|Walk:||'The Oxenhope Levadas'
Oxenhope Station, West Yorkshire over the Pennines at Haworth Moor to Oxenhope Stoop and the watershed between the Hebden and Worth rivers, descending to the extensive man-made water courses which feed the neighbouring reservoirs, returning via Back Leeming
|Start Point:||Oxenhope Station (Keighley Worth Valley Railway)||Grid Reference:||SE 032 353|
|Distance:||8.2 miles||Ascent:||1,200 feet|
|Weather:||“Downhill from noon” was the forecast – the weather, not the altitude, and after a spring-like start, the rain came in at twelve with gusty winds on the moor and steady, but not heavy rain for the afternoon|
It was a good case of ignoring the forecast and getting on with it, especially with the added interest of the Keighley and Worth Valley Heritage Railway, where we had time for free access to the Exhibition Shed after the customary cuppa, today in the KWVR teashop housed in one of the carriages
A positive start!
February Alpine recce with Chris
February recce - Dalescape
But today is spring-like at Oxenhope Station - we've lost Frank already
Having climbed above the Worth Valley, we start to cross Haworth Moor . . .
and the moorland goes on - hard work
Local reservoirs are filled from the water courses we are walking towards
Shelter for coffee time (with Frank at last!)
Moorland track to Harbour Lodge
Reaching the watershed west of Oxenhope Stoop, the rain starts
Lunch now at the impressive water courses . . .
not quite as miserable as we look!
Not the day for a dip
So much local industrial history on the wild moors
Water courses to rival Madeira's levadas!
February recce - water courses, parallel footprints
February recce - water courses, who was here first
February recce - icicles
Walk over, refreshed, we inspect the engine shed - what a playground . .
for all ages
Beautifully renovated - the dedication of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway buffs