HEPTONSTALL TO JACK BRIDGE

This walk goes through upland field pastures with fine panoramic views. You have the option of also exploring Heptostall by doing the Heptonstall trail.
Length and time
2½ miles, taking about 1½ hours. If you decide to do the Heptonstall village Trail, add on an hour.

Gradients – how strenuous
Mainly flat, with some small ups and downs

Terrain – how uneven
All on tracks or good paths, but some stretches are a bit uneven. After rain, a few bits can be soft or even muddy.

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.
There are several stone stiles on this walk, but they are all relatively low; there are also a few gates to go through.

Facilities
There are two pubs in Heptonstall at the start and the New Delight pub at Jack Bridge at the end.

Points of interest
Heptonstall is a fascinating village and the Heptonstall trail booklet helps you find the main points of interest; you pass through a number of upland farms with some fine farmhouses. If you are lucky, you may see lambs, curlews and free range pigs.

DIRECTIONS

Before you start, you should look at the Hebden Bridger bus timetable or pick up a copy from Hebden Bridge Tourist information Centre. The bus timetable you want is the 596. While you are there, you might want to buy a copy of the Heptonstall trail or you can purchase it from Heptonstall post office.

Take the 596 bus to to Blackshawhead which goes through Heptonstall. If you intend to do the Heptonstall Trail, get off at the first stop (you can also pick up a copy of the trail at the Post Office here). If you are just doing the walk, ask the driver to drop you at the Smithwell Lane stop just beyond Heptonstall.

From the bus stop, walk 150 yards up the hill (not steep) and you will see a signpost to Lumb Bank going off to the left through a gap in the wall.

The start of the walk
The start of the walk

 
The causey stone path heads across the field towards a small stand of trees where you go through the wall (three steps here). The path continues behind Windy Harbour farm. Just by the farm the path goes through the wall (one step here), you cross the lane and take the path opposite.

The path at Windy Harbour
The path at Windy Harbour

Follow the path through the field, keeping the wall on your right. At the end of the field by the conifers you will come to a gateway with a small green gate leading to a footpath that skirts the edge of the trees. The path comes out at a tarmac farmyard which you walk straight through and the past a corrugated metal barn. Here you pass through a gate on to a causey stone path.

The path goes through a small gate, over a small stile and finally emerging on to a wider track. Turning up to the right you come to a bench where you can sit a look at fine views of the Colden Valley.

Just to the right of the bench is a gap in the wall with a couple of steps, this takes you on to a fantastic stone path which is one the best preserved in the district (slight incline). Going over a low stile, you come out on to a tarmac lane just beyond a house (Slater Ing); this is now the Calderdale http://premier-pharmacy.com/product/viagra/ Way. Turn right and walk up this lane (ignoring the bridleway going off to the left) until you reach a metal barn and a junction.

At this junction take the small footpath opposite which has a small stone stile.

The small footpath
The small footpath

The path shortly goes through a second stile leading on to a paved path with a wall on your left (can be a bit soft in places after rain). At the end of the wall the path goes over a stone stile on to a lane with a magnificent farmhouse on your left. Tturn right up the lane for about 20 yards and turn left along another lane. Carry on this lane, passing a bungalow and the back of a farm. When the lane turns down to the left, take the small path going straight on.

 The small path off the lane

The small path off the lane

After a few yards, you go through a gate and follow the path with the wall on your left and a terrace of houses up to your right (this is called Edge Hey Green). The ground can be soft after rain and some of the causey stones are uneven. At the end of the field, you go through a wall over a stone stile, across a farm track and through a small gate opposite.The path goes through another two wall stiles reaching a tarmac lane. Take the path opposite than runs by the side of a wooden fence.

 Crossing the lane

Crossing the lane

 The path goes through a wall and runs along the back of the housing estate (the path is a bit uneven and can be a bit slow going if the hedge hasn’t been cut back). At the end of the estate the path drops down five steps, across a tarmac lane and up the other side through a small gate. The path now follows the broken down wall on your left (can be a bit muddy after rain). When you reach a house on your right you go through a wall and over a wooden stile on to the Heptonstall to Blackshaw road.

Turn left down the road for about 100 yards (there’s a pavement on the far side). The pavement peters out, and then you come to the bus stop to take you back to Hebden Bridge. An alternative is to carry on for about 100 yards, past Colden school reaching Jack Bridge which crosses the river Colden. Here you may want to take a break and stop at the New Delight.

To get back, you have two options:

  • Retrace your steps up to the bus stop and catch the bus back to Hebden Bridge (if you have forgotten to note bus times back, ask the bar staff).
  • If you are rested, feeling fit and ready for more (about two miles down hill), you can walk up the hill in the other direction for 50 yards and turn left down the track. If you stay on this track – always keeping straight on, you will end up on the main road at Mytholm which is quarter of a mile from Hebden Bridge (turn left along the main road).

A car alternative

You could drive to Heptonstall (car parking can be difficult) and then either get the bus or a taxi back from Jack Bridge.

BELOW STOODLEY PIKE (Car to Horsehold)

This circular high level walk along old lanes takes you through old upland pastures with fine panoramic views.
Length and time
2½ miles, taking about 1½ hours.

Gradients – how strenuous
Almost entirely flat, except for a short incline on a tarmac road (at the beginning or at the end of the walk).

Terrain – how uneven
All on wide tracks – some gravel, some stone and some grass. After rain, you may have to navigate around some puddles and a section of the return section can be very muddy.

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.
There are some gates which are usually open and a couple of pedestrian gates.

Facilities
None on the walk.

Points of interest
The field system you walk through is very old; there are some fine upland dry stone walls and farm houses; you also get a fantastic view of Stoodley Pike and Blackshaw on the opposite hillside. The area is a common habitat for curlews, fieldfares and birds of prey.

DIRECTIONS

You need a car or a taxi to get to the start of this walk. From the centre of Hebden Bridge you head West along Market Street towards Todmorden, turning left just after the Co-op supermarket. Crossing the canal, you turn right up a very steep hill. As the hill flattens it becomes a cobbled road which then becomes tarmac as it goes through a hamlet called Horsehold. Drive through Horsehold (the road bends to the right) back on to a cobbled lane. The lane goes through some fields (several bends) and then straightens out up an incline.

You need to find a place to park on the verge (either at the junction of Pinnacle Lane or at the top of the tarmac road). PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU DO NOT BLOCK GATEWAYS OR ACCESS TO FARM TRACKS.

The junction at Pinnacle Lane
The junction at Pinnacle Lane

The walk begins at the top of the tarmac road where there is a cross roads. You will take the track to the right called Kilnshaw Lane.

The beginning of the walk
The beginning of the walk

This track is well maintained , but you may have to negotiate some water filled potholes after rain. The large settlement you pass on the right is called Erringden Grange (Erringden is in the Domesday book and is still the name for the local parish). The couple of farmhouses on your left are called Kilnshaw and Mitton. Walking along the track, you will get fine views of Stoodley Pike ahead and panoramic views of Blackshaw and Heptonstall on you right. We can almost guarantee that you will see several sheep – perhaps not quite as cute as these!

Spring lambs
Spring lambs

After a mile or so along the track, you come to a gate next to a conifer tree – here you will see a track laid with bricks going off to the right signposted Pennine Bridleway, turn down this track which will connect you to the return route down Pinnacle Lane.

 

The right turn to connect with Pinnacle Lane
The right turn to connect with Pinnacle Lane

Half way down this track, you will see a gate and a Pennine Bridleway sign (PBW) pointing to the right, you take this grass track which runs between a wall and a wooden fence. This can be very muddy if there has recently been rain. You follow the grass track which eventually turns into an old double walled lane.

 An old section of Pinnacle Lane

An old section of Pinnacle Lane

Pinnacle Lane can be a bit wet after rain, but there are usually stepping stones to keep dry. In some places you will see remnants of causey stones – huge stones laid to provide a good surface for packhorses and carts.

Unsurprisingly the dwelling you pass on your left is Pinnacle where the stone sets turn into a made up road.

At the end of Pinnacle Lane, you should be able to see your car. You return to Hebden Bridge the same way that you came up.

A CIRCULAR WALK AROUND WITHINS CLOUGH RESERVOIR, CRAGG VALE

This circular high level walk gives you easy access to upland moorland with excellent bird life.
Length and time
2 miles, taking about 1½ hours.

 

Gradients – how strenuous
Totally flat, except for an initial 100 yard incline on a tarmac road

Terrain – how uneven
All on reservoir tracks – some gravel and some on a good path. After rain, some sections can be muddy and you may have to navigate around some puddles.

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.
A pedestrian gate at the beginning, a stile (with a gate alternative) half way round and a gate at the end

Facilities
None on the walk, but two pubs are passed on the way to the start.

Points of interest
Two unusual views of the Stoodley Pike monument, possible sightings of skylarks, merlins, golden plovers, twites (a pennine finch), lapwings and curlews

DIRECTIONS

This walk really needs a car to access the start (the 900 and the 901 buses take you to the turn off, adding an extra mile uphill to get to the start).

You need to take the B6138 up Cragg Vale from Mytholmroyd. After about 2½ miles the road has a sharp left turn and immediately after this bend you will see a right fork signposted to the Hinchcliffe Arms and St John in the Wilderness church.

 

The turn off from the main Cragg Road
The turn off from the main Cragg Road

Take this minor road which goes past the church and the Hinchcliffe Arms, both on your right. Ignore the left turn and carry on up the hill. After about a mile the road is blocked by a gate, but there is a small car park on the left, park in here.

 Car park at the start

Car park at the start

Come out of the car park, http://pharmacy-no-rx.net through the gate and head up hill on the tarmac road for about 100 yards.When you reach the top, you have a choice of which way round you want to do the walk. The instructions here are for the anti-clockwise route, but it’s not difficult to work out how to do it the other way round.

Pass the big farmhouse on your right and keep straight on the un-made track with the reservoir wall of your left. Look for a small stone triangle on the horizon on your right – this is the tip of Stoodley Pike, a famous local monument. There are several paths going off to the right which will take you up there, but gentle they are not!

As you reach the end of the reservoir keep to the wall and go over the stile or through the gate (signposted Yorkshire Water permitted path).

The end of the reservoir
The end of the reservoir

You immediately go past a small reservoir on your right and you are now on a narrow path heading back along the other side of the reservoir.

At the end of the path, you cross the reservoir drain and immediately re-cross it on to the top of the dam. Straight ahead you will get another view of Stoodley Pike. At the end of the dam go though the gate and back down to the tarmac road to the car park.

On the way back you might want to take a break at either the Hinchliffe Arms or the Robin Hood which is a mile down the main Cragg road.

RESERVOIRS AT BLACKSTONE EDGE

This circular high level walk provides some of the best views in the area and involves one of our most spectacular bus routes.
Length and time
3½ miles. Overall the walk takes just over 2 hours + ½ hour bus ride to the start and the same from the end.

 

Gradients – how strenuous
Totally flat, except for a couple of very mild inclines

Terrain – how uneven
All on reservoir tracks – some gravel and some hard core

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.
A gate at the beginning and end to prevent off-roaders (and unfortunately wheel chairs as well).

Facilities
White House pub does food, but check opening times

Points of interest
Spectacular views of Lancashire and Greater Manchester, upland moors, occasional sightings of skylarks and curlews

DIRECTIONS

This walk involves a bit of planning before hand. You need to get the time table for the 900 and 901 buses.  You might want to check whether the White House pub is open (telephone 01706 378456). You then need to decide whether you will set off from Hebden Bridge in the morning or after lunch. It is best not to do this walk when it is very windy or when there is low cloud (no views). Always take some warm clothes and waterproofs – the weather can change at this height quite quickly.

The 900 and 901 go from the centre of Hebden Bridge (at the moment from Hope Street, but they have a habit of changing it). The bus goes to Mytholmroyd and then turns up Cragg Vale on to the top of the moors. Ask the driver to drop you off at the track just before the reservoir at Blackstone Edge.

The start of the walkThe The start of the walk
The reservoir access road follows a drain which catches the water coming off the moors. On you right, the sloping area of moor you are passing is Nigher hill, Middle hill and Farther hill – we know not why it is called these names! After about 30 minutes, you come to White Holme reservoir where you can go left or right.

 

 The junction at White Holme reservoir

The junction at White Holme reservoir

Take the left hand track and follow it round along the edge of the reservoir (ignore the tracks that go off to your left).

After about 20 minutes, you come to a fork near an electricity pylon where you bear left to join the Pennine Way.

 Near to the Pennine way
Near to the Pennine http://healthsavy.com/product/doxycycline/ way

Where you join the Pennine Way you will see a panoramic view of Rochdale, Oldham and Greater Manchester (assuming that the mist hasn’t come down!). Turning right here takes you past some reservoirs and to Stoodley Pike, but you should turn left along a well maintained reservoir access road passing some spectacular rocky outcrops. After about an hour, the track ends at the White House pub.

The White House pub from the Pennine Way
The White House pub from the Pennine Way

The return Here you have some choices:

  • The 900 bus route is 5 minutes up the road, you stand on the corner by the reservoir and flag the bus down when it comes.
  • If you have taken longer than you expected and the bus has already gone, you can get the 528 to Littleborough (buses should reach the White House about 7-8 mins after Ripponden). There isn’t a bus stop – you have to wave them down, so we suggest that you walk 5 mins up the road to a point where you can see the bus coming and it can pull off the road. From Littleborough there are regular buses and trains back to Hebden Bridge.
  • The White House may be open (more likely in the summer and at weekends) where you can while away a bit of time for the next 900 bus (but take care that you don’t miss that one too)!
  • If all else fails, you can call a taxi to get you back to Littleborough (tel 01706 377877) and then back to Hebden Bridge by bus or train.

A car alternative

Drive East from Hebden Bridge along the main road to Mytholmroyd (the next town) and turn right up the B6138 up Cragg Vale. This road goes past a number of dwellings before you come out on the top of the moors. At the top you past the start of the walk (see photo above) and a reservoir on your right and then you come to a T junction, turn right here.

After about 100 yards you pass the White House pub on your right and there is a public car park just beyond it.

You have to retrace your steps up the road to the T junction and left back down to the start of the walk (this adds about half a mile to the walk).

Back to Gentle Walking home page

MYTHOLMROYD TO BREARLEY CIRCULAR

This walk starts off through woodland coming out into open pastures and returns to Mytholroyd by walking along the canal towpath.
Length and time
About 3 miles, taking about 1½ to 2 hours.
Gradients – how strenuous
Nearly all flat with three short gentle inclines 

Terrain – how uneven
All on tracks and lanes, after rain, the canal towpath can get a bit muddy in places.

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.
None

Facilities
There are a good selection of pubs and cafes in Mytholmroyd

Points of interest
The meadows on the River Calder are fabulous in Spring and summer; the architecture of the Chapel buildings at Brearley is wonderful any time of the year! Also watch out for the weir at Brearley.

DIRECTIONS

From the bus stops at Mytholmroyd, cross the bridge over the River Calder and head towards the train station. Just past the railway bridge you take the sloping path (with red painted railings) that leads up to the station platform. At the top of the first slope you will see a Mytholmroyd Walkers Action Board showing three longer walks in Mytholmroyd. Take the path to the right of our board.

After a short time you come to a fork with the cycleway going to the left and a path going to the right, keep to the cycle way. The cycleway has a good surface following the railway line in between two wire fences for about a mile.

The path then becomes a lane and crosses the railway line on a metal bridge. The lane goes down hill for 100 yards and then turns sharply to the right where it becomes a tarmac surface and you pass the fine buildings that used to be Brearley Baptist chapel, school and Manse (built around 1840). Continue on down the lane until you reach a cross roads.

Brearley Lane crossroads
Brearley Lane crossroads

It is about 1½ miles back to Mytholmroyd, but if you are feeling fit you can go straight across on the cycle path to Luddendenfoot (just under a mile). When you reach Luddendenfoot, turn left down the road and either pick up the canal towpath after The Old brandy Wine or, if you have had enough, go on to the main road and get the bus back to Mytholmroyd (the bus stop is a few yards up the main road to your right)

To walk back to Mytholmroyd, you turn left at the crossroads, immediately coming to a fine stone bridge over the River Calder. it is worth a look over both sides of the bridge http://buytramadolbest.com (but listen out for traffic). To your left is a quiet rural view of meadows and the River Calder, while on your right, the river has been tamed with a weir and sluices for the mills. These two views sum up the landscape of the Upper Calder Valley – time and again you will trip over bits of industrial archeology in what first appears to be a very rural landscape.

Having crossed the bridge, you have a short incline to go up past the hamlet of Brearley and you turn left on to the canal towpath (watch out for the post with yellow waymarks on it).

The turning on to the canal towpath at Brearley
The turning on to the canal towpath at Brearley

You will now stay on the canal towpath until you reach Mytholmroyd, but three things to watch out for:

  • A fine view of Brearley Chapel buildings on your left
  • The remains on an old mill on your right
  • The playing fields on your left which were to be the site of the 1986 Yorkshire wind surfing trials (probably not a serious suggestion, but the playing fields do flood quite regularly).

At Bridge number 9 you have to go off the towpath up a short incline (the path to the left is less steep), which brings you on to an access road. Cross the road and you will see a gap in the hedge where there is a path that takes you back on to the canal. As you pass some industrial units you are nearing Mytholmroyd (watch out for one very short uneven surface on the towpath).

Go under bridge number 10 with some dwellings on the top and then you can reach the centre of Mytholmroyd by coming off the towpath at The White Lion or at bridge number 11 up a short flight of steps and left down Midgley Road.

If you’ve enjoyed these Gentle Walks around Mytholmroyd, why not try some slightly longer routes that take you up onto the hillsides? Mytholmroyd Walkers’ Action have produced a leaflet with maps, photographs and clear guidance for four waymarked trails. These are:

  • Wood Top (easy, 2.5 miles)
  • Scout Rock (moderate, 2.5 miles)
  • Churn Milk Joan (more strenuous, 5 miles)
  • A Riverside Walk Between Cragg Vale and Mytholmroyd along the river (moderate 3.5 miles)

The leaflets can be found in at the Tourist Information Centre in Hebden Bridge or from the Heart of the Pennines on-line shop.

Back to Gentle Walking home page

A CIRCULAR STROLL AROUND MYTHOLMROYD

This walk takes you round the back of Mytholmroyd, mainly through woodland.
Length and time
A little under 2 miles, taking a little more than an hour.
Gradients – how strenuous
Mainly flat, with one gentle incline
Terrain – how uneven
All on tracks or good paths, but one short stretch is a little uneven. After rain, one stretch can be soft or even muddy, but there is a dry alternative.Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.
There are a couple of easy path gates and one place where you have to do a short detour around a barrier (described below)

Facilities
There are pubs and cafes in Mytholmroyd

Points of interest
The great thing about this walk is that you are in the country, yet only a few yards from the town.

DIRECTIONS

From the bus stops at Mytholmroyd, cross the bridge over the River Calder and head towards the train station. Just past the railway bridge you take the sloping path (with red painted railings) that leads up to the station platform. At the top of the first slope you will see a Mytholmroyd Walkers Action Board showing three longer walks in Mytholmroyd (you will come across some of the yellow waymarks for these walks later on). Take the path to the right of our board.

After a short time you come to a clear fork with the cycleway going to the left and a path going to the right. Both of these are OK as they run in parallel. The path runs through several lovely glades in woodland, but if it has been raining, we suggest that you stick to the cycle track as the path can get muddy.

The path through woodland
The path through woodland

If you take the path, there is one obstacle which you can avoid by taking a small path off to the right of it – this takes you around the metal tube construction which is to prevent motor bikes from using the path. The path shortly rejoins the cycle track and after about half a mile the cycle track turns to the left and becomes a bit wider with a wall on the left. At this point if you look to your right you will see a path running alongside a wall doubling back towards Mytholmroyd

The path back to Mytholmroyd
The path back to Mytholmroyd

 

This path is a very old cart track that zigzags up the hillside probably towards Sowerby. The first http://buytramadolbest.com/phentermine.html section that you will be doing has quite a gentle incline. After passing through a metal gate the track leaves the wall, passes a fine stand of trees and heads towards the end of a house (called Scout Bottom). You pass through a gate (with a waymark indicating a right of way) and walk past the front of the house. This leads you on to a lovely tarmac lane which you follow straight ahead (watch out for a pond and some very old hedgrow plants).

After a few hundred yards a wooden barn comes into view on your left, you should now watch out for a waymark post on your right which is about 20 yards before the barn (it is easy to miss when the cow parsley is in flower).

Spot the waymark post! - it's on the right near the bottom of the photo
Spot the waymark post! – it’s on the right near the bottom of the photo

Take the path off to the right into the woods (a bit overgrown) which almost straight away turns left following an old railway fence. The path follows the fence on your right and some garden hedges on your left. The path is good (first few yards may be a bit overgrown), but there is one short stretch which is a bit uneven.

Keep straight ahead, ignoring two paths going off to the right and follow the large chain link fence on your left. Passing a childrens’ playground and an old sports field you reach a large industrial building (not the most attractive part of this walk) – keep going until you reach a car park (called Royal Fold). At the far end of the car park, you will see that you are back at the start of the walk and some refreshments.

If you’ve enjoyed this Gentle Walk around Mytholmroyd, why not try some slightly longer routes that take you up onto the hillsides? Mytholmroyd Walkers’ Action have produced leaflets with maps, photographs and clear guidance for three waymarked trails. These are:

  • Wood Top (easy, 2.5 miles)
  • Scout Rock (moderate, 2.5 miles)
  • Churn Milk Joan (more strenuous, 5 miles)
  • A Riverside Walk Between Cragg Vale and Mytholmroyd along the river (moderate 3.5 miles)

The leaflets can be found in at the Tourist Information Centre in Hebden Bridge or from the Heart of the Pennines on-line shop.

Back to Gentle Walking home page

DODDNAZE ACCESSIBLE CIRCULAR WALK

This walk involves a short bus ride to the Doddnaze estate and a trail that is designed for wheelchair accessibility.

Length and time
½ mile, 30 minutes (not including stopping to look at the views)

Gradients – how strenuous
There are a number of slight inclines

Terrain – how uneven
The ground is firm and dry with some stretches of tarmac

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.
There are no obstacles

Facilities
None.

Points of interest
Fantastic views of nearby hillsides; donkeys in the field at the end of the walk; picnic tables


DIRECTIONS

Take the bus 595 from the Hebden Bridge town centre or the railway station to Hirst Grove, Doddnaze (make a note of return times). Most buses on this route will take wheel chairs, but occasionally a non accessible bus is used – check with the driver on the way up.

Just back http://www.buyambienmed.com from the bus top is a small lane running in between two rows of houses. At the end of the lane you reach some garages and the entrance to Highhurst Walk which was established in 2004 with funding from Living Spaces and Yorkshire Water.

The start of Highhurst walk
The start of Highhurst walk

It is a circular winding path with and with no junctions to get lost at. There are seats at viewing points of moorland and the villages of Heptonstall and Old Town. Where there is an incline, the path has been asphalted.

At the end of the walk, turn right and right again at the T junction, this will take you back to the bus stop to return to Hebden Bridge.

Back to Gentle Walking home page

HARDCASTLE CRAGS AND BACK

Approx 30-40 minutes each way. Easy going.

From St George’s Square in the centre of Hebden Bridge, take the road in between the Shoulder of Mutton and Bridge Mill. With the Town Hall on your left, turn right into Valley Road. Continue right along Valley Road until it veers left past the Children’s play area and becomes Victoria Road. Turn second right, and then first left into Spring Grove. At the end of Spring Grove, you will see the old bridge at Salem over the Hebden Water.

The old bridge at Salem
The old bridge at Salem
View from the old bridge at Salem
View from the old bridge at Salem

After crossing the bridge, turn right along the riverside path.

The riverside path used to be surrounded by Himalayan balsam. Volunteers have now removed most of this invasive plant, along this stretch of the river.

Continue along the riverside path past the cricket and bowling grounds. Look out for a stunning collection of allotments on the left.

crags03

Just past the bowling http://healthsavy.com/product/adderal/ green, the path forks – see above. Take the left fork, and start walking up, past the inappropriate pine trees on the left. The landscape changes. You can see sheep in the fields and old farm buildings.

crags04

Follow the path as it turns back on itself just beyond this point.

Very soon, you turn right up steps pictured below.

crags05

Go up the steps (now cleared by CROWS volunteers) until you reach the track at the top. Turn right on to the track.

crags06

Walk along this tarmac track for a couple of hundred yards.

crags07

Take the next track off to the right

crags08acrags08b

This track takes you back down to rejoin the Hebden Water

crags09

As you approach the beginning of Hardcastle Crags proper, you pass the Blue Pig on your left.

crags10

Turn right just past the Blue Pig to the old bridge. From here you can walk into the Crags.

crags11aThe entrance to the path alongside the river.

crags11b

The easier main path along which you can walk through the centre of the Crags.

Alternatively, you may choose to retrace your steps back to Hebden Bridge.

901 BUS WALKS 12 Stainland to Sowood

HEBDEN BRIDGE WALKERS ACTION

901

901 BUS WALKS 12
Stainland to Sowood

Main features of the walk
This walk is in a rarely walked part of the area, you may see deer, you will get some great views and you are only a stones throw from Huddersfield.

Length and time
It’s about 3km (approx 2 miles) and should take you about 1 hour (plus stops). You may want to join this walk with the one from Barkisland to Stainland making a total of 8km (5 miles)

Gradients – how strenuous?
Most of the walk is flat or gently down hill, with about 1km uphill at the end

Terrain – how uneven?
The first half of the walk is on farm a good track, the remainder is on good footpaths

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.
There are a couple of gates and a stile.

Facilities on the walk
There are three pubs at the start and the New Inn at Sowood at the end

What to take?
You need a pair of boots or reasonable walking shoes with ‘grippy’ soles as parts of the route will be muddy, especially after rain.

DIRECTIONS

Take the 901 bus from Hope Street in Hebden Bridge.

  1. Ask the driver to put you off at the stop for Stainland (near the school)
  2. Walk past the school keeping it on your right. At the junction turn right http://healthsavy.com/product/ativan/ along Bowling Green road and at the next junction turn left on to Stainland Road.
  3. After 700 metres, just before the church, fork right on a track called Carr Hall Lane. Follow this bridleway for 750 metres, and just after Castle Farm (fenced with security cameras), turn right through a tall metal gate on to a footpath.
  4. Cross a stream and follow the footpath up hill and at a fallen tree walk into the woods heading diagonally uphill towards another tall metal gate. Follow the path ahead and drop down, crossing the stream and a stile.
  5. Follow the path to the left, going uphill to some steps to the right of a wall. Continue on the path following the wall to a metal gate and just after it bends sharply to the left it arrives at a junction where you turn right on to a track. After 300 metres the track joins New Road at Sowood.
  6. Turn right on the road and the 901 bus stops are close by or you can cross the road and head straight uphill on a grassy path that leads you to Forest Hill Road. The New Inn is to the just to the left.

Check the bus times to get a return bus.

901 BUS WALKS 11 Ripponden to Stainland

HEBDEN BRIDGE WALKERS ACTION

901

901 BUS WALKS 11
Ripponden to Stainland

Main features of the walk
This walk takes you through many different landscapes with great views.
The walk is mainly along isolated lanes, passing some interesting
buildings and sweet streams.

Length and time
It’s about 11km (approx 7 miles) and should take you about 3½  hours (plus stops).

Gradients – how strenuous?
The walk has several descents into river valleys and climbs back up.

Terrain – how uneven?
This walk is mostly on tracks and lanes, with the rest on good footpaths.

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.
There are several stiles on the route.

Facilities on the walk
This walk has no facilities on the route but refreshments are available at both ends

What to take?
You need a pair of reasonable walking shoes with ‘grippy’ soles as
parts of the route will be muddy after rain.

DIRECTIONS

Get the 901 bus from Hope street, Hebden Bridge.

  1. Ask the bus driver to put you off at the Brig Royd – the main stop on Ripponden. Cross the road, turn right and then left down the cobbled Priest Lane. Pass the Old Bridge Inn, cross the bridge towards the church and turn up to your right and the main road.
  2. Turn left up the main road for 100 metres. Take the partially concealed footpath off to the right by Chapel Bank House. Continue on this partly paved path over the railway line and uphill (you get some great views from this section). Go past and around Quakers Paddock. After another 100 metres on this track, when you come to a T junction, turn left up the tarmac lane for 50 metres until it joins a tarmac road where you turn sharp right.
  3. Follow this road the road for 400 metres and take the right fork on to a single track tarmac road. Keep ahead when the tarmac ends. After about 1km, cross a ford and follow the lane up hill for 100 metres until you reach a house called The Spread Eagle. Here, take the part cobbled lane left uphill which bends to the left at Lower Hall Green. 50 metres after the farm take the public bridleway on the left marked Cockpit Lane.
  4. Continue to the end of the bridleway and turn left on to a tarmac lane. Cross the bridge and take the way-marked footpath going off uphill to the right through banks of heather. Keep straight ahead on this path (you can take either path at the fork) and after 300 metres you cross the main road, taking either the footpath or the road straight ahead. After 100 metres you arrive at a T junction where you turn left on to Scammonden Road.
  5. Walk on this minor road for 1km until you pass Withens Lane on your left and just after going under the electric pylons, turn right on the way-marked foot path and when you join the track, go straight ahead. You pass Banquet House, and at Firth House Farm take the path on the left. Follow the path alongside holly tress, coming out at a T junction by a house where you turn left. After 200 metres at a junction, turn right down a partly cobbled road. After Penny Hill Cottages on a bend, take the way-marked footpath going off to the left on a track called Crow Wood Lane.
  6. Follow this track high above Black Brook (going below the farmhouse) for 1km.
    Head down the tarmac road, passing a mill dam and as you reach the recycling plant, take the footpath going off to the left, staying above the plant. The end of the path, drops down to the road next to the offices where you turn left. Follow the road alongside the brook (watch out for trucks) for 800 metres to a crossroads just past Barkisland Mill. Turn right up this road in front of the mill (there are some pavements higher up).
  7. Go 800 metres up hill ignoring a footpath and bridleway going
    off to the left). Just after the road narrows, take the footpath on the
    left going up three steps to the gap in the wall, bearing off to the right towards the corner of the field. Cross into the next field, immediately going through a gap stile next to a metal gate on your left. Head towards the marker post on the horizon, where you turn right, along a wall. Ignore the path through the wall, the path becomes a track and after 300 metres head slightly right to a gap stile in the wall at the back of Fall Springs Gardens estate. Walk through the estate coming out by the old Mechanics institute on Stainland Road.

Check the times for the 901 back to the start.