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Ponden Clough

Ponden Reservoir

Date: 2nd January 2006
Distance: 2.7 miles
Ascent: 570 feet
Time: 1 hour 50 mins
With: Lisa, Mum, David & Amber
Start Grid Ref: SD995371

Walk Summary:
An attempt to vist Top Withins that was cut short after my mum fell in to Ponden Clough and got rather wet.

Route Summary: Ponden Reservoir - Ponden Hall - Ponden Kirk - Lower Slack - Ponden Reservoir


1. Ponden Reservoir

2. Another view of Ponden Reservoir

3. Looking across the Worth Valley to Wolf Stones

4. Above Red Mires Clough

5. Looking down over Ponden Clough

6. Approaching Middle Moor Clough

Walk Detail: This long planned was not only my first trip into real Bronte country but was also because my mum wanted to visit Top Withins.

The walk started well and despite the dull weather Ponden Clough still looked very colorful. Unfortunately we never made it to Top Withins. I still cannot work out how she managed it but as Mum was crossing Middle Moor Clough she managed to fall into and completely immerse herself in a small rock pool. It was a dramatic moment with Lisa nearly going in after her in her eagerness to go to the rescue.

I don't feel too shamed to say that I also found it extremely amusing though poor Mum did not think so as she was completely soaked through. Needless to say we took the quickest route back to the car.

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