The plan was to walk past Hurstwood reservoir and join the Pennine Bridleway, following it eastwards across Hameldon Moor up to Black Moor. Then I would make my way back to Hurstwood across Worsthorne Moor past Cant Clough reservoir. It pretty much went to plan.
From Hurstwood I followed the footpath to the north of the reservoir. The path was initially quite muddy and slippery but as I climbed the small elevation up past the wood, the ground firmed up due to the cold. The footpath was enclosed by pine trees to the right and a dry stone wall to the left. The dry stone wall had rocks sticking out of the side of it at regular intervals along its length, which I though was quite unusual. Looking over the wall to the north east, Pendle Hill could be seen across the valley, its summit enveloped in cloud.
At the boundary fence between Hameldon Moor and Black Moor the bridleway levels out and you can see the higher of the two Gorple Reservoirs. It was as this point that I could see that it was snowing, with the snow clouds advancing towards me. I quickly put my waterproof jacket, over trousers, Lowe Alpine Mountain Cap and Extremities gloves. There is something good about being warm and dry when in the midst of a windy snow storm! Thank goodness for modern outdoor gear. Thus equipped I proceeded eastwards to a point north of the Gorple reservoir dam, here I followed a slippery, muddy track to the dam. With the snow still falling, I walked past the rocky outcrops of Gorple Stones and down to the dam. Turning right I followed the footpath more-or-less back on myself. As I climbed towards the ruined building, a fell runner was rapidly advancing towards me. Despite my need for a full set of waterproofs when it is snowing, the happy fell runner was wearing shorts and lightweight waterproof top. Subsequently the snow stopped and I overheated!
From the dam at Cant Clough reservoir I headed past the slag heaps back up to the Hurstwood reservoir. This track afforded views right across the district of Burnley and to Pendle Hill. The road from the reservoir back into Hurstwood is lined with pine trees and provided a very pleasant stroll back to the village.