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 Around Turton Heights

30th December 2020

Route. Belmont - Stake Moss - Stones Bank plantation - Dimple - Turton Heights - Cheetham Close - Charters Moss - Owshaw Clough - Stake Moss - Belmont ( about 7.5 miles 900ft ascent)


A lovely day for our last walk of the year. There had been quite a dump of snow on Tuesday and the temperature had stayed low so there was still lots of it around today. The whole of Bolton, Manchester and all points south were covered in mist


Looking over to the south.


Fine looking fellow


Small duckpond passed as we made our way into the Stones Bank plantation.


Just about to enter the plantation and a finger of mist has crept northwards.


Leading to a very wintry scene as we pass the houses at Dimple.


As soon as we started the climb to the moor we could see the blue sky..


The wind must have scoured this hillside as there wasn't much snow on the ground which is good news for these sheep.

Plenty of snow as we climb slightly higher. The mist to the south shows no sign of burning away.

.On to Turton Heights and we head for the high ground of Cheetham Close.


Big skies looking back to Winter Hill and Anglezarke moor.

Peel Tower and Holcombe moor over to the east from Cheetham Close.

In the valley below Entwistle reservoir is completely covered.

We had seen a snow shower approaching and for fifteen minutes we struggled our way through the sodden ground till we reached the main road.

The snow shower passed leaving Winter Hill  veiled in mist.

After crossing Owshaw Clough a few minutes of horrible boggy ground needs to be endured before we can reach the track which will take us to Stake Moss.

Lovely assortment of clouds above Winter Hill.

Belmont village looking very nice in the afternoon sun.

And that's it for 2020. We are back into a stricter lockdown now so it's local walks only for a while but I'm lucky that I have at least have the moors on my doorstep which on a day like today are as nice as anywhere.

Thank you again for looking at my pictures and Wishing you all the best for the new year.



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