Sunday, 8th January 2012

Walk: National Trust cotton mill, Hardcastle Crags and Heptonstall
Start Point: Hebden Bridge Grid Reference: SD 995 269
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 2,400 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Warm for time of year with light drizzle in afternoon.
Comments: The walk took us through Hebden Bridge for a walk along Hebden Water up to the N.T. Mill for our elevenses. We continued along the river for Hardcastle Crags and beyond, then paths took us to the Pennine Way, somewhat boggy, and finally to picturesque Heptonstall.

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Leaving Hebden Bridge . . .

 

to join the riverside path leading to the Midgehole

 

Climbing some steep steps . . .

 

before dropping down to the river once more

 

The high winds and heavy rain have left their mark on the woodland . . .

 

but are we (the Strenuous Group) on the right path???

 

One of several crossing points

 

Further upstream Ian leads the way . . .

 

closely followed by Tony . . .

 

and finally Robb . . .

 

while the rest of us take the easier route to Gibson Mill . . .

 

where we take advantage of the restored building and tea rooms for elevenses

 

On the move again past one of the many waterfalls flowing into Hebden Water

 

Rambling reflections in the mill lodge

 

The discoloured water gives away the conditions on the Pennines!

 

Another party of ramblers exits the the valley via the steps on the opposite side . . .

 

while we press on towards the mist

 

Crossing the bridge over Graining Water . . .

 

before heading up to the Pennine Way where John pauses to read a notice informing of a path closure (fortunately not the one we want)

 

After traversing Clough Head Hill we drop down to the edge above Hebden Water

 

Taking a detour to view the church at Heptonstall . . .

 

and read the information about this historic village

 

Returning to Hebden Bridge via cobbled streets

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