South Pennine 24 2018 Report

Torside Reservoir on the SP 24
Saturday 24th February 2018
For the third SP 24, we could not have had better conditions, it was great!  Beautiful clear sunny weather and because it had been fine all week long, good under foot.
I expect there have been some fast times recorded?
Starting orders where led again by Glen from the Dovestone SC at 8am and off went another fully booked contingent, to what promised to be a memorable day in the glorious hills of the South Pennines.
Striding purposefully along by Dovestones reservoir to the Ashway Gap turnoff and then the stiff climb up to the famous Skyline Path by the Ashway Stone clearly visible up above.
Proceeding along the top and round to C/P A at Chew Res’ with great viewing all the way and a welcome pit stop from the brave and generous volunteers, because it was bitterly cold up there.
From here the way was well marked for us with those reassuring small flags, across the moor to Laddow Rocks and the Pennine Way Trail down to Crowden, with plenty of Crag-hopping.
After C/P B below Crowden Outdoor Centre, we crossed the A628 and onto the Bridleway, following the Pennine Way through woods and descending to cross Torside Dam Reservoir and its spectacular water features. Turning right along the opposite side to the Loggendale Trail via the tunnel and continuing to the dam at Rhodeswood Res’ to eventually come onto the road and housing at Tintwistle.
Through the houses, over the A628 again and joining Wooley Lane.
Passing Thorncliffe Wood and to our main C/P C at Hollingworth CC.
After a fine assortment of goodies, we again set off for the final 10 miles.
Taking a Bridleway above the C/P to Lumb Farm, Gallows Gate Farm and continuing along a track to the fishook right, then left uphill to the trig point on Wild Bank Hill.
Crossing over Hollingworth Hall Moor with 360 views, coming down to the dam at Higher Swinshaw Res’.
Beyond the path of the dam we headed up the track over Turf Pitts and descended to the Pennine Bridleway.
A right turn here and where soon at C/P D in Carrbrook.
Passing by Carrbrook Country Park, we found ourselves joining the Oldham Way to Fern Lee Farm, downhill to Bradbury’s Lane and finally into the Car Park back at Dovestone SC. 
Thankyou to everyone involved in organising a fantastic event,
Kind regards Pendle Pete.      
Photos of the event sourced by Andrew 
Photos by Pete