Sunday, 18th September 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Hebden Bridge, Crow Hill Nook, High Brow Knoll, Warley Moor Reservoir, Rocking Stone, Calderdale Way, Hebden Bridge
Start Point: Hebden Bridge Station Grid Reference: SD 994 269
Distance: 15 miles Ascent: 2,500 feet
Time: 7.5 hours    
Weather: Warm and dry with clear blue sky for most of the day.
Comments: Three set off from Hebden Bridge on what was to be in Phil’s words “a cracking walk” in an area he had not explored before. The weather improved significantly as we climbed out of Hebden Bridge valley onto Midgley Moor. There were clear views all day in all directions with Stoodley Pike Monument being a prominent feature on the skyline throughout the day.

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Crossing the Rochdale Canal as we leave the car park at Hebden bridge

 

Climbing steeply up some steps . . .

 

to join the Calderdale Way . . .

 

 with Stoodley Pike Monument in the distance

 

The tiny piglets have grown considerably since Ian's recce

 

The village of Mythelroyd comes into view . . .

 

as we press on through the golf course . . .

 

with views of Stoodley Pike

 

Continuing on to the moor

 

As we leave the Calderdale Way to climb to the first trig point there was evidence all around that the heather had been in full bloom

 

We reach our first summit of Crow Hill Nook

 

and a welcome tea stop

 

Then it's on to High Brown Knoll . . .

 

Before descending across the moor once again . . .

 

to join the catchwater drain . . .

 

which eventually runs into Warley Moor Reservoir

 

Ian checks out one of the vertical shafts . . .

 

which are scattered along the length of the drain . . .

 

before it eventually reaches the reservoir

 

Our route can be seen in the far distance . . .

 

as Dean Head reservoirs come into view far below

 

Storm clouds gather as we have lunch beside the reservoir . . .

 

but luckily the worst showers pass us by . . .

 

as we reach the 'Rocking Stone' . . .

 

where Karen does some 'Rocking' of her own

 

Descending to the road at Sleepy Lowe the castle turns out to be houses

 

Further down into the valley . . .

 

the remnants of the colour in the heather and gorse are still visible . . .

 

as we pass through the archway of another 'Castle' . . .

 

to join the track which contours round the moor . . .

 

leading us back to Hebden Bridge

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