Sunday, 4th December 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Stoodley Grange, Stoodley Pike, Withens Clough, Warland & Light Hazzles reservoirs.
Start Point: Todmorden canal side car park Grid Reference: SD 937 241
Distance: 12 miles Ascent: 2,000 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Dry to awful to dry
Comments: From our car park along side the canal our route was to take us to Shaw Woods. As the canal towpath had been closed part way, we had to make a diversion through Todmorden to regain the canal further along. As heavy rain had fallen earlier, the canal water level was very high. After passing through Shaw Woods we reached Stoodley Grange a grand name for a disused lunatic asylum (now turned into private dwellings). Passing the Grange, Stoodley Pike came into view, the climb up to the pike being the hardest part of the day. With elevenses over we headed over the fells to Withens Clough reservoir. This proved to be a mistake as the paths were either very wet or very muddy. It was by now either raining hard (with some hailstone) or snow made worse by the driving winds. With a sigh of relief we reached the Calderdale and Pennine ways with their good paths. With rain and snow now easing we stopped for lunch by Warlands reservoir before contouring around the reservoir and descending towards Warland. Various paths were then followed to Bottomley and Rake End (above Todmorden) with a final short stretch along the canal. Despite the weather the three brave souls who joined the leader seemed to enjoy the walk, unfortunately no pics. (Some photos from other walks in this area have been added)

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Stoodley Pike on a fine day . . .

 

with views towards Todmorden . . .

 

and again on a misty day . . .

 

and a damp balcony

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