Friday, 30 December 2016

L E G E N D - Warpers Trail, Witton Weavers Way

We've had so much fun doing the Witton Weavers Way caches that we were keen to continue with the series as soon as possible so the forecast looked dry for today so the plan was to do the Warpers Trail (follow the link for a walk guide).

On the way to the starting point, this sculpture caught our eye as we drove past.

It's a sculpture by Thompson Dagnall called 'Arte et Labore' and apparently it caused local uproar when plans were announced that were was to be a statue of a naked man as the gateway to Blackburn   There was a cache hidden there too which was a bonus.

We parked up at a familiar parking spot at Turton and Entwistle Reservoir.  It was the car park we parked in when we last visited back in July 2009, once again, just like the visit in the October of that year, the weather was horrendous and we started the series in torrential rain and pretty much gave up after a short walk.  So the Warpers Trail series has been on our to-do list ever since to come and complete it.
Turton and Entwistle Reservoir

Today the weather was dry but foggy and icy underfoot.  We made good progress and even found the two caches that we'd DNFd back in 2009.

Once we'd climbed up Fox Hill we were out in the sunshine and this took the chill off the air.

We continued on and we were soon back into fog again.  But if anything, it was perfect walking weather as there was no wind at all, really pleasant.

We past some really interesting things along the way and the walk was well marked on good footpaths all the way.

We walked just under 10 miles and made it back to the car just before sunset.  I would highly recommend this walk to anyone.  All the caches we found were straightforward finds, good sized with no micros or nanos.

Here are a few more pics from the walk:

This chimney is all that remains of Horrobin Mill bleachworks

Held up with wire rope!

Bridge at Turton Tower

Can't wait to get back out and do some more of the Witton Weavers Way caches.

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