Dean Clough Reservoir
Less than 30 minutes walk from the town centre, and with car parking even closer, is Dean Clough, one of my favourite spots in the area, a small valley occupied by a small brook. In 1762 the Lords of the Manor were allowed to enclose Harwood Moor and farms were established but in 1879 the stream was dammed forming reservoirs at the western end to provide water for Great Harwood. The loss of land and farming restrictions meant some of the farms established for 100 years were abandoned.
From the southeastern watershed looking across to Pendle.
As it was in February 1996 after the drought of 1995.
Looking north across Dean Clough and the Ribble Valley to the Forest of Bowland.
Sometimes the clouds are lower.
Sometimes very low
but when the mist condenses you get sheep and a view.
The south eastern outflow
which isn't always needed
but when it is the water flows back to the stream in the line of trees.
1 LRO: DDHE 75/6 and DDLX 11/1
Great Harwood Gleanings, Louie Pollard, 1978, Lancs County Council. Pages 7, 51, 99
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