Sunday, 12th June 2016

Walk: Oxenhope, Upper Marsh disused quarries, Bronte Waterfalls, Bronte Bridge, Top Withins, Oxenhope Stoop, man-made water courses to ascend Nab Hill and return to Oxenhope by Leeming Reservoir and Back Leeming
Start Point: Oxenhope Railway Station, West Yorkshire Grid Reference: SE 032 353
Distance: 14.5 miles Ascent: 1,700 feet
Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: Dull and overcast with thunderstorms forecast. The reality was a dry morning, mild rain in the afternoon, so we felt we had escaped lightly!

Oxenhope is the home of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, famous for The Railway Children (and Jenny Agutter’s knicker-waving).
Today’s walk evolved from shorter walks but was a mile longer than intended due to ‘amendments’ as the walk progressed and with a little exploring along the way.

Nine Ramblers were disappointed that the Ramblers Lancashire Walks Festival, 4th-12th June and concluding today, brought in no new faces as the final event on the programme.

At the disused quarries, I had followed the progress, since Easter weekend, of the temporary buildings erected for the filming of a new BBC One drama, scripted by Sally Wainwright to mark the bicentennial five year celebrations of the Bronte siblings, Anne, Charlotte, Emily and Branwell.
Continuing the literary theme to the Bronte Bridge and waterfalls, then on to Top Withins, thought to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.
Crossing the open moorland, we passed Oxenhope Stoop to cross persistent bogs to reach and follow the man made water courses feeding the local reservoirs.
The unpopular post-lunch sting in the tail was the ascent of Nab Hill, to follow the ridge, rich with cairns, shelters and evidence of moorland industry to drop down to Oxenhope once again, coinciding with steam activity at the station, prompting a deluge of nostalgia!

Leaving Oxenhope, the recent sunshine and rain have made the paths and byways luxuriant

Good Friday 2016- a new building at the disused quarries

June 4 2016 The temporary buildings have morphed into a Bronte village

Today, filming must be over as there are signs of the buildings being deconstructed, this being endorsed by another onlooker

Towards the Bronte waterfalls we encounter the Yorkshire Husky Meet

Elevenses at the Bronte Bridge by the waterfalls

Top Withins, first view, thought to be the farm on which Emily Bronte based Wuthering Heights

Valley view from Top Withins

Ian reaches Oxenhope Stoop first...

followed by a motley group of bog-dodgers

Lunch at the water courses as rain threatens

The water courses run extensively along the moorland

On top of Nab Hill there is a variety of cairns and shelters (recce)

Last view of the water courses as we head back to Oxenhope

Our amended route takes us past this lovely old cemetery

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