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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ashworth Moor Reservoir and Knowl hill

Today we had about 4 hrs to spare so our walk started and finished at Ashworth Moor reservoir at SD 831158. Route was Yates Farm, Buckhurst Farm, lumb Bridge, Cheesden Bridge, Knowl Hill and back to start via the wind turbines and Cheesden edge.
when we arrived at the car park visibility was quite bad and we could only just make out the Wind turbines so we headed towards Yates farm which looked a little clearer. It was quite a cool day but quite calm.
Sheila looking a bit chilly.
One of the reservoir outflows
View across towards Buckhurst farm
Very strong steel gates on a boundary wall.
Heading for Buckhurst hamlet.

The bridge at Closes and the outflow of the Pond at Buckhurst.
General view east from Closes.
Buckhurst pond
On the approach to Buckhurst Old School we came upon these 2 lovely pigs. They were covered in tight curly hair. We had never seen this breed before. They were a friendly pair, although i don’t think i would like to stand in that sty all day.
View going up Cheesden Dale
A bridge in the Cheesden valley
An outflow at Lumb reservoir or pond as it is now.
Approaching Cheesden Lumb Mill.
Some lunatic tempting fate at Lumb Mill.
The remains of Cheesden Lumb MillJohn Kay (not to be confused with the John Kay who invented the flying shuttle) built Cheesden Valley's Lumb Mill in 1786, as a fulling mill, turning woollens into felted materials. (Source wikipedia.)
Somebody trying to be Artistic.

A tragedy approaching.
Lunch at last, underneath the wall beside the Edenfield road.
A couple of things i was trying out today. 1. The Primus Express spider gas stove and 2. A pouch of one cup Cafe Express fresh ground filter coffee.
I have an Optimus Crux stove and its tiny and light but it’s never grown on me. It’s ok for 2 seasons in my opinion and it’s regulator is poor at best.
I went for the Primus because it was first of all a stove with a pre-heat tube and should therefore work in low temperatures, 2nd the weight and the the price was reasonable and it could invert the gas cylinder if required. Today was it’s first outing and i was only boiling water, but to be honest that’s about all we ever do with a stove.
It boiled 600ml in about 4 1/2 minutes in ambient temperature of around 3 degrees and in a sheltered spot. A wind shield wasn’t used today.
I think i am going to like this one.
Weight 198gr and it folds neatly and fits nicely into my 600ml pot. It comes with a base sheet of foil but i will be changing this to something more user friendly as it’s a bit too rigid for my liking.
The One cup Cafe Express coffee tasted wonderful but i don’t think we will be using them again.
The problem with them is that using them outdoors you want something that goes from boiling water to drinkable in a short space of time.
The filter bag is small, just like a teabag in size. you can only pour small amounts of water into the bag each time and therefore it takes about 7-8 fills to get a mug full.
It is strong coffee and you can get 2 cups out of it, eventually.
If the day was raining or blustery i am quite sure that i would have got fed up with waiting and scrapped the idea altogether.
Next time i will try the new 3 in 1 sachets.
Up towards Paradise and along to Cheesden edge our next goal of Knowl hill could be seen.
Now identified. Cup Lichen. (Thanks to Hendrik, see comments)
The dreadfully churned up track to Knowl hill. Trials bikes the culprits here i think.
A wind turbine maintenance crew
Top of Knowl hill
Somebody taking flying lessons.
View down off Knowl Hill

A couple of turbine shots. The noise!
Heading back down Cheesden edge to Ashworth Car park.

A very pleasant few hours and lots to stop and see along the way.


selfpowered said...

very interesting photos, thanks alan. the scale of those machines is something else

AlanR said...

Thanks David, We had a pleasant few hours. Those turbines are massive aren't they. And the noise can be quite unbearable. They would drive you insane if you lived close enough to hear them.

Jeff Gater said...

Nice little walk you had there even though the weather wasn't to good by the looks of it.

I went on a walk last Saturday from Daisy nook up to Hartshead pike.
Took a flask of hot water rather than a stove so I could try the Nescafe 3 in 1 sachets vs the Nescafe Cappuccino sachets that I had, quick and easy.

I can Highly recommend both, but the Cappuccino with its frothy choclety taste hit the spot for me on that occasion.

I have tried the Kenco 3 in 1 sachets in the past and there S**t, don't waste your money on them.

Like the look of your stove have you tried it in very cold conditions yet?
Would be interested to know how it performs with it having the pre-heat tube!!


AlanR said...

Yes it was a nice walk, the weather was improving so i would imagine that by mid afternoon it would have been clear.
Thanks for the coffee info i will try the Nescafe 3 in 1 coffee next i think..
The stove is new to me so i havn’t tried in sub zero conditions yet. But some reports i have had from people who have, say they recommend it. Hence my purchase.
There is a good review on it by Maz here.

Jeff Gater said...

Thanks for the Link, will check it out.

Big Kev said...

Hi Alan. Coffee-wise, have you tried Starbucks Via? Comes in small sachets (7 for £2.99 @ Tesco) and is actually quite nice. Works for me and I'm a real coffee fiend :o)

AlanR said...

hi Big Kev,
Thanks for dropping by. No i havn't tried Starbucks Via but now that i know i will get some on your recommendations. I'll have lots to try out soon. I am not a lover of flask coffee.

Unknown said...

Alan - what a nice walk. Shame about the weather but is that Páramo I spy there? The Velez Smock? You'd have been warm and dry then - I'm a Páramo convert I must admit and stay tuned for something new from me in relation to them but not on my blog...

As for the Spider - I like it too and I have used it around 0C mark where it was fine. I often take a stove on a day hike and brew up on a hill just to sit and savour the view. It's rather lovely actually.

As far as wind turbines are concerned - the jury is out for me. They are less intrusive than other sustainable energy sources and not hideously ugly (neither are they architectural gems), but they could be more sensitively placed. Denmark (where Mrs M is from) have a huge industry with them as it's mostly flat (how dull) but they tend to place them more carefully and they have massive farms of them out to sea where they are less intrusive. Maybe the North Sea is the way to go...

AlanR said...

hi Maz,
Back from the snowy wastes of the north!
Yes it was a nice walk thanks. Not strenuous or lengthy but nice is the word.
The coat is the Velez adventure smock. It’s usually my first choice when temperatures are in single figures. After that i use the Cloudveil Koven pretty much the rest of the year.

The wind turbines are a big issue. If they generated a decent amount of power to the grid etc etc i could accept them in the right places. IE out to sea. These in this post are visible from my house and so often they are doing nothing but standing vacant.
More thought needs to go into where they are put, not just an empty bit of moorland.
But we can spout about them all we like, they are “green” so we have to have them. The government says so.

afootinthehills said...

Good to see some photos of unfamiliar places even if taken in not so good weather.

Unknown said...

A bit of thought as to where they go, both from the point of view of efficacy as well as maintaining the countryside would not go amiss but so often I see this country just randomly throwing a half-considered solution at a problem and leaving it to rot. It's a shame.

Unknown said...

The photo of the pigs is priceless =)

Unknown said...

Oh, and the unidentified Fungi is a cup lichen.

AlanR said...

Sorry for the delay in replying guys. Internet in Cumbria poor at the moment.
Gibson. Thanks, this area is not far from home but it's not an area frequented very often by us. We must go more.

Maz, I agree fully.(Tent delivery imminent, any guesses?)

Hendrik, Thanks for your comments. I still havn't found out what breed they are yet. I appreciate you letting me know the name of the Lichen, not fungi, thanks for that, i will add it to my post if the internet stays on long enough.

Unknown said...

Alan, given I doubt you want to be spending a lot (the Scarp 2 arrival not so very long ago) and the options I was thinking of are out of the window, I am somewhat flummoxed. I had thought a new Terra Nova, but they're so expensive as you rightly observed. Perhaps something from across the Pond - some Henry Shires involvement... Otherwise, the Golite Shangri-La seems popular at the moment.

AlanR said...

hi Maz.
You are pretty close. In fact your last word is quite correct.

It's the Tarptent Moment with the extra inner roof.
I do like the Golite Shangri-La and it was a close thing.
I still have to seam seal it as yet.

Unknown said...

On one view, I was right with my guess relating to Henry, but given I listed most possible alternatives, I think the credit I can take is limited... ;-)

AlanR said...

Ist impressions coming soon. (I hope)

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