Sunday, 24th August 2008




Walk: Haworth - Penistone Hill Country Park, Walshaw and Walshaw Dean reservoirs to Top Withins and Bronte Bridge
Start Point: Penistone Hill Country Park car park Grid Reference: SE 019 363
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 2,000 feet
Time: 5.75 hours    
Weather: Sunshine and showers in the morning turning hot and sunny by the afternoon
Comments: From Penistone we dropped down to Leeshaw Reservoir before climbing Stair Lane to Top of Stairs in the rain. A coffee stop was taken there as the sun came out, but more showers were in store as we dropped down to Grain Water Bridge. There was a steady climb up to Nook & Coppy, round Shackleton Knott before dropping down to the attractive hamlet of Walshaw. It was then back up over Wadsworth Moor and down to Walshaw Dean Reservoirs, with lunch taken overlooking the reservoirs. We headed back up along the Pennine Way over the moor to Top Withins and its connection to the Bronte Sisters, particularly Emily, by which time the sun was shining. Back down again we found a quiet tea spot before the descent to Bronte Bridge, before the final climb back to the cars. A day of ups and downs, both the weather and terrain, but nothing to detract from an enjoyable walk.

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We are on our way


Leeshaw Reservoir


Dorothy, Betsy and John pause for a chat


Looking North as we climb Stairs Lane through the heather


Coffee stop at Top of Stairs


Grain Water bridge


Nook (SD989313) needs some TLC . . .


but it does have a great view


200 yards higher up the lane is Coppy. Know a pub called Copy Nook . . . ?


Even the cows are fed up with the weather


John surveys the hamlet of Walshaw (holiday home perhaps?)


The rest of the group decide to check out the possibilities


Heading up to Wadsworth Moor . . .


and over to Walshaw Dean Reservoirs . . .


higher and middle - the heather adds a great touch of colour


We stop for lunch at a shooting lodge - how thoughtful of Dorothy to provide a table and chairs!


On the Pennine Way approaching Top Withins . . .


with time to look around . . .


and read the plaque


Too many people at Top Withins so we found a quieter spot for a tea break


Crossing Bronte Bridge . . .


No sign of a Troll then?


Looking over to Stanbury before returning to the cars

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