Grindleford Derbyshire

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Grindleford Station

THURSDAY – Starting at the station. This is a circular walk of about 6.5 miles going to the ‘flat top hills’ of Carl Walk & Higger Tor.

Visting: Owler Tor, Mother Cap and Burbage Rocks.

 

 

 

 

Grindleford Station Cafe      Grindleford Spring Water

Totley TunnelPassing the station and over the bridge where the railway line enters the Totley Tunnel, go straight on up bearing to the left hand path, take the signpost way and then straight up the forested hill to the top. Emerging onto a flat area with the Mother cap rock in the distance.

Pictorial shots of the route:

 

Padley Gorge @ Grindleford

Padley Gorge @ Grindleford

 

 

Sign Pagley Gorge

Twisted trees Grindleford

Twisted trees Grindleford

 

Padley Gorge Sign - NT

 

Passing the Dynamite Store - Padley Gorge

Passing the Dynamite Store – Padley Gorge

Twisting Trees - Padley Gorge - GRINDLEFORD

Twisting Trees – Padley Gorge

Up There! Scrambling Up

At the top its straight through Lawrence Field on toward the hill on the horizon: Mother Cap.

Top of Padley Gorge UP from Grindleford  Lawrence Field

The Shrew shrew

The little injured shrew we found (Mike holding it – but he leaves our story here). At the road reaching Owler Tor: great views of the valleys beneath, we go right along the road, crossing at the car park and taking the path through the forest rising up:

Road @ Owler Rocks Crossing

forest towards the big rock - Mother Cap Forest Rocks

Bending Trees Round Stonned Hole

At the top: emerging into the rock field we came across photographers filming a model on the rocks (a very cold and windy day):

A Model @ the Rocks She's A Model On The Rocks

Filming the Model Back Model Rock

And the model, she leaves our story here. And we reach MOTHER CAP:

Mother Cap -big rock - Grindleford - Derbyshire Mother Cap Rock Derbyshire

 

Now at the top we go left along the ridge, passing strange rock formations, and yes Mother cap leaves our story here…

Towards the flat top hill

On to the flat top hills

 

 

Detour left

Detour left to first flat top

Crossing the bogg

Crossing the bogg

Hill Fort

Hill Fort

Hill Fort entrance stones Carl Walk - Hill Fort

Carl Walk Hill Fort and ancient settlement and sacred site.

 

 

Geology Walk: Settle April 2015

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Geology-walk-start- Settle StationSettle Station meeting for a Geology Walk around Settle: snow capped Pen-y-Ghent in the distance. Settle website.

Settle sits at a seat of very ancient fault lines.

 

View of the town from Castleberg Rock:

SETTLE

At the back of the Town we took the road up the hill passing this imposing old building housing the museum: Its original name was Tanner House but as nobody ever lived in it its nickname became The Folly. It was built by rich local landowner Richard Preston between 1675 & 1679.

Dales Advert Van Museum - Settle

 

Talbot Arms Settle  Walking up a hill in Settle

Mounted into the wall is a Sign Post stone:

Old Stone SignPost Old Stone Sign-post in Wall

The stone once stood around here in older times and is now incorporated into the wall.

Albert Hill Settle Towards the Pinfold settle

At the top of Albert hill we fork to the right and looking over the wall to view the fields that were cultivated in the Medieval fields: middle ages ridges and furrows:

Middle Ages - Old Field strips Medieval fields - ridges and furrows

Then going along to the Pinfold turning left and up the steep hill:

Pinfold - Settle

 

A Pinfold is an animal pound, a holding area for stray or confiscated animals (i.e. for none payment of local fines).

They are now often listed buildings and can be found all over Great Britain.

 

 

Going up to the top of the hill, leaving the road and going through a gate, entering a field and going up the steep slop to the wall.

up th' hill Colapsed wall Settle

At the base of these walls you can see very large none dressed boulders and stones, these are Medieval field walls, which were later built upon with newer dressed stones; so the criss-cross fields of England are very ancient.The hills in the distance denote the marker line of one type of geology from another. Those hills are ancient seafloors and coral reefs!

Ancient walls - modern stones on top - settle Medieval & more modern stone walls - Settle

Walkers and walls Settle Lambert Lane

Going along the natural grass path after a short while emerging at a wall and through a gate turning left and up along the old track-way of Lambert Lane; up to the road:

Up Lambert Lane Settle Lambert Lane meets the B road

Rejoining the top end of Albert Hill (Road) and turning left at the junction with High Hill Lane (Direction Long Preston) going up the hill, (Stockdale Lane) and where the road turns to the right going straight on over the style/ or gate. But before that and at that road junction our walk leader gave us information about the area:

High Hill lane ahead Dr David Johnson explains the topography

Dr. David Johnson explains the topology and geology of this location. The hills behind in the picture run along ancient multiple timelines of fault-lines and were once the seabed. The hills and the routes between them have been heavily eroded over the millennia.

Geology Walk map Settle

Tuesday April 28th 2015   Decoding the Landscape   Settle-Carlisle walking festival.
Dr David Johnson of Ingleborough Archaeology Group on a circular walk following the Settle Geology Trail to Attermire Scar and Winskill and interpreting geology including the Craven Fault system and its impact on the present landscape, cave archaeology and settlement from late prehistory to the medieval period. The walk is steep in parts and will ‘stop and start’ as Dr Johnson interprets this fascinating area.

 

Gate Stockdale Lane Settle

 

Straight on up the grassy slope to the Style in the wall and continuing up and over to reach open countryside, with magnificent views ahead.

 

 

 

 

Great Views ahead - Settle Sugar Loaf Hill Settle

The green hill in front is called Sugar Loaf Hill, a mere pinprick compared to the mountainous one with a cable car going up it in Rio de Janeiro. That shape was the way that sugar was tipped and formed in the scales and measured in days of the past. This one is made from coral it was once a coral reef. Moving on past the Sugar Loaf Hill and down the field facing Warrendale Knotts approaching Attermire Scar:

Going past Sugar Loaf Hill settle Great View - Warrendale Knotts - Settle

Warrendale Knotts the rounded (eroded) hill tops in the distance are the remains of an ancient Coral Reef, becoming compressed limestone. Limestone mining is still a big enterprise in the Settle area. The small valleys between the row of hilltops have been more eroded than other areas giving the topography we see today. The uplift of the land into hills from the seabed was caused by shifting plate tectonics and multiple fault lines pushing up the ground. Its still an ongoing process but far less violent than those ancient days. Though the gate down the field to a style turning left and along the wall towards Langcliffe Scar

Towards Warrendale-Knotts- and - Langcliffe Scar Langcliffe Scar

Towards - Langcliffe Scar Settle

 

Going along a slight downwards incline, along the wall with the Warrendale Knotts high above (unseen) and on the left of this picture, heading for a gap, a valley on the left the passage between Warrendale Knotts and Attermire Scar we come across some rusty old iron plates:

 

 

Steel Plates WW! targets - Settle WW1 Gunnery Targets - Settle

These rusted steel plates were used as targets for gunnery practice in WW1 Training.

Gunnery At Buckhaw Brow.

Pressing on in the rain turning left into the passage between Warrendale Knotts and Attermire Scar, crossing over the wall by the style, heading up the path to emerge into more open country onwards towards Victoria cave:

Approaching the Warrendale Knotts and Attermire Scar passage - Settle going to Victoria cave

Cup and Ring Round Stone

 

Then on the right we found a stone lying flat on the ground with Cup & Ring markings upon it.

Evidence of Neolithic man being in this area.

Then following the obvious track along the wall to Victoria Cave:

 

 

Wall and Wire nr Victoria Cave settle Victoria cave - Settle

Victoria Cave - Attermire Scar - Settle

VICTORIA CAVEhippos, rhino’s, elephants and hyenas were just some of the bones found in this cave, these animals lived here in the Upper Pleistocene interglacial period when the climate was much warmer and the area was lower than it is today. Also it was nearer the equator, and today’s location of the UK has drifted far north due to tectonic plate movement. In a later period brown bears and reindeer were in the vicinity; an 11 thousand year old antler harpoon tip was one of the finds in the cave.

Ancient man probably dwelled here and the Romans thought it a sacred site as their offerings were found in the cave: brooches and coins. These were found by Tot Lord who also unearthed a 8 foot giant skeleton at Buckhaw Brow.

Over There

 

Over there… the huge disused quarry and to the right an amazing flat-bed of limestone.

We then continued along the wall to a style and straight over the track into the field and along to the road and turning to the right along the road

(over the cattle grid.

 

Wire and Wall walking to the shell wall

Ancient Coral Reef Wall Ancient Coral Reef Wall - signpost

At Winskill: The wall here was dynamited to expand the access around the road and the cattle grid. This has exposed the ancient coral and lots of shells:

Pointing out the coral Coral Reef Rock

White Farm White Ingleborough

 

White farmhouse with snow capped Ingleborough in the distance. Apparently the farmer has a lot of recovered artefacts from various finds and geology digs in the area.

Turning back along and down the road in the direction of Settle and crossing the gate into the field with the forest ahead:

 

Forest Settle Clay Pits Forrest

From here we just followed the obvious path and track down to Settle.

Down to Settle Cirlcular Lichen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long Preston to Settle

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LONG  PRESTON station is the start of this walk which takes you through a valley along the river and to Settle with amazing views of the changing geology of the landscape.

From the station; walk up to the main road. Left takes you to the village centre and the May Pole, right takes you to the old church and on to the route of this walk (apx 6 miles) .

Road Sign Long Preston St Mary the Virgin

Saint Mary The Virgin parish church:

St Mary's Long Preston - window 1 St Mary's Long Preston - window 3 St Mary's Long Preston - window 4

Jean – Baptiste Capronnier: Stained Glass Windows

Follow the road to the left hand side of the church and again immediately left again and up the hill.

MAP - Long Preston to Settle

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  28 April – 4 May is the time of the Settle area Walking Festival.

  May the first for the May Pole Dance.

  At the top of the road up the small hill, leaving the church you reach a    cross-roads at the school, here you turn left:

  Wall @ St Mary's - Long Preston

The view behind – leaving the church. The view ahead and up the hill:

Country Road - Long Preston Langber Lane - signpost

  Turning to the right at the hilltop (and school) and taking the road to Langber lane.

Misty Trees - Long Preston

The tarmac road runs out at the Langbar Lane and junction with the turning on the right to a farm. Go straght along and down the winding lane to the wooden bridge over the river. Above is a strange circular wall encapsulating a deep water filled ‘sink hole’, to the right along the river is the route to Otterburn, to the left the valley and our route to Settle.

Three Pine Trees

River - Long Preston

With the river on the left we continue along the grassy pathway:

Style Yorkshire Wild Flowers - April - 1

Yorkshire wild flowers APRIL:

Yorkshire Wild Flowers - April - 2 Yorkshire Wild Flowers - April

Yorkshire Wild Flowers - April - 3 WILD FLOWER FINDER

Continuing along the riverside path, over the wooden bridge and turning to the right: ahead – through the gate and up the grassy hill:

Wooden Bridge UpHill

There is a clear path over the top, eventually bending around and up above the beck below. Geology; humped mounds formed by glacial activity?

Tre Shadow Along the Beck

Fording the Beck - Long PrestonThe track leads down to the beck and here you have to cross… then go through a gate. Looking back – the weathered sign to Long Preston:

Weatherd Long Preston sign

At this point you emerge onto a tarmac road go along it to the left towards the Pine tree forest – where in April the Ladybirds are emerging:

Road & Forest  LadyBirds hatching in Pines

Keeping on the road the view abruptly changes with first views of the distant hills and completely changed geology:

Distant change in geology

The geology of the hills in front are very ancient – GEOLOGY website. The views are magnificent… but to the left an eyesore, someone has chopped down an entire forest without leaving the edges with a covering line of trees. This leaves the view to one side looking like the Tunguska devastation. It will take forty years to grow more trees.  Hopefully low bushes will be sooner. Makes you wonder why this was allowed to be left like this:

Forest Gone 1 Forest Gone 2

A Much better view ahead:

Ingleborough rising above the clouds

Ingleborough rising above the clouds

You can see at this point on this road that the geology of the hill in front are quit different, more ancient, a fault line must be here. That’s Ingleborough above the clouds and another of the ‘three peaks’ Pen-y-gent, is hidden behind the nearer front hills.

Continuing along the road>

Road to Hills Road to the hills bk Settle

Eventually the road ends where it meets the ‘b’ road between Settle and Mallom, here turn left and just there over the bridge is a fabulous waterfall:

Waterfal Top Waterfal btm

Back to the road after visiting the waterfall heading towards Settle (left) and soon you reach a joining road to the right with a stop sheep enclosure just over the wall:

Sheep Pen settle Sheep Pen Settle (Vet)

Lane Sign

Lambert lane is just along the road, turn into it and follow it down to a left hand bend, and just after the bend there is a gate in the wall and a sign to Settle. Walking along Lambert Lane such a brilliant stillness was present; was it due to the weather changing. Was it because of the geology. Was it because of my own state of mind?

LAMBERT LANE Lambert Lane (2)

 To Settle on Lambert LaneGo through the gate then follow this grassy route to Settle.

On this occasion we met the farmer. He had to drive his vehicle through the gate but all the sheep were following it and would have got out. So he took the empty plastic feed bag away from the gate,  all the pregnant sheep – they wanted a second feed – followed him. Then when far enough from the gate he rushed to his car and drove through.

Farmer with Sheep Settle Farmer and sheep

Farmer decoying sheep Far enough away sheep

The grassy path leads downward you go over a style:

Style to Settle Wiggly Wall Settle tops

After a while you reach a downwards slopping field which leads into a walled road (there is a deep quarry here). Go down to the houses below and turn left towards Settle passing the Pinfold picnic area:

Path outskirts of settle Settle and sign

Down the lane into Settle>

Old Bldg Settle SETTLE

PHOTO’s of LONG PRESTON MAY 2nd 2015

The Long Man of Long Preston

The Long Man of Long Preston

Archiology dig Long Preston

Archaeology dig Long Preston

 

Long Preston MAYPOLE in the rain 2015

Long Preston MAYPOLE in the rain 2015

 

MAYPOLE VIDEO

Norwood Green to Brighouse

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Norwood Green War Memorial plus route description to Brighouse - Calderdale Way

Fairley short aprox 4 .5 Miles and not many interesting things to see on this short stretch of the Calderdale Way.

Setting out on a cold icy and windy morning on the last day of January 2015.

Along the road from the Old White Beare pub the road turns to the left: ROOKES LANE at the war memorial garden.

 

Norwood Green War Memorial Rookes Lane - Norwood Green

Its just a few short yard to a children’s playground on your left and a Calderdalw Way sign to the left, go along the short road to an iron gate:

CALDERDALE WAY - Norwood Grean Iron Gate

An old house and a very muddy path:

Old House - Norwood Green Muddy Path

Muddy Way

 

The track is incredibly muddy after rain, so you need boots and gaiters if such weather conditions apply. The path ahead goes over a railway bridge. Turning into an open field you walk along towards the main road you will see in the distance.

 

 

Nordgreen - nurseries - Calderdale Way

 

In the distance you will see the bridge that used to carry an old railway line over the road, some days (weekends) there is a riffle range shooting away. You go through a style and cross the busy main road to a signpost and continue into a field around the side of the Garden centre.

 

Cut Off Bridge

Bridge with missing end

 

Hilltop - Horses - Calderdale Way

Hilltop – Horses – Calderdale Way

Going through a wooden style, go to the left, with a forested area with the stream on your left,  to a bridge:

Bridge into Bailiff Bridge

Going straight over the bridge and through the gap in the houses (New Housing estate), into the little village of Bailiff bridge.

Housing Gap - Bailiff Bridge

Bailiff Bridge sign

The Village was once dominated by a set of huge carpet mills: Firth’s Carpets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WAR MEMORIAL - Bailiff bridge Tram men to war - Bailiff bridge

 

Old Tram line Bailiff bridge

 

After passing through the housing estate, turn into the war Memorial Park.

Also the location for the Tram Stop for Bradford and Halifax that ran before World War 1.

Go to the main road and cross over at the traffic lights, going up on the road  in the direction of Cleckheaton.

 

The last carpets  in Bailiff Bridge

The last carpets in Bailiff Bridge

Calderdale Way on the road to Cleckheaton

Calderdale Way on the road to Cleckheaton

Birckhouse Lane

Now climbing up the steep Birkby Lane hill, rising up above bailiff bridge. Climbing up you will see a bridge over the road (disused railway) before reaching it turn right onto Birkhouse Road.

This Road approaches another bridge in front of you, but you turn left on a fork; going along this lane it eventually meets a gate with an old house on your right.

Over the old railway Old Rail Line

Here turn left and go up the hill and over the old disused railway and continue up to the where you will reach a junction ( road crossing): it has a signpost to the left again continuing along the Calderdale Way.

Map Map 2

Goats Road ahead

Calderdale way post

 

A straight road that dips in the distance and circles about a farm (Common End Farm) then goes up a steep hill.

At the top of the hill is a derelict Farm and an empty bungalow.

 

Common End Farm

Common End Farm

 

 

 

Derelict farm

Derelict Farm

Way-Sign - on StonePassing the derelict farm on the right and turning left, past an empty bungalow, and through the rusty gate/style immediately turning left to regain the Calderdale Way sigh painted onto a stone style. And going down hill along the like of Hawthorne trees, descending to a farm and a stream in the valley:

Rusty Gate

Path continues

 

 

 

 

 

 

Into the field and down under the power pylons, a view to the right of the outskirts of Brighouse.

 

 

Under The Pylons Outskirts of Brighouse - Calderdale Way

Hole Bottom Farm Stone Sign

 

 

At the bottom of the hill passing the stream you reach Hole Bottom Farm which is a horse ridding school and stables complex.

Reaching the road turn right down a slight incline, soon on your left you will see a sign with steep steps, go up, and along the tree lined field to the house at the top. Go through the wall gap onto the road and turn right… continuing along past several houses:

House with conservetary

The road winds around slightly descending, passing an old estate, with a gate entrance locked and closed, go past and here the view opens out with a large field on your right hand side with Brighouse spreading out below.

 

old wrought iron gates Open fields down to Brighouse  BRIGHOUSE

You can see the white towers of the Sugdens old flour mill now converted to the ROKT Climbing Gym. Walk down to the forest. You reach a wall with a path down into the valley/forest, ignor this and turn sharp left and follow this walled path right along until it exits down steps to the main road.

Forest & Valley entrance wall Walled path to Brighouse

It was here along this path that a large Roebuck deer leaped out from the trees and over the wall just a few yards in front. Amazing site, to quick to photograph.

Emerging at the road with the sandwich hut in front go to the right and cross over the road to Alegar Street and go down it to the bottom and turn sharp right:

Sanwich shop Alegar Street Brighouse

The way through the outskirts backstreet’s of Brighouse zig-zags, left at Grove Street, Armitage Road and into Mill Lane until you see the main town centre roundabout.

Grove Street

Grove Street – Brighouse

 

 

Armitage Road Mill Lane

Barge Pub Brighouse

 

 

 

 

 

Todmorden To Blackshaw Head

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Todmorden: bourders Yorkshire - Lancashire

Todmorden: bourders Yorkshire – Lancashire

 

This walk can follow on from the first Todmorden walk: Todmorden Town centre to Ewood Hall (A646).

First some views of the Town and a local hero:

 

Todmorden Town Hall

By Industry we prosper, flower garden for bees: By Industry We Prosper -motifs at the Canal in the Town:

The Bee-holder of Todmorden

The Bee holder of Todmorden

 

Honey Bee TodmordenPower of Flowers - Todmorden

Waggle Dance - TodmordenBy Industry We Prosper - TODMORDEN

Toy and Model Museum - Todmorden

 

The Todmorden Toy and Model Museum.

 

A fantastic place of toy and model nostalgia, hosted by a most congenial gentleman. A great book shop next door with a good pub next door to that.

Lore of the Land - Todmorden     Town Hall rear - Todmorden

Lyalls Bookshop                                       Town Hall: rear

Logo -Calderdale Way Marker  Walking out of town to the CALDERDALE WAY.

Railway Arch Todmorden

 

Roman Hill Fort - Todmorden

Is that an ancient Roman Hill Fort up there on the moor?

To get to the start, go through the park along the main Burnley road (A646) under the railway arch road bridge:

Centre Vale Park Todmorden

Centre Vale Park Todmorden

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Fielden

John Fielden – statue in Centre Vale Park Todmorden

The Fieldens of Todmorden

You can learn the industrial heritage of Todmorden in this great book: The Feildens of Todmorden.

 

 

 

Feilden Hall Todmorden

Feildens Hall Todmorden

Feildens School window                    Feildens School Todmorden - glass window

Elwood Lane Todmorden The start begins near the Feilden Hall on Ewood Lane; cross over the A646 to Stoney Royd Lane, and go up and along and through the railway tunnel. Its a walk of 7-8 miles.

Stoney Royd Lane Todmorden - Calderdale Way

Then you are on a road that goes up passing Stannaly Farm; it winds round and up until the forested route opens up to moorland vistas:

Emerging onto the moor

Todmorden To Blackshaw HeadThe route bends to the right, behind you can see the Orchan Rocks:

Orchan Rocks

Fading route sign - Calderdale Way

The stone walled route passes a stone farm house Stannaly Farm and continues to rise up,

Derelict farm buildings

Eventually reaching a T junction: go to the right:

To the Rocks Whirlaw Stones

Here you pass the Stannaly Stones up above, with curios shapes and features:

Stannely Rocks: The Stegosaurus  - Calderdale Way

Stannely Rocks: The Stegosaurus – Calderdale Way

 

Stoned Path Passing Whirlaw Stones

Heavily Worn Stoned Path Calderdale Way - above Todmorden

 

The heavily worn stoned path  above Todmorden and rounding the stones above (ancient Roman Hill Fort?) the view opens up, passing a gate with distance views of Stoodley Pike.

Gate and distant Studdley Pike

Roman Hill Fort Matching Colours - Farm and Cow - Todmorden

The path reaches a gate and style which begins to descend into a forested area with a walled path.

Style and Gate Very Mushroomed Tree

Descending Walled Path - Calderdale Way Todmorden through the trees

Distant views of Todmorden below through the trees over Hole Bottom. You reach a three option set of paths one the lager runs down towards the town, another smaller walled stoned pat is straight across, ignoring both turn to the left passing the cottagers and go straight on up, along the border of the Todmorden Golf Course.

Todmorden Golf Club Clock

Tod Golf Club

Elephant Weather

Passing the Todmorden Golf Club you emerge at Broad Ing Top Farm: with Deer!

Red Berries Todmorden Deer Farm

 

Continue and cross over the Road at West Hey Head Farm:
West Hey Head

 

Wall Sign Caldedale Way

A Deer View - Calderdale Way Style - Higher Birks Calderdale WayHigher Birks view of Stoodley Pike

Going on through Higher Birks. Great views of Stoodley Pike here are round Earth workings:

High Birks Earth Works - Calderdale Way

Here you come to a double set of styles crossing through a deep depression line. Passing on along a wall towards a house on your left. Go straight on passing the cottages:

arrow pointer stone cottagesSCN7056

 

The path leads to a second deep depression to cross over.

Red Berries and Stoodley Pike Calderdale

stream

The route now enters a wooded area with a small stream flowing through, cross over emerging into a hilly area take the route up to your right up a steep hill and follow the track skirting the house emerging out the other end, here there is a Calderdale Way post indicating straight on through the upwards inclined field to a walled area.

Calderdale Way Post

 

The path merges with another above and you go along a wall and cross a style into a walled pathway eventually emerging onto a road with a signpost:

 

Pike & Post

Turn right and up the road to the T junction turn right and carry on to the GREAT STONE:

Great Rock - Calderdale Way

 

Great Rock Top Rock-Pool - Calderdale Way

 

To be continued –  going on the track past and at the back of the Great Rock – down to Hippins Bridge past the old house and up to Blackshaw head….

 

 

Going along you next pass the Whirlay Stones.

Pecket Well to Jerusalem Farm – Calderdale Way

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You can take a scenic bus ride directly from Halifax railway station to Pecket Well.

Jews Ear Mushroom

Jews Ear Mushroom: on a tree near Hebden Bridge Station

 

Off the bus; at Pecket Well and take the left hand fork in the road:

Pecket Well

A6033 Keithly Road @ Pecket Well

The Route

 

The black stone pyramidal pointed monolith: Wadsworth War Memorial above Pecket Well Clough is just below on the left.

In the direction towards Hebden Bridge, go left on Akroyd Lane and along to Shawcroft Lane.

Great views on your right below.

Walk along the tarmac road until you reach Shawcroft Hill a road on your left:

DSCN7478 Shaw Croft Hill

Mullion Widows on Farm House

 

You will See Shaw Croft at the top of the road, and go to the left passing the last house and up the path, which emerges onto a road and a junction:

Shaw Croft - Calderdale Way Bins and sign

 

Take the road on the right continuing right up to the moor at the very top of this road which becomes a grassy path at the top.

Stoned Bins

Stoned Bins: to stop the wind opening the lids

 

Path to the Moor

 

Old Calderdale Way sign post

 

Go right up to the top and take the right hand path, first hugging the wall until you reach a sign indicating the direction becomes slightly diagonal at the edge of the moor.

 

Local Bus for Local People

 

On your right you will pass a farm that is also a ridding school. And down there you can see the winding road: and a local bus for local people.

In the far distance, the view: you can see Studley Pike, past the farm and the reservoir:

Farm, Reservoir, distant Pike - Calderdale Way Reservoir Calderdale

Toadstools and Sheep dung

Heading along you come to a wooden gate. Then on the path becomes a rough road. You walk on towards the house:

Pheasant

Moorside path

Moorland House -Calderdale Way

Reaching an iron gate you go through near the house but then immediately turn to the left and rise up diagonally across the field (an unclear track).

Joining a wider path edging the moor and going through a gate.

 

sign Birds nesting

The view looking back the way we came from the upwards turn at the house:

View looking back

Now we go forwards into open moorland through a heather bordered path Midgley Moor, to the the Neolithic standing stone called: Churn Milk Joan:

Supposedly a milk maid who lost her way up here and was turned to stone.

Open Moorland

Churn Milk Joan - Calderdale Way

The Light and Churn Milk Joan - Calderdale Way

Path down from Churn Milk Joan - Calderdale WayTaking the steep downwards path, the route is easy to follow as it has multiple marker posts all the way along.

You come to a fork, a path going further down, another branching straight on to the left with a wall, take this route, along the baseline of the moor:

Baseline of the moor Misty Valley

 

Keep right on following the path, it arcs around in a semi circle, eventually to a gate:

Flooded gate

 

There is a route going down on the right, ignore it and continue onwards to the walled path across in the distance.

 

 

Distant castle Continuing along the bottom edge of the moor, with great views on the right hand side; even a castle in the far distance shrouded in woods (binoculars required!)

 

 

The route is now continuing around Midgley Moor and above the Luddenden Valley. Megalithic sites on Midgley Moor.

Consulting another Map route book:

Next Page - Map

Wooden sign - Calderdale Way

 

Row of cottages - Calderdale Way Luddenden

The view below, rows of cottages in the Luddenden valley. The track curves around following the valley ridge, showing below the arable land and the delineation of the Moor:

Cottages

Track Curves

Green Wall Luddenden Valley Calderdale Way

 

A style and turn left on the descending road:

Style out from Midgley moor top of Leddenden Valley Road descends

The walled round curves around, keep turning to the right ignoring the branch lane to the left go on until you reach a left turn: DRY CARR LANE. Go down this lane you will see houses on the left:

Dry Carr Lane Houses at Dry Carr

You go along the road, High House Lane; passing the houses, but turning into the drive and down to the parking area and through a Calderdale Way marked stone passage/style into an open field descending to a style near an old Oak tree.

Oak tree passage Long Walk Home

Descend on this road to Jerusalem farm. Here the Calderdale Way continues down into the valley and up the other side.

I carried on down the road and up passing through Booth and on along the road to catch a bus on the main road as the buses from Booth are hourly weekdays and longer on weekends.

Down To Jerusalem - Calderdale Yellow Fern in forest

Holly in a Tree Walk past the Jerusalem Farm building and cottages:

Jerusalem Farm sign

Jerusalem Farm and cottages

Stand out tree Big Trees

Down the Hill

 

The road descends through a forest and down below on the left is the small hamlet of Wade Bridge.

Wade Bridge

Wade Bridge – Upper Luddenden Valley – Calderdale

Booth Library and Bus Stop - Luddenden - Calderdale

At the end of Jerusalem Lane you turn up the hill, which leads down to Wade Bridge, go up the hill to Booth passing through the village. There is a bus service but its hourly. So its a twenty minute walk, down to the main road at Luddenden Foot were more frequent bus services operate on the main road (A 646).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catherine Slack to West Vale – Calderdale Way

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The start of this fairly short trip to West Vale is at the top of a hill at Catherine Slack right at the boundary of Queensbury. This walk is  about 4.5 miles. But beware there are very infrequent few if any buses back from West Vale!

A day when the blue skies turned milky white.

I took a bus from  Halifax bus station (going to Bradford) along the A647 getting of at Swales Moor Road.

Going along that for a hundred yards or so you reach Slack End , here opposite the buildings you go to the left through a style and onto a country path into the Shibden Valley:

Frozen Beer Bottle Halifax Ale

Frozen Halifax Ale on post here

Gate at Slack End - Catherine Slack Sunlight forrest - Calderdale Way - Shibden Valley

Follow the wall lined path. After rain this path becomes extremely muddy. A good pair of Hikers Gaiters is as essential as your boots.

Spray Planes

Early morning. Clear blue skies. Then the sky spraying planes arrive and begin their task. I watch them during this hike as their contrails become chemtrails as a contrail is water vapour; heat condensing to ice particles in cold air, normally lasting about ten minutes: these stay all day and criss-cross the skies from end to end, then the ‘vapour’ thins out, spreading and seemingly attracted to each other by some mysterious process…I have worked around aircraft, watched them for many years… this is NOT a normal aero engine exhaust. I observe them up there during this hike.

Pressing on: Mud gets even muddier, on this icy, semi-frozen, muddy way January 3rd 2015:

Muddy Holly trees - down the path

Going down in the valley…

Flat Top hill over to the right, with old workings on top. The path goes along forward and down until you reach a style in a wood, cross the stone steps down and continue:

Flat Top Hill Shibden Valley

On the opposite side of the valley a Flat Topped Hill

Holly covered Style

Holly covered Style

The path continues down an incline along a nasty barbed wire fence on your left.

Be careful both sides are barbed wire, easy to rip expensive hiking clothing here!

Barbed Wired Path

 

Picture: in the distance in a small (cops) (wood)

Ruins of Water Scout.

You reach another style, cross a small field keeping to the left and joining the path via a style with a descending route.

gate, style and flat top hill

Muddy HorsesBridge

Polluted water

You go down a steep hillside to reach a bridge over Shibden Brook: DON’T DRINK THE WATER! Go up the steps to join Simm Carr Lane, and going left to the houses.

Simm Carr Lne

The ornamental iron gates on one of the houses at Simm Carr:

Iron Bird Gate - Simm Carr gate

Iron Gates - Simm Carr

Taking the sign posted track on the left after the last house, go along the path seeking a style again on the left. If you miss it you come to a dead end but it also has a style, go over to the opposite corner of the field into a walled area again with a style cross over ant take the track along the fenced trees right up to the farm at the top of the hill. Go through the farmyard buildings to emerge out into a walled road:

Walled Farm Road Hot Shit

This is Paddock Road, it joins Cowling Lane, keep on going down to houses passing an antique lamp-post:

Old Lamppost Paddock Road

At the end of this lane the road turns to the right and up the hill. Go in the opposite direction left where almost immediately there is a style in the wall and a path going up the hill:

Frozen Track

The path eventually comes out at a concrete road with a house you go over the road to an entrance with several huge boulders:

Boulders entrance to the path

This path is covered in like a tunnel of Holly bushes and trees.

Holly Tunnel

The road passes a white farm house, with with distant views of Emley Moor TV tower in the far distance:

White Farm HouseEmly Moor

At the road cross directly over and through a style in a wall and into a field. Keeping the farm buildings to the right, going straight on headings for the wooded copse in the distance:

Dogs will be shotTowards the copse

Route through the Copse

Going through the style at the trees and along the path next to a wall, that comes out on a main road at Score Hill / Hud Hill:

Score Hill

Hud Hill

Go through the small housing estate of bungalows to the left, coming out at the main road and crossing over to the Duke of York Pub at West St Shelf. In front of the pub on the opposite side of the road is the Stone Chair both a seat and a sign post (erected in 1773).

Stone ChairDuke Of York Pub

Going along West Street passing the lines of cottages, on past the newer houses until you reach a school, Shelf Junior & Infants; just past here on the right hand side of the road, Shelf Hall Lane; there is a Calderdale Way sign and passage through the houses coming out at the main road.

Cottages Shelf Shel Passage - Calderdale Way

Shelf Hall Park

At the end of the passage (Snikert) you reach the main Halifax to Bradford Road. Go straight across into Bridle Style Road leading to Bridle Dean Lane with the park on the left.

Keep on Bridle Dean passing the Shelf Hall Car Park and on down the lane through a forested area, through a gate and out on a path in open countryside.

Back of Shelf Park

Cold Track

Frozen Buttercup Leaves

Frozen Buttercup Leaves

 

Signepost Shelf

 

Keep straight on until you reach a farmhouse with two walking path routes going left and right; take the right path over the wall style and go diagonally across the field.

 

Farm House wall styre

Across the field and down into the valley – a waterfall, a bridge and steps, cross and climb the steps, up.

Water fall Calderdale Way steps in shadow - Calderdale Way

House West Yorkshire Fence and gate - Calderdale Way

Leelwood House

 

At the top of the stone steps turn to the right and go past the large house: Leelhouse. Go through the spring lock gate and along the path:

Keep on the high pathway.

Spring lock gate Calderdale Way High path Calderdale Way

The path emerges into and open field, which you climb up to find a style further on passing under the electricity pylon wires and go into a wooded enclosed path with a barbed wire fence enclosing a field:

Path in Field wounded tree - barbed wire

 

Will the Sheep LOOK UP?

Pylons and Chemtrails

What’s so bad about blue skies?: Again the planes from earlier in this walk spread their exhaust trails across the skies ahead… above.

Route Sign Calderdale way nr Norwood Green

 

The path emerges into the small hamlet of Norwood Green.

And the only Pub in the village:

 

 

The Only Pub in the Village Old White Beare

 

No BootsThis pub is partially built with oak beams taken from a ship that was one that was readied to fight the Spanish Armada in 1588. I didn’t go in for a drink as they don’t have a vacuum cleaner, and I had very muddy boots, and I won’t walk about in a pub in stocking feet… but that’s just me.

Instead I watched the planes outside overhead spraying the skies with their chemtrails until all of them spread and joined and created a milky white sky, that was once that day beautifully blue.

CLIMATE ENGINEERING!

Chemtrail plane over Yorkshire SkyWall

 

White Out No More Blue Skies

 

White coverage of the skies

NO MORE BLUE SKY

The trails don’t diminish, they don’t contract: they expand! Contrails are ice particles formed by the engine water vapours rapidly freezing, only additive chemicals can make such exhaust trails linger. Find out more about Geo-engineering  and climate engineering (and chemtrails which is the descriptive word that agencies use to describe a hoax).

My eyes don’t deceive me, a hoax doesn’t show up in the skies almost daily now. What is falling down? What are we breathing?

Learn more see this:  WHY IN THE WORLD ARE THEY SPRAYING?

Sequel DVD What In The World Are They Spraying

GEOENGINEERING WATCH

THE SHEEP LOOK UP: Some young people are aware of the skies, they are not all constantly plugged into their Xboxes and mobiles and chirping for attention daily on Twitter and Facebook. Snorting white lines up their noses in more ways than one! These guys have made a Rap track about it:

THE SYLLABLE VILLAIN FEAT. MERE: WHITE LINES (CHEMTRAIL AWARENESS ANTHEM)

 

No bus back so I had to phone for a taxi.

Norwood Grn Bus Norwood Grn Bus times

 

 

 

 

 

Calderdale Way – TODMORDEN

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Todmorden SignStarting in Todmorden town centre. This walk goes up the hillside, a circular rout to emerge on the main Burnley (A646) road.

Todmorden - Stones Walk Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arriving in the town I headed off to see the Quaker Graveyard and look around the Church that has a huge black spire dominating the town on the hill in the Salford area. On a previous walk I had confused the route into Todmorden after coming down from Stoodly Pike through Lumbutts out along the long lane and instead of continuing, I took the Millennium Marked Calderdale Way at Croft Farm. So missing the Quaker graveyard.

 

Logo -Calderdale Way Marker

CALDERDALE WAY Logo

The Calderdale Way at some junctions can be extremely confusing, as one sign is known as the Link Path which links to others and to the nearest local transport (Bus). The other shown here is the onward route sign. Great idea in theory but in practice must lose lots of walkers.

You cant miss the tall blackened church spire behind the pub as you walk from the Town hall and the main roundabout along Rochdale Road:

 

 

Golden Lion Pub - TodmordenChurch Gargoyles - Todmorden

Spinning Sun Discs - Todmorden Church

Built by the sons of ‘Honest John’ Fielden it was modelled as a small cathedral in 14th century Gothic style. John Gibson being the architect (who had worked with Charles Barry on the Houses Of Parliament) had previously built for the brothers; the nearby Debroyd Castle. He later was responsible for the Town Hall and the Fielden’s school. The family dominated the town being rich farmers, mills and land owners.  “At the time when Henry VIII reigned there lived a Jeffrie ffielden a yeoman farmer.  His son James Fielden, also a yeoman farmer, had a daughter Elizabeth and she married her cousin Abraham Fielden.  Abraham was the son of Nicholas Fielden and Christobel Stansfield” – From the Fielden Society.

The church was opened in April 1869. Curiously inside the Todmorden Unitarian Church the large round stained glass window celebrates several spinning Sun motifs. Rather curios for a church? Somewhat reminiscent of other locations, with  Swastika like wheel spokes and resembling certain Masonic mandala likened ‘ sun’ iconography. Rotating 'Leaves' Todmorden Unitarian Church

On close inspection the ‘spinning arms’ are curved leaves, even so such symbolism has nothing that I can establish being associated with Christianity.

Walking up the steep lane past the church and just before open countryside,with rough moorland and the dominating Tower of Stoodly Pike (built 1815 commemorating the Battle of Waterloo and defeat of Napoleon.) There is a a location surrounded by huge Beech trees. It was a windy day but here it was peaceful and sheltered. This walled beach tree garden reminded me of the tree sanctuaries of the ancient Druids as detailed by Robert Graves in his book The White Goddess. Another to that is that Mytholmroyd poet Ted Hughes was a student and friend of Graves.  It is here that the Shrewbread Quaker Burial ground (1668) is located:

Quaker Burial Ground - Todmorden

Quaker Burial Ground (1668) Todmorden

Back down the hill to to town you come to Fielden Square with its mill machinery and information plaque. Turn left away from the town centre and cross over and go along along Rochdale Road until you see the John Fielden (MP) house:

Fielden Sq - Mill Machine - Todmorden John Feilden's House Todmorden

Almost immediately after the house turning left at Dobroyd Road, go up the lane, crossing the canal bridge and then up over the railway crossing then going right and up the hill in the forest:

Dobroyd Rd Train - under foot bridge

 Going up Dobroyd                                                           Looking back – a train passes below.

Heading up a steep winding tree-lined road, to come out at the gatehouse to Dobroyd Castle. Passing the entrance straight ahead onto and along Stones Road.

Castle Gatehouse - TodmordenStones Road

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Go along Stones Road, continue around a sharp bend and up again. Magnificent views of the valley below:

Valley Masons Arms

Castle & Pike

ZOOM: Train Line and Masons arms far away in the valley below.Eventually you rise enough to see the blackened stone of Debroyd Castle and over in the far distance Stoodley Pike. Eventually Stones Road runs out at a small group of houses (The Stones) and the Calderdale way is then signposted to the right through a grassy area with lots of Horse Chestnut trees. I almost took this route without thinking, but as I looked at the path alongside the wall enclosing the houses  a huge stone in-front of one house over the wall caught my eye.

Chestnut canopy Path At STONES

Huge Stone and HouseLooking over the wall, almost tumbling into the house is a large stone. It looked to me like a dislodged capstone, perhaps once ontop of stones beneath and covered with earth: a Neolithic Dolmen or Tumulus? This got me interested so I went further up the rack to go around the back of the stone to see more. But around the rear was a huge wall, probably built to shield the small hamlet from the winds, which swept across from the open moorland behind. Then as I looked at the moor; right in front of me below in a field was a huge black standing stone:

Standing Stone at STONE Calderdale Stone at STONE

I was very surprised as I know or thought I knew the area and I had never heard a mention about such a large standing stone near Todmorden. I soon realised why this small hamlet was called Stone. It had Stone Road leading up to it and around the side another lane wound around and past the standing stone and off into the distance: Stones Lane. Everything around was to do with Stones – Neolithic ones. Here follows some more pictures of the standing stone or Menhir.

Stones Lane Todmorden View of Stone

Standing Stone with Toadstools Stone and Toadstools

Stone Another view

Mid October and the Toadstools and Mushrooms were opening around the Stone. Coincidence as both Standing Stone’s and such Fungi are associated with Witchcraft. I heard later after this walk that the area of Todmorden is known in UFO circles as: The Pennine UFO Triangle – a UFO hot spot. The town according to some sits on 3 lay lines, and has a history of unusual things taking place including large black panther looking cats  a policeman supposedly abducted by aliens, and a witch called Sybil. This lady allegedly sold her soul to the devil near Eagles Crag above Cornholm further up the valley along the A646, and not far from the Catholes Stone near Lydgate, the Great Bridestones and the Whirlaw stones causeway and its Megalith rock art.  There was a witchcraft associated murder here in 2003. So its no wonder the Town has been passed over time from being in Lancashire to now being in Yorkshire! And I can’t help associate my sighting of a UFO on the morning I set out for this walk –  with such coincidences that I found out about later.

And Another Nealithic StoneI looked around the field and went over to more stones – small ones adorning an entrance to a spring, or maybe another stone once stood here too? Then in the top corner of the field I saw another Stone this time a much slender looking one. Another walker mentions these Stones in his blog Ravens Rambles, it shows the slender Stone on a bright day. Notice in his picture the contrail or ‘Chemtrail‘ in the sky, there is a major amount of this activity in the area.

 

Stone in Circle of Stone Stone rolling

Now that is a curious stone, very slender, tall and set into a round base stone, it sits ontop of a mound the same height as the possible stone ‘Tumulus’ remains at the house opposite. The location is called; Centre Hill, but known locally as Beacon Hill. This stone may possible have been moved to this position and had the base specially made to support it, or maybe it was always so. Whatever the case it has all the appearance of being ‘looked after’. It made me wonder what is beneath it? And this episide reminded me to watch again a great set of videos: Standing With Stones.

Stone View

I went back down the field and out through the gate and back down the track passing again the Stone ‘Tumulus’ house back to continue on the Calderdale Way: The photograph below shows the signpost and from this angle it looks like its pointing directly to the position of that stone I was just sitting next to up there on the hill just behind the Beech trees:

Stone Pointer

A lady on the path told me that the area, after I had asked, “was linked to witchcraft in the past, around the houses and the stones”; she said. The lane goes past two odd square houses on the right, which are attached to a large ruin behind. And in front a small cottage; with several stone heads with medieval appearance possibly also representations of the ‘Green Man’.

Square, Houses Green Man cottage - Stones - Todmorden

The views across the valley towards Stoodley Pike and showing the Dobroyd Castle, both built by the Fielden’s and curiously lining up to some extent with the hill of the Stones on this opposite Beacon Hill to the one at Stoodley Pike: could this be a Ley-Line?

View across the Valley View across The Valley close up

According John Michell and in the book The Sun And The Serpent: by Hamish Miller and Paul Broadhurst: the Earth energy flows like a snaking river and not in a straight line, but certainly meeting at nodal points along its path: Castles, Standing Stones, Cairns, monoliths churches etc.

Back to the cottage and a close up of the heads on the building and a pixie figure inlaid in the wall opposite the house:

Head House Pixie

MAP of the RouteStraight on past this cottage to a wooden style. Instead of going straight on along the wall in front go instead left and diagonally up the hill. You find yourself on a cut out track. It looks like an ancient earthwork snaking up the hill. It was also full of Toadstools and Mushrooms like those near the first Standing Stone; but here all types and varieties.

Toadstools-Saucers

This way Snaking path

Mushroom

 

So, up the hill and through a style in a wall, then keeping the wall on the left continue along through several open stone styles, until you reach the road.

Style -No gate ROAD Parkin Lane

Going straight ahead along the road (Parkin Lane) for a short few yards and turn sharp right and down the track towards some houses.

Turn Here

At the bottom of this short lane at Kailys Barn, the track curves round and at the edge of the garden there is an almost covered-over-path. There is a sign-post pointing at it.

 

 

 

Path Down To Todmorden Edge

 

Take this walled path (Todmorden Edge) and go right down to a gate with an unusual Cast Iron post with a spring and a stream and a dangerous drop below on the left. Be careful here.

 

 

Entering the woods, the view across the valley:

View across the valley Todmorden Edge - Woods

A Sign again

 

Follow the path down through the woods.

Reaching the road turn left and go right along, down through Ewood until you reach the main Todmorden Burnley road ( A 646).

Passing the Fielden centre:

 

Fielden centre      Fielden Centre Window Todmorden

 

At the main road I turned left and back to Todmorden, making this a fairly short walk, but very interesting (apx 4 miles).To continue on the Calderdale Way go left towards Lidgate.

 

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Another description of this same walk can be found at: SMASHINGHILLS.com

Some further notes:

Freemasons and Stoodley Pike

Stoodly Pike dominates the entire landscape in the area, one time long before the Freemasons erected their tower the spot was associated with previous probably Neolithic monuments. It was a beacon hill – in line with another with the same name. Standing stones and towers have ancient beginnings. England was once covered with a vast network of standing stones, monoliths. Such structures were very important in ancient Egypt.  (It could be said that such towers have a subconscious imperative in human conciousness, Stoodly Pike like a stone version of its modern London eequivalentnt: The Shard)

An Earlier Fielden –  Joshua –  Stoodly Pike and Local Freemasons

Todmorden. An obelisk, it’s part of a trend which Alan Moore called ‘the great Masonic obelisk siting drive of the nineteenth century’. The obelisk design of the tower is a ‘…reflection of patron Samuel Fielden’s Freemasonry’ and of the society of the time’s obsession with Egyptology.

The commitee for the building of the Monument: Stoodly Pike:

Chairman. John Fielden of Dobroyd.
Treasurer. Samuel Fielden of Centre Vale.
J. Ingham, Joshua Fielden of Stansfield Hall, John Eastwood,
Edward Lord, John Veevers, Wm. Greenwood of Stones, J. Green (architect), John Lacy and Mr. Knowles of Lumb (secretary).

Taken from part 4 of the Fielden Trail.

More local connections with Fielden’s and Stoodly Pike

The Fielden Trail a Walk with History

 

Logo -Calderdale Way MarkerNEXT ON THE CALDERDALE WAY

The end of this walk links to the next stage of the Calderdale Way: Links to the next stage going through Harley Wood up onto the moor and on to Blackshaw Head. Todmorden To Blackshaw Head.

 

RIBBLEHEAD

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Blue Thunder 2012 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ Steam Engine: water colour by Simon Dolby.

This walk has great views of the Three Peaks but you don’t have to climb up any!

Its a walk of approximately 7 miles. And no big hills.

Lots of people drive here and park and hike, but I think the best way is to arrive by train, which I did from Leeds. My train overtook a steam engine parked in a siding at Hellifield, so I waited for it to arrive, before beginning my walk, for the Cumbrian Mountain Express to arrive.

Mountian Express

The Cumbrian Mountain Express arrives at Ribblehead Station.

 

 

No stopping at Ribblehead Station it steamed through and continued over the viaduct.

So that’s my route also but underneath it:

Walk down from the Station passing the pub and on to the viaduct. Behind in the distance is Pen-y-Ghent.

 

Pub Under Viaduct Viaduct commemorative Plaque

Pen-y-Ghent soon disappears as we under the Ribblehead Viaduct and go into the valley dominated by the other two of The Three Peaks, Whernside and Ingleborough. Thankfully we are not doing  The Three Peaks walk, we go through the valley bottom.

The Route Ribblehead walk

Click to see the Walk

Following the concrete road to the farm gate and passing through into open countryside.

Thistle and Viaductleft after Gate

follow the pathTowards Ingleborough

Turn left at the metal gate and head along the road in the direction of Ingleborough.

Path turns rightGate

Wall - Inglebough distantAfter the cattle grid the path is to the right on an indistinct track through grass diagonally  towards a gate at the top corner of a walled field.

Going through the gate and emerging into another field. Go along the track next to the wall, downwards, eventually reaching a stream, sometimes a small river, in dry periods this watercourse interestingly disappears underground to emerge at a water fall gushing through rocks.

Dry River crossing

 

The view shows the dried up river with Ingleborough in the background, we do not follow this route, but keep straight on heading for another gate at the corner of this field towards the trees, where the river re-emerges at rocks and a water fall, in a very nice sheltered and rocky glade.

 

Undeground RiverNext Gate

In this area a profusion of flowers:

Blueish White BellsPinkish-purple wild flowers

WhieWildFlowerDaiseys

 

Leaving this enchanted region, (end of July) go through yet another gate into a more open filed with a forest on your right hand side:

Yet Another Gate

You go down to the forest in the distance, and take a submerged track:

submerged pathFlooded

 

The track can be flooded, but no worries there is a route upwards going along the fence. After a short time you emerge at a road and turn left, often along here you meet and merge with lots of Three Peak hikers on their way towards Inborough after leaving Whernside.

Path emergesHikers

3 Peak Hikers

 

We go straight on, but unlike the ‘serious hikers when reaching the main road they go left, we go right, along the road all the way down to a turning on the right signed towards  the Church of Chapel – le Dale:

 

 

 

Chalel-le-Dale - Church Chapel-le-Dale entrance

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Hurtly Pot

 

Turn right after the church. There is a walled path which passes a huge hole in a forest, after-which  it opens with a field, and a gate enabling you to go , cautiously down to view the Hole. Its called Hurtle Pot and is reputed to have a Boggart living down there.

 

 

Keep going straight on along the main path ahead, in the distance is Ingleborough and if you look with binoculars you can see the ZigZag wall on the fields below:

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Continuing up along the walled road you come to a metal statue on your left:

SculptureStatue

Looks like a Boggart might look!

Top RoadWhernside

LimestoneAfter a while and passing a farm on the left the road emerges into open countryside with a grand view of Whernside ahead and as it begins to open up more, passing the trees on the left you get again a view behind of Ingleborough. Follow this road along, then up and winding around to the right to a gate and cattle grid that opens up to a fiel with house/farm in front, pass these buildings out into open land.

 

Orange Butterfly

 

On the left there is a wall and rocks with a forest above, here and there trees grow out of the wall. The view on your left, in front and behind has magnificent views of both Werneside and Inglborough. Buterflys along the sides of the road and large white unknown? Wild? Flowers? Answers on an email PLEASE…

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Keep on going straight on passing a road that crosses, coming from Whernside – often with hiker coming of the Tops crossing ‘our’ route and heading down. We go on to a gate with a signpost to Winterscales, leading to open fields and in view again in the distance is the Ribblehead Viaduct.

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Walk across the field through a gate and past the farmhouses and keep straight on:

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You come to an area of limestone rocks with tree growing in them, keep on, signpost to Deepdale, go through the gate, a hump back bridge and then open country and a view in the distance of a railway signal box.

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RIBBLEHEAD the source of the river Ribble:

Ribblehead

Walk on up towards the signal box until you see a tunnel underneath the railway go through and turn right this path takes you back to the Ribblehead viaduct and the end of this walk.

 

 

Seen in a small pond on the track:

Dragonfly laying eggs

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