Sunday, 29th July 2012

Walk: Kilnhurst, Lumbutts Clough, Lumbutts, Mankinholes, London Road, Stoodley Pike, Pennine Way, Warland Drain, Langfield Common, Gaddings Dam, Basin Stone, Shoebroad Lane. Walked some stretches of the Calderdale Way and the Pennine Bridleway.
Start Point: Lever Street car park, Todmorden Grid Reference: SD 938 241
Distance: 8.25 miles Ascent: 1,400 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Mixture of sunshine and showers, with more of the latter and less of the former. Windy and cool.
Comments: 18 walkers set off in the rain but returned in some sunshine. The climb up Stoodley Pike from London Road was rewarded with good views, despite the weather. New paved paths along the Pennine Way and down to Gaddings dam reduce the chance of being knee-deep in peat bog. The old paved path down to the Lumbutts Road was greasy and treacherous however.

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The Rochdale Canal with Stoodley Pike Monument in the distance


Locks on the Rochdale Canal at Todmorden


Rochdale Canal information


Remnants of an industrial age


Who lived here . . .


William Holt did . . .


and his horse is buried here


Another glimpse of industrial Todmorden


High & dry - was left by the recent floods in the nearby Hebden area?


Industrial heritage - Water Wheel Tower at Lumbutts


In years gone by this would have been tramped by people in clogs and shawls on't way t'th mill


Langfield Edge


Coffee break in Makinholes


Ramblers not welcome here


Ascending Stoodley Pike


View over the Calder Valley


One of several showers approaching


Makinholes & Lumbutts


Stoodley Pike offered some shelter from the showers


Departing from the monument


Stoodley Pike in between the showers


No, it's not winter but the middle of summer


Lunch on Near Withens Gate with showers over Todmorden


On the Pennine Way and approaching Warland Drain


The long, long path over Langfield Common


Basin Stone where the leader explains that it was used as a rendezvous for outspoken speakers


Two members of the group landed on their derriere descending this slippery path

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