Another Wednesday – another pack run. And another fine evening. And we’re going to end up at the social club with another decent supper and more good beer at £2 a pint. What more could a man ask?
Well – to avoid this killer climb for a start. Somebody constructed this road (The Naze); it’s all cobbles (largely overgrown with grass now) and it continues on and on at about a 1 in 2 gradient. Hopefully the pack animals coming down here did not have big trailer loads behind them . . . . . The mind boggles. It’s not a pack horse track; they have a single wide stone. This is cobbled.
We started down by the canal.
Never mind the animals – what about my screaming thighs? as we go up. And up. And up. But it is a nice evening. The remains of a ruined house. You can still figure out the fireplace. What a place to live. They did have grand views.
Eventually we arrive at upland meadow. We go past a couple of farms. Then strike up off the track and continue up. And up. I actually manage to run some of this. To a trig point. From the high point a very gentle downhill. Bliss. Then strike off to the right towards a distant marker post. Tussocks and boggy stuff. Happily the weather has been dry recently – otherwise we’d probably be up to our knees. Some broken downhill track – better running on the adjacent grass; softer on the feet and legs and a lot more forgiving if you fall over. And down to a house above Gorpley Reservoir.
Not obvious how we go on from here; a bit of foraging around, and not too many fences climbed. And we’re on the dam wall, then down the grass to the track at the bottom of the dam.
This reservoir is not much visited; not overseen by any road. But it leads us down to a jewel; Gorpley Clough, a beautiful spot which on this May evening has carpets of bluebells too.
Finally down to the main Bacup road; don’t want to run along the road, so straight up the other side and along paths and tracks back to Gauxholme and down to the social club.
Brilliant route, good evening for a run. Here’s to next week.