Sunday, 1st May 2016

Walk: High Green, Keelham, Bell House and Erringden Moors, Great Jumps, Old Chamber, Crow Nest Wood, Fairfield, Horsehold Road and Wood, Pinnacle Lane, Swillington, Stoodley Pike, Withens Gate, Te Deum stone, Red Dykes, Withens Clough Reservoir. Stretches of the Calderdale Way, the Pennine Way and the Pennine Bridleway.
Start Point: Withens Clough Reservoir CP Grid Reference: SD 987 232
Distance: 8.75 miles Ascent: 1,100 feet
Time: 5.25 hours
Weather: Fine at the start but light rain started as we crossed Erringden Moor. The rain continued for the rest of the walk, and was accompanied by a strong  head  wind as we crossed the edge from Stoodley Pike to Withens Gate.

19 walkers. It speaks volumes for the resilience and loyalty of the Sunday Moderate Group, that after the trauma of Easter Sunday over Great Hill, they entrusted themselves to the same leadership team! This was particularly so as when we last attempted to lead a walk from this car park it had been closed by Yorkshire Water for work on the reservoir overflow. There was a certain sense of déjà vu when we reccied our planned walk to include Cragg Vale, only to discover that the concessionary footpath along a water collection channel on Turley Holes Edge had been close by Yorkshire Water because of two winter landslides. SD 993 229(see photo). The walk we ended up doing was the one we should have done six years we do get there eventually.
Conditions underfoot were generally good, apart from some moorland bog-hopping, despite snowfall a couple of days earlier. Visiblity deteriorated as the day progressed so the views were nowhere near as good as they could have been. Most of the photos are from the reccie, the exception being the one on Horsehold Road. Given the rain and wind, and despite the offer of torches, no-one climbed the Stoodley Pike Monument.

View towards Cragg Vale from the car park

The two landslips which have closed the concessionary path under Turley Holes Edge

Hill Top Farm overlooks Cragg Vale

Looking across the valley to Heptonstall

Hebden Bridge from Crow Nest Wood

Climbing Horsehold Road

This bridge carried the Pennine Bridleway to join our route

Stoodley Pike Monument as seen from near Swillington

We had good weather for the reccie. This is the Pennine Way heading north

Stoodley Pike from near Withens Gate

The Te Deum stone is at the highest point on the old packhorse trail from Mankinholes to Cragg Vale and was a resting place for coffins being taken for burial

Withens Clough Reservoir

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