It was turning out a to be a typical bank holiday weekend weather wise, with plenty of heavy showers yesterday. It was forecast to be marginally better today, so we decided to head out for a walk. Given that the Peak District was likely to be extremely busy, we opted for a walk in the fine West Pennine Moors and there was a pleasant sounding one in our Lancashire ATP book.
We set off from the Great House Barn car park under threatening skies soon after 9:30am and headed down towards Lower Rivington Reservoir. We followed a path south through windy, but pleasant, woodland for a kilometre or so to reach The Castle. This interesting folly is a replica of Liverpool castle and was built by Lord Levershulme between 1912 and 1925; there were excellent views out over the reservoir from here, although it was still quite windy.
We soon joined a better track, which we forsake after a minute to take a muddy path further up the hillside. After a few minutes we reached the bottom of a wide cobbled track leading up into the hills. It was tricky getting the pushchair established on the track once through the gate due to the eroded ground.
We decided to continue along the wrong path and just miss out Rivington Pike, which would have been very windy anyway. At a disused toilet block we rejoined our planned route and forked left downhill. However there was a kissing gate that was far too narrow for a pushchair to negotiate first; therefore Lynsey carried Isabel whilst I lifted the pushchair over.
After a short distance we reached an unexpected T junction with no guidance in the book about which way to go. It looked like either way might take us downhill, but which one would be easiest with the pushchair? After a consultation with OS Explorer 287, I concluded that we should turn left. This we did and soon reached a further junction where we turned right. We soon passed underneath a fancy bridge, which was mentioned in our ATP book, thus providing us with evidence that we were on the correct path.