South Pennine Walks
Date: 11th October 2009
Distance: 5.5 miles
Ascent: 1337 feet
Time: 3 hours 30 mins
Start Grid Ref: SD911386
A fairly short but super walk from Trawden up on to the top of Boulsworth Hill, the highest point in the South Pennines.
Route Summary: Trawden - Lumb Spout - Spoutley Lumb - Boulsworth Hill - Antley Gate - Oaken Bank - Pasture Springs Farm - Trawden
1. Lumb Spout
2. Lisa backed by Trawden
3. Looking towards Pendle Hill
4. Looking north-east to Combe Hill and Wolf Stones
5. Lisa at Little Chair Stones
6. Lisa on Boulsworth Hill
7. The moors above Calderdale
8. The top of Boulsworth Hill from Weather Stones
9. On Weather Stones
10. The trig point on the top of Boulsworth Hill
11. The Abbot Stone
12. Great Hameldon from Boulsworth Hill
13. Pendle Hill and Spence Moor
14. Boulsworth Hill with Oaken Bank in the foreground
Walk Detail: We drove in persistent rain all the way to Trawden and when we arrived there we sat in the car for nearly half an hour waiting to see if it would clear up as forecasted.
While it was still raining lightly when we set off there were a few patches of blue making an appearance in the sky. The beginning of the walk was nice and easy and there was a muddy little detour to view the lovely Lumb Spout.
The wait in the car proved to have been a good idea as the cloud began to lift as we climbed the waterboard's concessionary path. By the time we reached Little Chair Stones the cloud base had risen a good 300feet or so and had cleared the summit.
At Weather Stones we took advantage of some of the larger rocks to eat our soup and enjoy the extensive views. The latter were as substantial as I had hoped and from the summit itself I could see (starting from clockwise west) Pendle Hill, the Bowland Moors, Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent, Kelbrook and Elslack Moors, Great Whernside, Cracoe Fell, Little Wolf Stones, Withins Height, Ovenden Moor, Calderdale and Saddleworth Moors, Black Hameldon, Great Hameldon and Winter Hill.
The descent was fairly straightforward with some quite moist sections. By the time we got back to Trawden the sky had almost completely cleared and it had turned into a beautiful day something that looked unlikely 4 hours before.
This was easily one of my favourite walks of the year.