Fearing the worst, brass monkeys everywhere avoided Saddleworth Moor on Saturday morning. Christ on a bike, it was cold! Maybe not a bad thing considering the climb up here. The views however made every agonising, lung busting step worthwhile. Not to mention heaving myself out of bed at 3.30am and striking out from the car park at 5.15am to reach the top for sunrise at 6.30am.
This is the view from Ashway Rocks above Yeoman Hay Reservoir. First light hits the slopes of Alderman's Hill and Alphin Pike beyond, with Dovestones Reservoir at their foot. Beyond Alphin, you can also see the high rise office blocks of Manchester from up here, although the wide angle aspect has pushed that too far back in the frame to be seen clearly.
A couple of minutes after this shot, clouds moved across the sun and within minutes, low cloud started to cloak the moor. The density and speed at which this moved was astonishing. From virtually clear skies to a white out within a few minutes. I was on a mission to find The Trinnicle on Raven Stones Brow but by the time I got there, the views up Greenfield Brook were lost in the mist.
Still, a great morning in one of my favourite locations and a good scouting exercise for future outings.