Wednesday, 11th March 2015

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
Time: 4.5 hours
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
Comments:
February’s recce was difficult with snow and the forecast today was poor, but the outcome for ten Fylde Ramblers was an interesting and varied walk in Bronte country, seeing the “Yorkshire Levadas”, man-made water courses to rival those of Madeira (I’m told).
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

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