|Walk:||Todmorden, Calderdale Way, Withens Clough Reservoir, Stoodley Pike, Pennine Way, Gaddings Dam, Rochdale Canal|
|Start Point:||Todmorden car park||Grid Reference:||SD 937 241|
|Distance:||13 miles||Ascent:||1,560 feet|
|Weather:||Intermittent mist with some drizzle in the afternoon|
Four brave ramblers joined the leader on what turned out to be a
much better walking day than expected. Not only had the day started
badly by finding that the A646 road to Todmorden had been closed to
allow railway bridge repairs to take place, but the weather
forecasts had predicted rain for the day. However, it was only as we
descended from the hills at the end of the day that we experienced
light drizzle and whilst there was quite a bit of patchy mist about
this fortunately cleared as we approached Stoodley Pike Monument
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
All set for the start from Todmorden car park
Fielden Wharf was a derelict site which received a much needed face lift and was awarded a Commendation in the 'Community' category at the 2008 British Urban Regeneration Waterways Renaissance Awards Ceremony. The stainless steel fish sculptures (and nearby planters) were created in collaboration with artist/blacksmith Nick Green and Todmorden in Bloom
You would think there would be enough 'real' wildlife . . .
out in the countryside!
Approaching Withens Gate there is still some snow around - but nothing compared to last week!
Coffee break overlooking Withens Clough Reservoir
A majot restoration project - or a swimming pool!
The snow is banked quite high in places along Dick's Lane
Parallel field boundaries looking North-west . . .
from Stoodley Pike
Stoodley Pike Monument - a history lesson:
The current structure was designed by local architect James Green in 1854 and the building was completed in 1856 when peace was declared at the end of the Crimean War. An earlier monument had existed on the site, started in 1814 to commemorate the defeat of Napoleon and the surrender of Paris then completed in 1815 after the Battle of Waterloo (Napoleonic Wars). This structure collapsed in 1854 following an earlier lightning strike and ongoing wear and tear from the elements.
Ian & Karen meet some friends from the Long Distance Walkers group
A misty view from the Pike . . .
but as I look for the exit . . .
Robb appears, torch in hand - it's very dark on those stairs!
After lunch the mist has cleared to give us a view of Todmorden in the distance
Time for a group shot before we leave . . .
to follow the Pennine Way, passing Withens Gate for the second time (see photo 5)
Stoodley Pike is now receding into the distance
A new bobsleigh run for the Olympics?
No, just a snow filled Warland Drain (runs into Warland Dam)
I think we'll take the short way from here!
Another view of a distant Stoodley Pike, seen over a frozen Gaddings Dam . . .
as we walk along the embankment . . .
spotting a large crack in the snow and ice . . .
running along the edge
The Basin Stone - and another history lesson:
The Basin Stone is a natural weathered outcrop of millstone grit on Walsden Moor. The stone was the location of radical meetings of the Chartists, Hudsonites and later Socialist groups. On August 18th 1842, following the Plug Riots in Halifax Ben Rushton addressed a large Chartist meeting at Basin Stone. A painting of this scene by AW Bayes hangs in Todmorden Town Hall
Is this the new look in interesting garden features?
The towpath alongside the Rochdale Canal looks very different to last week when it was covered with ice
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