Sunday, 3rd September 2017

Walk:

Calderdale Way, Hot Stones Hill, Standing Stone Hill, Gorple Lower Reservoir, Pennine Bridleway, Calder/Aire Link, Walshaw Dean Middle Reservoir, Pennine Way, High Rakes, Calder/ Aire Link, Crimsworth Dean, New Bridge

Start Point: Hebden Bridge, roadside Grid Reference: SD 997 269
Distance: 15 miles Ascent: 2,340 feet
Time: 6 hours
Weather: Mainly fine with a cool breeze and a spot of rain
Comments:

Once we got parked! We set off walking through Hebden Bridge to a steep path which climbed up through Eaves Wood onto the cliffs above. From here there were clear views across to Stoodley Pike monument and to the open moors ahead. The path crossed farm land to join the Pennine Way up to Hot Stones Hill where we stopped for a deserving tea / coffee break. From here we left the Pennine Way to cross rough boggy grassland up to Standing Stone Hill.  

Leaving Standing Stone Hill we followed the Pennine Bridleway past Gorple Lower Reservoir to join the Pennine Way again leading up to Walshaw Dean Middle Reservoir.

We left the Pennine way here and followed a track leading past a shooting hut which made a perfect lunch stop with beautiful views over Walshaw Dean Middle & Upper Reservoirs with all the heather in full bloom.

We continued along the Dean Gate track passing over High Rake and down to Walshaw Farm. From here we followed the Calder / Aire Link east to the Crimsworth Dean Beck valley where we joined a track leading down to New Bridge and then on to Hebden Bridge

Plaque at the entrance to Calder Holmes Park where the trees . . .

have now matured into a large avenue
leading into the park from Station Road.

A steep, stepped climb soon gives us good views into the valley . . .

and craggy rocks loom large . . .

as we continue upwards . . .

and along the path to spot a vantage point . . .

with Stoodley Pike in the distance

Keeping an eye on the vegetation . . .

but these two need to be kept behind bars . . .

with those scary faces!

Standing Stones Hill

Keeping an eye on the leader

Gorple Lower Reservoir . . .

looking rather empty

Walshaw Dean Lower Reservoir . . .

and Walshaw Dean Middle Reservoir . . .

where we stop for lunch with Walshaw Dean Upper Reservoir just in view

Robb checks out . . .

a smart grouse butt . . .

setting a trend for the men to try another one . . .

before the group checks out the 'posh' one

We are lucky to spot a heron . . .

which remains still long enough to zoom in for a close shot

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