Sunday, 1st April 2018

Walk: Pennine Way, Walshaw Dean Reservoir, Withins Heights, Top Withins, Bronte Bridge, Bronte Falls, Leeshaw Reservoir, Calder/Aire Link, Walshaw
Start Point: Gorple Reservoir Car Park Grid Reference: SD 947 323
Distance: 14 miles Ascent: 2,100 feet
Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: An overcast but largely dry day with one brief snow flurry
Comments:

Five walkers joined the leader for this walk and were rewarded with a good day contrary to the weather forecast. The walk initially followed the Pennine Way passing the three Walshaw Dean reservoirs and Top Withins to Upper Heights farm. At this point we left the Pennine Way to descend into the valley of South Dean Beck. Climbing past the Bronte Falls we crossed Haworth Moor to join the Millenium Way. Passing Leeshaw reservoir we followed the Calder/Aire Link through Walshaw to New Laithe farm. At this point we left the link to follow a footpath through Black Dean to Ridge Scout where the Pennine Way was joined again for the return to the start.

Walking along the embankment of . . .

Walshaw Dean Lower Reservoir . . .

then beside Walshaw Dean Middle Reservoir . . .

which we can look back on . . .

as we head along the Pennine Way . . .

to reach Withins Height End (Withins spelt differently on the map to the ruins - Withens)

Reaching Top Withens . . .

we take time to check out the information board . . .

and the plaque on the side of the building

Inside the ruins Robb finds out more . . .

about the history of the buildings . . . (note the spelling on this board)

while Ray peeps through the window

With the Bronte Bridge and Waterfalls in sight . . .

we spot a good vantage point for our morning break . . .

and to zoom in on the waterfalls

The Bronte Bridge crosses South Dean Beck

That way!

which climbs beside . . . .

the waterfall

A hen with a difference . . .

and a smart looking cockerel attract our attention

Leeshaw Reservoir . . .

is our next point of interest . . .

before stopping for lunch on Top of Stairs

St Ives - really!

The small hamlet of Walshaw

Return to 2018 Diary