|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|
|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).
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.
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