Sunday, 7th March 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Hebden Bridge
Start Point: Railway Station car park Grid Reference: SD 995 269
Distance: 13.5 miles Ascent: 2,340 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Glorious sun shine and blue skies, which were to stay with us all day.
Comments: Eight set off walking through a quiet and peaceful Hebden Bridge.  A steep path climbed up through Eaves Wood onto the cliffs above, from where there were clear views across to Stoodley Pike monument and to the open moors ahead. The path crossed farm land to join the Pennine Way, as it crossed Smithy Lane and on up to Long High Top where we stopped for a deserving tea / coffee break. From here we took a diversion, leaving the Pennine Way to cross rough boggy grassland, with no clear paths visible, up to Standing Stone Hill: a summit clearly not frequently visited.

Leaving Standing Stone Hill we dropped down to a track, the Pennine Bridleway, which we followed past Gorple Lower Reservoir to join the Pennine Way again leading up to Walshaw Dean Middle Reservoir.

From here we followed a track leading past a shooting box which made a perfect lunch stop, as there were beautiful views over Walshaw Dean Middle & Upper Reservoirs. Views Eric was totally oblivious to!

We continued along the Dean Gate track passing over High Rake, down to Walshaw Farm. From here we dropped down into Walshaw Woods, passing Hard Castle Craggs, and carried on down past Gibson Mill to New Bridge and back to a bustling Hebden Bridge full of Sunday sight seers.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Leaving the Rochdale canal at Hebden Bridge

 

To start the climb up a steep sided valley

 

There is a good view towards Todmorden

 

With Stoodley Pike in the distance

 

Ruth and Eric admire the view from the edge

 

Looking along the cliff path

 

The group stops for a breather after the climb up to the cliff path

 

Not a cloud in the sky as we join the Pennine way

 

Elevenses in the sunshine

 

Group shot on Standing Stone Hill

 

Gorple Lower Reservoir comes into view as we drop down off Standing Stone Hill

 

Gorple Lower Reservoir still has a layer of ice

 

Reflecting the blue sky as we cross the dam

 

Some may remember this Christmas tree (complete with lights) from Rays walk to Withins in 2008...

 

It's still there!!!!

 

Moorland reflections in the partly frozen Walshaw Dean lower reservoir

 

Heading onto the moors

 

During lunch, some people prefer to admire the scenery....

 

but some have other ideas!

 

Looking back from High Rake to Walshaw Dean Middle & Upper Reservoirs.

 

 

Crossing the moor on the Dean Gate track

 

We head back to Hebden Bridge via Hardcastle Crags.

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