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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Begin the route - calderdale Walk

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

Autumn LeavesAutumn Leaves 2

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:

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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’.

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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?

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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:

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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.

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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.

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

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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:

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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:

 

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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)

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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

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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

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follow the pathTowards Ingleborough

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

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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.

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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.

 

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In this area a profusion of flowers:

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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:

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

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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.

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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:

 

 

 

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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:

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Looks like a Boggart might look!

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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.

 

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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:

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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:

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Settle: A silence, a cave, a waterfall

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Settle-Town-SignThe area around Settle is very special. It has some remarkable landscapes. The town itself is interesting and historic. There are many walking routes starting in Settle.

In ancient prehistoric times our ancestors thought the area had special significance, their traces are still observable on the land. Prehistoric remains. Many millions of years ago this landscape was underwater, some of the limestone hills were reefs; coral reefs (High Hill a reef knoll)). Along the edges were slippages is seen with rock shale deposits collecting below, denotes were an ancient land-slip (stile active?) demarcated two types of landscape, to one side good arable land on the other rocky sheep grazing.

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‘Shawn’ of the Sheep high above Settle

This town is a great place to get too by train and then walk the many interesting routes in this magnificent scenic part of the Yorkshire Dales.

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For railway enthusiasts this station is the start point for Settle to Carlisle train trips.

The station has a book shop themed about railways especially this one and lots of books for tourists and walking guides etc.

On some holidays the Signal box is open to visitors. There is also an original water for steam filler and a settle coal truck on display.

The town square:                                                                               Constitution Hill

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This walk starts at the far left of the town square shown in the picture above and goes up Constitution Hill. Going around the cottages to the left you come to a fork in the road, take the track to the right hand side and go up the steep wall lined track:

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DSCN2988 After reaching a gate there is a grass worn track going up diagonally to your right. If you go straight on to the signpost (to Malham) you have great views below, and across to the quarry, but the climb from this point is steeper most walkers take the diagonal path. In high summer this point is a good location to see Swallows and Swifts dancing in the sky and flipping over the stone  walls.

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The climb is steep and arduous but on the way you can stop and look at the wild plants and flowers (May):

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Follow along the line of the wall, eventually you reach the top, then a slop downwards, with a small cave on your left.

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You’ve now reached a quit amazing place, what I call the SILENT VALLEY. The calm, peacefulness and silence here is something amazing. Its a tangible experience of silence. Of course until somebody shouts in the distance as the location has audio peculiarities and can enhance the sounds from the hills around;you can often hear the chatter of far off hikers. To experience this location in silence is worthwhile, so let all the others pass by for a few moments of silent solitude here; you will perceive what I mean. All Things Must Pass (George Harrison) and so we move on.

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This is the location of an ancient fault line, a subsidence, still continuing, separating the limestone rocks from the more fertile land beneath. During a past war this location was disturbed by Army shells firing at metal targets for accurate gunnery training; the bangs here must have sounded as loud as loud can be!

As you move along on the left an upwards path emerges between two hillocks, take this route.

Around here you begin to see a change in the rock Lichen:

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And rare Orchids appear (May):

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Take the grass track upwards to the style/gate to cross over the wall to the other side and continue along the path, through a gate that goes along a wall. Here you approach the Victoria Cave high up on your right.

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Larger Orchid looking flowers cluster below the cave near the path (Mid May).

After the cave continue along the path edged with the wall; through a gate slightly down to a driveway track. One path does down through a gate, the other continues upwards.

Turn right up a slight incline:

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Keep on until you reach a style going onto the road, which you cross over and can continue along to Cartrigg Force, waterfall, alternatively to see the ‘erratic stone'; go along the road, finding the road with a sign for Stainforth. Go across the cattle bridge and down.

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Along this road you will see a white farmhouse in the distance and on the left a large stone incredibly standing on top of local limestone. Silurian Sandstone boulders stand on top of younger limestone! This is one of the most Southerly examples, most being around Norber / Austwick. Deposited here from the far of hills of Scotland as boulders within melting ice fields:

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Further along the roadside; not erratics but stone engraved by green algae:

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Reaching the farm; Lower Winskill – turn right (signpost to Stainforth) going to Cartrigg Force, waterfall, waterfall, turn to the right taking the path towards a gate.

(We return exactly along this route, coming back from the waterfall.)

Onwards passing into open fields and diagonally joining a path through a gate (and signpost to Stainforth). Towards the trees and Cartrigg Force, waterfall:

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Retuning the way we came back to the junction at Lower Winskill farm, this time going straight on past the farm on the right, down the path towards a white farmhouse but taking the step-style on the left, signposted to Langcliffe:

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Go across the path in the fields eventually descending into a forested area, follow the track right down to the flat fields below and pass through the gate onto a path.

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DSCN3169 Nettles along the walled path into the village of Langcliff:

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From Langcliff I couldn’t find a path or track in the fields back to Settle so I took the main road:

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Walk apx: 8 miles

Ilkley – Bluebells

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Bluebells-Ilkley-YorkshireOne of the best places for Bluebells at the very end of April and first few days of May is Middleton Woods: just across the river. You can see the woods from the town, all you need to do is go down Brook Street and pass the park and cross the bridge and head for the woods.

This walk starts down at the park, going along the river and crossing it at the old bridge.

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Its a fairly short walk about 5 miles from Ilkey station. And can be extended as much as you like by rambling around all the little pathways and routes in the Middleton forest which at this specified time, will be full of fantastic bluebell landscapes.

< Click this route map to enlarge for exact directions.

We started off on the day of the Ilkley May Day Parade, apparently it was highlighting the forthcoming Tour de France which passes through the town. The parade was nice but apart from several lampposts with past tour winners featured and some people carrying placards about announcing the visit of the ‘Tour'; nothing whatsoever was actually included within the parade about it. And this was strange because the crowd which was about twice the size of previous yearly parades where drawn there with expectations of inclusion of at least something specifically to do with the ‘tour’. NOTHING was featured.

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So forgetting the disappointing parade, nice enough for kids, but not for keen cycling enthusiast; we headed over the bridge on the river Wharf and turned left along the bank:

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Wild flowers along the riverside:

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Keep going along the riverside until the path inclines upwards near a power transformer.

Here you emerge at a road . Cross over directly in front and turn left onto: OWLER PARK ROAD.

It also has a notice stating this is a private road, ignore this its a public right of way – a very Posh neighbourhood.

Go right up the hill, very nice houses, right to the top. Here the road bends to the right with a sign-posted route to the left down through a forest and back to the river.

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So go right at Austby: At the top of the hill the road goes around to the left, but take a look over the fence to see the forest with a carpet of bluebells below. Continue right up the hill until you reach a ‘T’ junction with a sign: Private Road – they like these signs around here plus lots of CCTV is watching too. Ignore the Private sign as this road is a public footpath and a bridleway: go along the road along the hilltop.

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Go along this road, it dips down at a stream then continues. Soon you reach on the left a wooden doorway into Calvery: a Catholic sanctuary commemorating the: Stations Of The Cross: Jesus’s crucifixion.

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Continue along the road to a ‘T’ junction and turn right down hill passing some cottages on the left, shortly after-which turn right following the road and going past the Catholic College at Middleton grange.

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Reaching yet another ‘T’ junction go left then almost immediately turn to the right following the road, were very soon on the right is a style and a path crossing the field to join Middleton Woods.

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From here inside the woods at this particular time of year (very end of April-start of May) its Blubells, blubells everywhere:

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You can meander as long as you want. If you vaguely follow the main path eventually you reach a road, you can cross it to another section of the woods and follow a downwards route, full of bluebells until you reach a stream and a small bridge to emerge on the outskirts of Ilkley: follow your nose to town…

 

 

 

 

 

Luddenden – Booth – Jerusalem Farm

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kershaw-HouseAt Luddenden Foot  on the (A646) go up the hill. Passing Kershaw House restaurant which is supposedly haunted is on the left. There are toilets and a car park on the left. Go up the hill past the Old School house on the left go straight on and up.

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Map About four and a half miles, not a strenuous walk apart from the road going up and the upwards detour for the view over the mill and to get fresh eggs!

This is another walk in Calderdale and although the Luddenden Dean area at the very top of this walk, is not as popular as the valleys of Middle dean and Hebden Vale in the ‘Craggs’ above Hebden Bridge, this quieter and more secluded location is a true gem.

Passing a modernised and huge old woollens mill on the route to the village of Booth, we follow the road, which is fairly quiet, with great views of the valley beneath. Keep on the road until reaching Jerusalem Farm which is a camping area and a nature reserve next to the often rushing Luddenden Brook.

 

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Follow the right hand turn at the fork in the road towards Booth (Dean House Lane) and going past Oats Royd Mill.

After the car park for the Mill, which is now converted to luxury apartments, you can head on along the easy route to Booth or take the wall lined lane on the left: this lane goes very steeply up, and give magnificent views of the mill and valley below emerging onto a narrow road at the top; turn left at the chicken farm.

View up…                                                                                             and looking down.

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At the top turn right going along the top road, past at the corner the chicken farm; fantastic fresh eggs and cheap:

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Views of the tree lined lodge pond below. Carry along the wall lined road, until you reach a downwards slopping turn to the right, follow this walled track until reaching a gap on the right-hand side between the wall and

an upright stone post, go gown to the village below: Booth.

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Turning left at the end then again when reaching the road.

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The 24 x 7 x 365 Booth Library is housed in a telephone box; go through the village and round the bend.

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The view below which we will pass through on the return route. Continue along the tree lined road.

DSCN2386More dog-shit patrols are needed as lots of dog owners follow this procedure but then hurl the plastic bag into trees and in the river.

Carry on along the road until you see a large !road sign on a sharp bend go through the gate at the end on the building: this is Jerusalem Farm.

 

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There are several walking routes from here and climbing structures for kids. Going over the bridge there are several paths, just keep moving in that direction soon you will reach pond with a bridge and a stepped water fall beneath it: take the bridge and continue along the path reaching the road, go to the right and down the road.

 

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Pity that they put this stepped waterfall from the barren (of fish) lake above, especial y as this is a nature reserve; they should have a small uninterrupted ‘spillway’ alongside these steps to let fish traverse up and down. In fact this needs to be done all along the river and the brooks in the area to bring back the trout and other spawning fish.

At the very bottom of the road down the hill, turn left and into the row of old terraced houses at Coit Side:

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After the end of Coit Side terrace continue straight on along the pathway to another row of houses on the right. To the left and over the wall is a wonderful Japanese garden, beautifully kept, by the lady of the large house here.

Continue straight on along the track.

 

Continuing along now at the foot of the valley the river (Luddenden Brook) flows to the left. Go past the large house on the right along the boundary wall to emerge onto the track passing through open countryside, with the track diminishing in paving:

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Soon you reach another row of terraced cottages on the right. Curiously at this point the river runs under a very unusual bridge. For a very lengthy stretch this bridge turns into a long set of gardens with quit large trees growing on top. Just another example of the capability of the builders and watercourse engineers of those old days ow woollen mills and the pre-industrial era, who’s ruins can be found alongside all the brook-sides and watercourses in Calderdale’s valley bottoms.

To the left looking up the hill once again passing Oats Royd Mill, this time high above. With the river on your left, walk on passing steps up to a house and the road above, onwards to the church, and turn to the left following the river to a bridge which is within the churchyard cemetery.

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The Church of St. Mary’s Luddenden. The Bug Hotel near the river at the Church:

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And Now to the pub! Just through the gates of the churchyard behold the wonderus Lord Nelson a hidden gem of a pub and a fantastic pint of Timothy Taylors Landlord.

DSCN2477 If you time your walk, to reach the pub between 1pm – 2pm on a Saturday or sunday you can arrive here in time for a large plate of roast beef and huge Yorkshire puddings.

The pub is on High Street; go down and across the river bridge and take the little passageway straight on the left.

 

 

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Go over the bridge at at the end of the pathway and then straight on past the house going up hill to then join the main Road going back down to the A646 passing again Kershaw House back to the starting point.

 

 

 

 

 

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