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Freeholds Top and Stoodley Pike

Freeholds Top and Stoodley Pike

Postby Broggy1 » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:12 pm

Date walked: 28/12/2016

Time taken: 3.4

Distance: 21.3 km

Ascent: 858m

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A visit to the South and West Pennine areas to take in some of the hills there.

Disappointingly murky for the out and back to Freeholds Top (after leaving a glorious Preston) but the sun breaking through nicely for the excellent loop to Stoodley Pike and along the Pennine Way. The Stoodley part would probably make a better walk done alone.

Probably my last outing of 2016 but another great year on the fells.

1 Gloomy start.JPG
The first part of the walk was an out and back to Freeholds Top from Walsden. Weather very gloomy.

2 Freeholds Top Trig.JPG
Trig Point and Tarn on Freeholds Top - a Marilyn.

3 Pennine Bridleway.JPG
After returning to Walsden and heading up the other side I took the Pennine Bridleway from North Hollingworth Farm along Walsden Moor.

Weather improving....

4 Weather improving as I round corner.JPG
This gained height before losing it again towards Lumbutts

5 Stoodley Pike ahead.JPG
Stoodley PIke Monument ahead - a landmark for miles

6 Stoodley again.JPG
Stoodley Pike again

7 Climb up.JPG
From the London Road track it's a short pull up to the Monument - which is clearly a popular place.

8 Monument.JPG

9 Monument again.JPG
Monument again

10 Pennine way.JPG
I then followed the Pennine Way around the Moor - easy walking if a bit cold into the wind

11 PW Slabs.JPG
The typical Pennine Way slabs made an appearance across some juicier areas

12 Warland drain.JPG
The Warland Drain is to your left for a good while

13 Warland res.JPG
Before Warland Reservoir comes in to view

14 PW with Backstone Edge in distance.JPG
Along the Bridleway with Blackstone Edge in the distance

15 Rochdale Canal.JPG
After descending to Warland I then followed the beautiful Rochdale Canal back to Walsden

16 RC again.JPG
As an angler I couldn't help but wish I had my gear with me!

17 Freeholds again.JPG
Freeholds Top across the valley is now clear. I wonder what the view is like up there?
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