hill Fell Race the following day. Well done!
Ian battling with his race number!
Sunday’s weather was much worse than Saturday. My plan to have a gentle stroll up to the Pike and possibly see the runners at the top of the ramp on Winter HIll was abandoned in favour of sitting in the car and reading the Sunday paper!
The view from the car
In other news there had been some glorious opportunities to snap the low winter sun in the morning and evening midweek.
Above and below – morning shift, baking bread at New Springs bakery
Winter evening at Haigh Hall