3 July -- Saddleworth Moor
All this month's walks were circular, starting from the edge of Greenfield village and all first headed to the visitor centre by Dovestone reservoir
complete with breakfast van
selling Buckley's pies? (spotted on the recce - )
C group
Along the valley, under a brilliant blue sky
where the reservoirs were well below normal levels
Coming to the end of the Greenfield reservoir
and approaching the scramble up Greenfield Brook

The A and B+ routes diverged here, with the A group heading up the slopes on the left,
while the B+ group scrambled up the Brook bed
and along the ridge
To the high point
where putting too many people on the cairn seems to have unbalanced the horizon...

Back to the A group
toiling up the slopes of the Greenfield Brook
and taking a break at the top..
..and another
Then crossing the brook higher up
Tony shows off his rock climbing skills...
... and intrepidity
lt'd be a long way to fall!
The A and B+ groups meet up again
before the As take their lunch

The B- group did a similar a clockwise route around the Dove Stone, Yeoman Hey and Greenfield Reservoirs, cutting out the scramble up Greenfield Brook by crossing the valley below the last reservoir to Ashway Gap. Then climbing up Ashway Moss, where the 'Edge Walk' along the scarp provided some spectacular views over the reservoirs and the surrounding area. At Chew Reservoir we descended via the road to 'The Oldham Way' , across the fields to Greenfield and some welcome refreshment after a very warm day's walking.
Walking along ..
..the ridge..
..to lunch at its highest point
Picture-book regatta on the Dovestone reservoir
On the way down

The C walk started up the valley along the reservoirs but then climbed the slopes on the other (west) side of the valley
All happy bunnies
even the rear-guard!
Looking down the valley
Men in hats
Dovestone from the slopes of Sugar loaf hill
Keep up the hydration levels
there's further to climb
-- with fine views on the way --
to the obelisk at the top

...all ending up at the very civilised Clarence.

Photos by Phil Cunningham, John Hodgson, Bob Jackson, Colin Jacobs, Ken Sharman, David Whitehurst and Diana Young