Wednesday, April 01, 2009

In Search of Windmills

I got home from work quite handy today and the weather was so good I just couldn’t not go out on the bike. I decided to do a shortish run that I had planned (after seeing photos DocB had posted on NUKB) to go up to Coal Clough Wind Farm to take some photos.

Coal Clough Wind Farm I set off on my bike with my camera and headed down the M62 to junction 21 at Milnrow (At which point I took a call on my mobile, very impressed with the quality/sound of the Autocom System). I then took the A663 to Shaw and then turned left in Newhey on the A640 to Huddersfield. I continued on the A640 at Denshaw crossroads and went up over Denshaw Moor passing New Years Bridge Reservoir. At the top of Cupwith Hill I turned left on the B6114 heading past Scammonden Water on the right before crossing over the M62 on the very high Scammonden Bridge.

Coal Clough Wind Farm I carried on along the B6114 after passing Ringstones Edge Reservoir I turned left to cut across to the B6113 to head into Ripponden. At the hill start junction in Ripponden I turned left and took the higher road the A58 over Rishworth moor to Littleborough. Part way along this road after already passing Baitings Reservoir and just before Blackstone Edge Reservoir I turned left on the B6138 to Mytholmroyd. In Mytholmroyd I turned left onto the A646 to Todmorden. At Hebden Bridge I took a right up a minor road past Mytholm. This road was very steep and I twisted and turned my way up to Blackshaw Head after negotiating several very tight switchbacks. From there I took the Long Causeway over Stansfield Moor to Coal Clough Wind Farm.

Coal Clough Wind Farm After a brief photo stop I continued along the Long Causeway to Mereclough before dropping down to the A646 near Holme Chapel. I continued down the A646 towards Burnley before turning sharply back on myself to head down the A671 to Bacup. Just before Deerplay Moor I turned right onto the B6238 to Rawenstall passing by Clough Bottom Reservoir on the way.

Windmills Map Location In Rawenstall I took the A681 heading towards Haslingden before turning off towards Edenfield. In Edenfield I took the A680 towards Rochdale passing Ashworth Reservoir on the way. I then headed through Norden and then Bamford back home to Heywood.