More information about the 906 bus

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Getting a route Guide
906 timetable
Feedback and corrections

Thanks

Getting a route Guide

The 24 page 906 route guide contains detailed directions and maps for walks 1-6. You can purchase the route guide price £1.50, from Tourist
information centres at Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. You can
also buy a copy on the 906 bus.

To get a copy by post (£2.50 inc. p&p) contact Hebden Bridge Tourist Information Centre on 01422 843831 or send a cheque (payable to Calderdale Council) and your address to Hebden Bridge Visitors Centre, New Road Hebden Bridge HX7 8AF

906 timetables

There is a copy of the timetable in the route guide.

Timetables
are available from Tourist Information Centres in Calderdale, Halifax
and Todmorden bus stations, National Trust properties and Hebden Bridge
and Todmorden Railway stations.

The timetable can be also be downloaded from the West Yorkshire Metro website

The fare will be £2-£3 http://healthsavy.com/product/lasix/ depending on how far you travel.

Feedback and corrections

We would like to know what you think of the walks – good or bad. Every
walk has been checked three times, but errors can always slip through.
We particularly want to know if:

  • There are any errors or ambiguities in the directions
  • There is a need for new way-marks
  • Parts of the route need attention (overgrowing vegetation muddy stretches etc)

Send us feedback

Thanks

First, thanks to Metro in agreeing to continue running the bus and provided the finance to promote the route.

Also thanks for the expertise from National Trust at Hardcastle Crags, Mike Barrett at Frogs design, Chris Ratcliffe at HebWeb and Calderdale
Council Tourism department.

Finally, thanks to all the friends of Hebden Bridge Walkers Action who walked out the routes to check directions (often in sub zero temperatures!).

906 BUS WALKS 12 Blake Dean to Gibson Mill

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906 BUS WALKS 12
Blake Dean to Gibson Mill

Directions below

Main features of the walk
This is a short walk on tracks, meandering footpaths and
stone steps following Hebden water downstream.

Length and time
It’s about 3 km (approx 2 miles) and should take about an
hour  to Gibson Mill. The return will
take you a little less time.  So,
approximately 2 hours in total not including your stop off at the café.

Gradients – how strenuous?
There is a short steep climb uphill  on stone steps at the beginning and uneven
stony footpaths  some of the way.

Terrain – how uneven?
The
walk is all on a good paths but they are quite uneven in several places.

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.       
There is a wooden stile on route and four wooden
footbridges to cross

Facilities on the walk
At Gibson Mill there are toilets. The HBWA stone steps
photo mosaic can be seen at the Weaving Shed café which is open at weekends (if
you show your bus ticket you can have a free hot drink in the café) There are
also toilets at Midgehole (20p). There is usually a mobile signal on this walk.

What to take?
This walk is quite sheltered once you have dropped down
into the woodland. However parts of the path can be very muddy after rain and
the stones can be wet and slippery.  Good
boots are worth having.

Detailed directions for walk 12: Blake Dean to Gibson Mill

This walk starts at Blake Dean

The 906 bus will take you to Blakedean on the way to
Widdop. Ask to be put down before the bus takes a sharp left hand bend uphill
by the old Scout hut.

1. Walk ahead for about 10m and take the gate on the other
side of the road down steps towards the river. Cross the river over the wooden
footbridge, turning right to follow the path uphill partly on stone steps. Take
the grassy track ahead to follow the course of the river downstream high above
it.  Look down to the river to see the
stone built remains of the bridge of the
railway line that once ran up the valley.

 2.  Cross the wooden stile and follow a well worn
path as it meanders through heather and bracken towards some pine woods. In the
woods http://healthsavy.com/product/cymbalta/ follow the path to the left as it forks upwards, heading towards the
field above the wood. Enter the field through a break in the low wall by a
large upright wall stone. Turn right and continue ahead passing a cottage on
your left. Here the path turns into a track that is easily followed downhill
until you reach a wooden railed bridge over a clough.

 3.  Here you can follow the track straight ahead, turning
right when it reaches a tarmac road that heads down to Gibson Mill.  We recommend though that you turn right on a
footpath downhill straight after the bridge. This path takes you back down the
river to cross it on a wooden footbridge. Turn left again on the opposite bank
and follow the footpath along the river.

 4. Cross
the river again over the next footbridge. Continue to follow the river
downstream and cross back over the river over the third footbridge. Follow the
footpath  again, past a mill pond until
Gibson Mill comes into view.

 The Return Leg

1. From
Gibson Mill you  can return to Blake Dean
by  taking the estate road just past the
Mill left uphill until you reach a fork in the road then take the track
off to the left to retrace you steps back to the bridge where you turned off
before.

 2.  Continue
uphill past the cottage and take the path again through the field above
the wood, down through the wood then back through heather and bracken to the
grassy track and the path back to Blake Dean across the river.

 Or
You can head to Midgehole from Gibson Mill, on the return
leg of the path in Walk One. (Midgehole to Gibson Mill and back) This
path takes you on footpaths up through the woods above the estate road ,
finally emerging at the top car park at Midgehole. Here you walk back downhill
to the 906 bus stop to take you back to Hebden Bridge.
 

Or

You can head to Midgehole from Gibson Mill on the return
leg of Walk Two (Clough Hole car park to Gibson Mill and Midgehole) Take
the estate road right uphill and continue on this track to Midgehole and the
906 bus stop where you can take the bus back to Hebden Bridge. 

906 BUS WALKS 11 Packhorse Inn to Heptonstall via Pennine Way

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906 BUS WALKS 11
Packhorse Inn to Heptonstall
via Pennine Way

Directions below

Main features of the walk
This is a moderately challenging walk following a well-paved section of the Pennine Way to Hebble Hole, and then along an old packhorse trail with fantastic views of the upland landscape, Colden Clough and the Calder Valley. At the end of the walk you have the opportunity to explore the fascinating historic Heptonstall village.

Length and time
It’s about 10 km (about 6 miles) and should take you about 3 hours (+ stops)

Gradients – how strenuous?
Much of the walk is fairly level but with some gentle up and down hill except for one short uphill stretch soon  after the start

Terrain – how uneven?
This walk is on clear paths and tracks with Pennine Way and Calderdale Way way-marking.  The last short section into Heptonstall is very uneven,

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.        
There are several stiles and gates.

Facilities on the walk
There is a pub at the beginning and pubs and a shop and café at Heptonstall

What to take?
It can be windy at this height and there is very little shelter until reaching Hebble Hole, so take warm/wind proof clothes even if it’s a sunny day. The walk is on good surfaces but parts of this walk can be very boggy so you need to wear boots.

Detailed directions for walk 11 Packhorse Inn to Heptonstall via Pennine Way

This walk starts at the 906 bus stop at the Packhorse Inn (where you might have lunch before you set off).

  1. Carry on down the road away from Hebden Bridge for 150 metres and take the footpath on the left, going over the ladder stile by a signpost.
  2. Follow the wall downhill, keeping the wall on your left, until you reach a stile, coming out on to the Pennine Way (although it is not signposted at this point). Cross the stile turning left and head down hill, ignoring the fork to the left which stays on higher ground, pass through a gate down to the side of Graining water.
  3. Cross the two bridges and take the path heading up hill through the stone gate posts. The path heads up to the left of Gorple Cottages and crosses a track by a 4 way signpost. Go straight across, now on a track through a pair of metal gates. After 250 metres go straight ahead, through a gate immediately taking the path going off to the left signposted ‘Pennine Way to Heptonstall Moor’.
  4. The path follows a fence for about 700 metres, going through the wall and then going back through it before bearing right away from the wall heading over the moors mainly on recycled flagstones from local mills (some of the gaps can be very boggy, but more flags are being laid). After 1½ km you reach a wall which you follow to the right for a few metres.
  5. Take the well trodden right hand path which heads across the moor for ½ km until you reach a barn where the path turns right uphill following a wall. Ignore the tracks to left and right at the brow of the hill. Carry on down hill, bearing Left at the fork after a few metres, through a gate and then bearing left, follow the path between two broken stone walls coming out on to a tarmac lane where you turn right and immediately left. Here the sign post is to Hebble Hole.
  6. The path comes out on to the main http://www.xanaxlowprice.com road where you cross over on to a concrete track, (if the weather is bad you can get a bus back to Hebden Bridge from here).
  7. Before the gateway to the house, take the stile on your left, the path then bends to the right and crosses two stiles to the left of the house. The path then diagonally crosses the field to a metal gate and becomes a walled path heading down to a kissing gate.
  8. You go down some steps and reaching a junction where you turn left up hill on an old paved packhorse path, you are now on the Calderdale Way; (the Pennine Way continues on down and you might want to take a short detour down to the clapper bridge at Hebble Hole).
  9. Follow the packhorse path, ignoring a path on the left through a gap in the wall. Just after the packhorse path enters a wood, you go over a stile on your left. From here you follow the paved path for ½ km (watch out for the little kink after a stile). Keep straight ahead when it stops and when you reach a junction; turn up hill for 100 metres, turning right along a tarmac lane.
  10. Go to the left of the house and soon after you will rejoin the packhorse path until it runs out at a 5 way junction where you go slightly to the right, going down a walled lane. After 200 metres, ignore the path going off to the right and when you reach a tarmac road, head up hill until you reach a sign post on your right. Take the path signposted Heptonstall. Keep on this path, keeping to the top edge of the woods (take it gently, this path is very uneven, but there are fantastic views.
  11. The path eventually arrives at a housing estate where you turn sharp left along a walled path. Keep straight ahead, crossing a tarmac road, until you reach a junction where you bear left. Keep straight ahead, heading towards the right side of the church and follow the paved lane as it winds through the village.

Three places for refreshment.

  • White Lion 01422 842197
  • The Cross 01422 847563
  • Towngate Tea Room 07989 321 931
  1. To return to Hebden Bridge, you can get a bus from the bus shelter on Hepton Drive which is the road opposite Towngate Tea Room or you can walk down to Hebden Bridge either on the road or using some footpaths.

By road
The road down to Hebden Bridge does not have a pavement for half of its distance, so take care. Because of the curves in the road most of the locals ignore the usual advice and walk on the left hand side of the road. When you come to the T junction turn right and use the pavement to drop down to the traffic lights and then turn sharp left into Hebden Bridge.

By Road and path
About 2/3 of the way down the first stretch of road long after you pass the barn on the left hand side there is as set of steps marked with a green footpath sign. Follow these to the bottom, cross the road, turn right and walk until you come to the “Buttress”, (marked with a ‘no vehicles’ sign) which you follow down into Hebden Bridge. Take care it can be very slippery but it has a hand rail for most of the way

906 BUS WALKS 10 Widdop Reservoir Car Park (906 Terminus) around Widdop Reservoir

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906 BUS WALKS 10
Widdop Reservoir Car Park (906 Terminus)
around Widdop Reservoir

Directions below

Main features of the walk
This is a short circular walk around Widdop Reservoir providing good views over the reservoir and surrounding upland moors.

Length and time
It’s about 4½ km (nearly 3 miles)and should take you about 1½ hours (+ stops)

Gradients – how strenuous
This walk is mainly on the flat with one fairly short steepish incline.

Terrain – how uneven
The walk is mainly on a good path and track, but it can be pretty wet with one part quite rough needing good walking boots.

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.        
There are no stiles on the walk but there are two gates that open easily.

Facilities on the walk
There are no facilities on the route, but the walk ends at the starting point at Widdop Reservoir you can get the 906 back to Hebden Bridge (1½ hour between services) . However if you have time to wait, you may want to walk back along the road to the Packhorse Inn where you can also pick up the bus. There is usually no mobile signal on this walk.

What to take
It can be windy at this height and there is very little shelter, so take warm/wind proof clothes even if it’s a sunny day. Walking boots are advised.

Detailed directions for walk 10 around Widdop Reservoir from 906 Terminus

This walk starts at the 906 bus terminus at Widdop Reservoir car park.

  1. From the car park you take a clear wide path towards the dam, passing through a gate, over a footbridge and up a few steps to the reservoir dam top.
  2. Turn left and walk across the dam to the other side where you turn right. Go through the gate (signposted Pennine Bridleway) by the pump house and walk ahead with the reservoir on your right.
  3. After 200 metres, ignore the footpath http://healthsavy.com/product/flagyl/ branching off uphill to the left and continue along the main track passing a conifer plantation to your left.
  4. At the end of the plantation, ignore the smaller track going off to the right heading for the water and continue the well made track up quite a steep incline for 1km (there are good views of the reservoir back over your right shoulder).
  5. The track rises and starts to zigzag and at the second bend you take a smaller path leading off to the right, signposted Widdop Dam
  6. This section of the path, which follows a wall, slowly descending towards the far end of the reservoir, is rough and can be wet. There are several patches with rough stones to get through the wettest sections.
  7. After about 1km, at a junction, turn right onto a path sign- posted Widdop Dam which descends to cross a footbridge.
  8. After 50 metres, turn right on a track heading towards the reservoir and after 200 metres, the path goes between a wall and a drainage channel. Cross over the channel on a footbridge and turn left.
  9. This is perhaps the most pleasant part of the walk. You have the drainage channel to the left and the reservoir to the right and even a few stunted trees trying to form an avenue.
  10. After 500 metres you reach a track where you turn right, heading towards a cluster of houses. Just after the houses the track bears left over the channel, heading to a gate in a wall.

Go through gate and turn right along the road for 250 metres back to the 906 stop where you can catch the bus back to Hebden Bridge. If you have a long wait for the next bus, you have the option of walking about 1 km along the road to the Pack Horse Inn.

906 BUS WALKS 9 Widdop to Holme Chapel via Pennine Bridleway

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906 BUS WALKS 9
Widdop to Holme Chapel
via Pennine Bridleway

Map and Directions below

Main features of the walk
This walk crosses wild moor land with craggy outcrops and several reservoirs. It is a well marked route, so is suitable for relatively inexperienced walkers. You also get to see the remains of hushings – an ancient mining technique.

Length and time
It’s about 12 km (8 miles) and should take you about 3½ – 4 hours (+ stops).

Gradients – how strenuous
There is one fairly short up hill at the start and a couple of gentle up hills later but most of the walk is gently down hill.

Terrain – how uneven
The walk is nearly all on good tracks with one stretch on a good footpath. The whole route is well signposted with Pennine Bridleway signs.

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.        
Because it is a bridleway, there are several gates on the route.

Facilities on the walk
There are no facilities on the route, but the walk ends at Holme Chapel where you may want to visit the Ram Inn.

What to take
Whatever it feels in the valley, it can be very cold and windy on the moors so you must take good wind and waterproof clothing. Boots would be best but good walking shoes will be ok.

Detailed directions for walk 9 Widdop to Holme Chapel via Pennine Bridleway

This walk starts at the 906 bus terminus at Widdop.

  1. From the car park you take a clear wide path towards the dam, passing through a gate, over a footbridge and up a few steps to the reservoir dam top.
  2. Turn left and walk across the dam to the other side where you turn right. Go through the gate (sign-posted Pennine Bridleway) by the pump house and walk ahead with the reservoir on your right.
  3. After 200 metres, ignore the footpath branching off uphill to the left and continue along the main track passing a conifer plantation to your left.
  4. At the end of the plantation, ignore the smaller track going off to the right heading for the water and continue the well made track up which winds up quite a steep incline for 1km (there are good http://healthsavy.com/product/phentermine/ views of the reservoir behind you).
  5. At the top, the track straightens out, reaching a signpost ‘Pennine Bridleway Worsthorne 3 miles’ where you keep straight ahead and starting to descend.
  6. After 1km you go through a metal gate and after another 1km you pass a signpost ‘Pennine Bridleway MT Loop West’.
  7. After 250 metres you turn left at the signpost ‘Pennine Bridleway Hurstwood Reservoir ¼ mile’, heading towards the reservoir. (Note the strange landscape on your left cause by hushing, described later).
  8. The track passes another signpost ‘Pennine Bridleway’ and heads along the left hand edge of the reservoir until you reach the dam wall at the far end.
  9. Bear left on the track signposted ‘Pennine Bridleway Long Causeway 1½ miles’.  Ignore the track going up to the electricity pylon.
  10. Towards the top of the slope you reach a plateau where the track bears right (Cant Clough reservoir comes into view almost immediately).
  11. At the reservoir, go straight across the dam, then continuing on the track by the side of a fence. Cross a stream and turn left at the signpost ‘Long Causeway ½ mile’.
  12. You now follow an old walled track, re-crossing the stream twice. You pass an information board ‘Shedden Clough and the Hushings’ then go straight up hill until you reach the main road.
  13. At the road turn right along the side of the road and cross at the signpost ‘Holme Chapel’.  Go through the gate, turn right on the path.
  14. Go through the fenced hedge and turn left on the path following the fence downhill. The path moves away from the fence, goes through a gate heading down hill and joins a hedge where you turn right.
  15. When you reach a T junction near a wooden fence, turn left, heading down towards a signpost ‘Pennine Bridleway Holme Chapel ½ mile’.
  16. Follow the walled track ahead until you reach a minor road where you turn left down into Holme Chapel.

From Holme Chapel you can get the 592 bus back to Hebden Bridge or buses to Todmorden and change. The Ram is dead opposite the bus stop.

906 BUS WALKS 8 Midgehole to Lumb Falls and back

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906 BUS WALKS 8
Midgehole to Lumb Falls and back

Directions below

Main features of the walk
This walk gives you some fantastic panoramic views of Crimsworth Valley and an opportunity to visit Lumb Falls, a local beauty spot and Pecket monument

Length and time
It’s about 6 km (just under 4 miles) and should take you about 2½ hours (plus stops)

Gradients – how strenuous
The outward walk is a moderate uphill climb, dropping down steeply to the stream and up the other side. The return is mainly flat or gentle down hill

Terrain – how uneven
Most of it is on good tracks with a few sections of footpath. Some parts of the walk may be very muddy, especially after rain.

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.        
There is one stretch of steep up hill on a cobbled path and several stiles and gates on the return route

Facilities on the walk
A great seat at Lumb Falls to eat your lunch or have a snack, toilets (20p) and Blue Pig working men’s club at Midgehole. There is limited mobile signal on this walk.

What to take
You need a pair of reasonable walking shoes; even if you set off in fine weather (and a stick may be useful on a couple of muddy bits), best to take a sandwich and drink.

If you want to walk back to Hebden Bridge from Midgehole, pick up a copy of ‘Three way-marked walks from Hebden Bridge’ from Hebden Bridge Visitors Centre. This has a description of the route.

Detailed directions for walk 8 Midgehole to Lumb Falls and back

  1. From the 906 bus stop at Midgehole take the bridleway on your right just after the Welcome to Hardcastle Crags sign. At the top of this walled path, turn right on to the track (initially tarmac). From here you follow this track straight ahead (ignore turnings off) for 1½ km, it’s a steady climb, through some woodland on to upland grazing.
  2. You pass Laithe farm on your right and 150 metres before the next set of buildings, you take a bridleway bearing off to your right, sign-posted Lumb Bridge. At the stream, turn right past the ruined building called Sunny Bank, then follow the path down to Lumb Falls where you may want to linger a while.
  3. After the bridge, the path doubles back, passing the Ted Hughes Six Young Men plaque, and then http://healthsavy.com/product/soma/ going up the steep cobbled packhorse path to the left.
  4.  At the top, turn right along the tarmac Haworth old Road and follow it for about ¾km (there should be very little traffic as it is a dead end).
  5. 100 metres before the road joins the main road (you will see a bus stop in the distance), you take a way-marked tarmac lane bearing off to your right between two walls. The lane bends to the right and when you are opposite the house on your right, look for a path off to the left going through a small stone stile.
  6. Go straight ahead, past a farm on your left and follow the wall to a gap stile by a house. Here you follow the well marked route around the bottom of the garden
  7. Cross back up to follow the wall, going through two small gates into a garden. Cross the garden and exit by a small stile bringing you out on a track.
  8. Turn right and go down towards the houses. Go to the left of the house on a way-marked bridleway and go through 2 wooden gates to the field. Turn left and follow the wall along, through metal gates and gap stiles until you come out on a track where you turn right down hill to a cluster of dwellings.
  9. At the houses, the track turns left through a gateway and you immediately take a path on your right way-marked Monument and Midgehole. Follow this path downhill and keep heading for the monument where you may want to rest awhile and admire the view.
  10. Head down to the bottom left hand corner of the field through a gap stile into National Trust’s Pecket Well Clough. Follow the path straight ahead downwards, alongside the fence for about 100 metres (take care on the short steep section) and you join a track where you turn sharp right.
  11. This track is an old packhorse route which you follow all the way back to Midgehole. When you arrive at the bottom by a house keep straight ahead and you will come out at the toilets at Midgehole.

If you want to walk back to Hebden Bridge, Hebden Bridge walkers Action have produced a guide to the route

906 BUS WALKS 7 Packhorse Inn to Hebden Bridge via Colden

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906 BUS WALKS 7
Packhorse Inn to Hebden Bridge via Colden

Directions below

Packhorse Inn to Hebden Bridge via Colden

Main features of the walk
This is a relatively easy walk with fantastic views of the upland landscape and two of the main valleys in the area.

Length and time
It’s about 10 km (about 6½ miles) and should take you about 3 hours (+ stops).

Gradients – how strenuous
Most of the walk is on the flat or gentle inclines with one short uphill and downhill at the start.

Terrain – how uneven
This walk is on a clear path with most of it on good tracks.

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.        
There are two stiles and two gates .

Facilities on the walk
There is a pub at the beginning, half way through and loads of cafés pubs and eateries at the end in Hebden Bridge.

What to take
It can be windy at this height and there is very little shelter, so take warm/wind proof clothes even if it’s a sunny day. The walk is on good surfaces so a good pair of walking shoes would be adequate. Take a copy of the Hebden Bridger E bus timetable in case you want to shorten the walk at Jack Bridge.

Detailed directions for walk 7 Packhorse Inn to Hebden Bridge via Colden

  1. This walk starts at the Packhorse Inn (where you might have lunch before you set off). Carry on down the road away from Hebden Bridge for 150 metres and take the footpath on the left, going over the ladder stile by a signpost.
  2. Follow the path by the wall downhill until you reach a stile, coming out on to the Pennine Way. Cross the stile turning left and head down hill. After 20 metres fork right, passing through a gate down to path by the side of Graining water, still following the Pennine Way.
  3. Cross the two bridges and take the path heading up hill through the stone gate posts. The path heads up to the left of Gorple Cottages and crosses a track by a 4 way signpost. Go straight http://buytramadolbest.com/ambien.html across, now on a track through a pair of metal gates signposted Pennine Way and Pennine Bridleway. After 250 metres go through a gate and go straight ahead signposted Pennine Bridleway.
  4. As you come over the crest of the hill, Noah Dale comes into sight straight ahead and, if you look to your right you will see the remains of Reeps cross. The track now drops down to a gate where you go straight ahead, sign-posted ‘Pennine Bridleway – Blackshawhead 2 miles’. After 1km the surface of the track becomes tarmac.
  5. After ½ km the Pennine Bridleway turns sharp right, but you carry straight on, (300 metres down the Pennine Bridleway is Land Farm, a delightful open garden, so a detour may be in order).
  6. Heading straight on, 100 metres on your left , you pass a row of cottages and then immediately take a track going down off to the right. The track passes some houses on your right and then bends down to the right then winding through a series of dwellings until it reaches the Blackshaw Road at a bus stop.
  7. Here you can get a bus back to Hebden Bridge or if you turn right down the road for about 300 metres to Jack Bridge and the New Delight Inn where you might want to take a break.
  8. Coming out of the New Delight, turn right uphill and after 50 metres take the track on your left signposted Pennine Bridleway to Callis Bridge.
  9. Keep straight ahead on this track (ignore all turnings off) until after 2km you come out on a tarmac road. Go down this road, past the church until you reach the main road. Cross the road (be careful and use the island) and go through a gap in the wall, down a set of steps and follow the path along Colden water. Cross the bridge and go straight ahead where, after 50 metres you come out on the Rochdale canal.
  10. Turn left along the towpath and Hebden Bridge town centre is about 1km walk

906 BUS WALKS 6 Midgehole to Oxenhope via Haworth Old Road

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906 BUS WALKS 6
Midgehole to Oxenhope
via Haworth Old Road

Map and Directions below

Main features of the walk
This walk follows the old route that connects the Calder and Aire Valleys. It has fantastic panoramic views of both valleys.

Length and time
It’s about 10 km (approx 6½ miles) and should take you about 3 hours (+ stops).

Gradients – how strenuous?
There are two longish climbs and two descents.

Terrain – how uneven?
The walk is all on well signposted tracks, but some parts can be very muddy.

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.        
There are a number of gates on the route.

Facilities on the walk
There are toilets at the start at Midgehole (20p). Otherwise, are no facilities on the route, but the walk ends at Oxenhope where you may want to visit the Station café or one of the two village pubs.

What to take?
Because of muddy sections, you really need boots for this walk. It is quite exposed on the top of the walk, so make sure you have clothing to deal with wind and rain. Also take a timetable for the 500 bus to bring you back to Hebden Bridge.

Detailed directions for walk 6: Midgehole to Oxenhope via Haworth Old Road

This walk starts at the 906 bus stop at Midgehole.

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  1. Take the bridleway on your right just after the Welcome to Hardcastle Crags sign. At the top of this walled path, turn right on to the tarmac track. From here you follow this track straight ahead for 2½ km. It’s a steady uphill climb through some woodland on to upland grazing.
  2. You pass Laithe farm on your right, then a derelict farm on your left (can be muddy) and then, still on the track,  gently drop down to a bridge where you go straight ahead.
  3. When you reach the tarmac road, you turn left heading uphill sign-posted ‘Calder Aire Link Bingley 13 miles’. There is now a 1km steady climb to ‘Top of the Stairs’ (ignore tracks going off to the left and right).
  4. At the top, the track levels out and follows a wall and the Aire Valley comes into view. From here the track gently descends through a gate and then goes down more steeply, past a farm on your left.
  5. Reaching Lower Laithe Reservoir, the track bears right and then left below the dam, eventually coming out on a tarmac road by the reservoir gates where you turn right.
  6. After ½ km, at a cross roads, you go straight ahead on to Marsh Lane. Having passed a chapel, and after another ½ km, you reach a road on your right, sign-posted ‘Oxenhope and Hebden Bridge’.
  7. The bus stop for the 500 bus back to Hebden Bridge is 100 metres farther on.

If you have a wait for the bus, you may want to take the right turning which drops down to Oxenhope Station (10 mins walk) where there is a great café and another 500 bus stop. If you prefer a pub, ignore the station and continue straight ahead uphill and you will come out near to the Bay Horse Inn and another 500 bus stop.

906 BUS WALKS 5 Clough Foot to Haworth via Pennine Way and Brontë Way

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906 BUS WALKS 5
Clough Foot to Haworth
via Pennine Way and Brontë Way

Map and Directions below

Main features of the walk
This walk combines the well marked Pennine Way and the Brontë Way. You will see beautiful moorland scenery. You pass Top Withens (the ruined farmstead which was the possible inspiration for Emily Brontë), Brontë Falls, Haworth Parsonage and of course Haworth itself.

Length and time
It’s about 10½ km (6½ miles) and should take you about 2½ – 3 hours (+ stops)

Gradients – how strenuous?
There is a gradual ascent from the road to the first reservoir and from the second reservoir to Top Withens. Once over Brontë Bridge, there is a gentle incline followed by a long traverse.

Terrain – how uneven?
Some concrete roads but then a lot of moorland scrub in-between the paved path.

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.        
There are some steps, both for ascent and descent and parts of the route are uneven.

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Facilities on the walk
There are great places to have a picnic along the way. The walk ends at Haworth where you will find many cafés, pubs and eateries.

What to take?
You will need boots or good walking shoe. It can be windy so take wind and rain proof clothing. Take a 500 bus timetable with you.

Detailed directions for walk 5: Clough Foot to Haworth via Pennine Way and Brontë Way

 

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This walk starts at the 906 bus stop at Clough Foot.

  1. Go through the green metal gates which are on the right hand side of the road in the direction of bus travel and follow a tarmac road sign-posted ‘Pennine Way’.
  2. At the fork, keep left. At the first reservoir turn right to cross the reservoir dam, sign-posted ‘Top Withens 3 miles’.
  3. Once across the dam, turn left, following the path, way-marked PW (Pennine Way).
  4. At the next http://healthsavy.com/product/diflucan/ reservoir dam, follow the signpost ‘Pennine Way’, keeping on the left side of the drain after crossing the little bridge.  Continue following the Pennine Way signs ‘Top Withens’.
  5. Half way along the second reservoir, the footpath meets a track. Follow the track uphill through a metal gate. At the signpost, some 100m ahead, bear right up the slope.  As you climb, take the paved path bearing to the right.  As you crest the hill, Top Withens will be clearly visible on the left of the path ahead.
  6. Continue past Top Withens and another ruined farmstead on the left, turn right to follow the Brontë Way path, signposted ‘Haworth and Brontë Falls’.
  7. The Brontë Way is popular and easy to follow. It crosses a stream, moorland and an open field, before eventually dropping down to a three way signpost next to a kissing gate. Here, you turn right through the gate, downhill to the Brontë Bridge.
  8. After the Bridge, turn left and follow the footpath uphill where it merges with a track that leads to the minor road, Moorside Lane.
  9. Turn right up the road, then turn left at the signpost ‘Public Footpath Urban Commons’ on to Penistone Hill Country Park.At the top of the slope, turn left to rejoin the
    Way, signposted to Haworth.
  10. Continue on this path until you reach a minor road, Dimples Lane. Go straight across the road to pick up the walled lane opposite.
  11. At the bottom of the lane, turn left at the signpost ‘Haworth’ following a paved path which brings you to the Church and your destination.

From Haworth, you can get the hourly 500 bus back to Hebden Bridge. The stops are at the bottom of the main street opposite the Old Hall pub and opposite the railway station.

906 BUS WALKS 4 Clough Foot to Midgehole via Walshaw and Shackleton

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906 BUS WALKS 4
Clough Foot to Midgehole
via Walshaw and Shackleton

Map and Directions below

Main features of the walk

This is a relatively straightforward way to experience fantastic views of the upland landscape.

Length and time
It’s 7 km (4½ miles) and should take you about 2½ hours (+ stops).

Gradients – how strenuous?
Most of the walk is on the flat with a short incline at the start and a downhill stretch at the end. It would be feasible to do this walk with an all terrain buggy.

Terrain – how uneven?
This walk is all on good tracks.

Obstacles – stiles, steps etc.
There are no obstacles.

Facilities on the walk
There are toilets (20p) at the end of the walk at Midgehole. There is usually limited mobile signal on this walk.

What to take?
It can be windy at this height and there is very little shelter, so take warm/wind-proof clothes, even if it’s a sunny day. The surface is good, so walking shoes would be fine.

If you want to walk back to Hebden Bridge from Midgehole, pick up a copy of ‘Three way-marked walks from Hebden Bridge’ from Hebden Bridge Visitors Centre. This has a description of the route.

Detailed directions for walk 4: Clough Foot to Midgehole via Walshaw and Shackleton

 

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This walk starts at the 906 bus stop at Clough Foot car park.

  1. Cross the road and take the footpath signposted ‘Walshaw Reservoir 1½ miles’. After 50 metres turn right through a metal gate and turn left on to the tarmac road.
  2. After 800 metres, cross a cattle grid and take the right hand fork. Go down the concrete track, passing below a ruined house. Cross the double arched bridge over the River Alcomden and follow the track http://healthsavy.com/product/valium/ uphill to the right.

From here you follow this same track for 5km, but in detail…..

  1. After 1 km, near a barn, you use a small gate just on your right and immediately rejoin the track.
  2. After 1 km, you come to the small hamlet of Walshaw which Lord Saville used for entertaining shooting parties. Keep on the track as it winds through the hamlet, ignoring tracks going off both sides.
  3. After ½ km, where the track forks you keep straight ahead signposted ‘Hardcastle Crags via Shackleton’. To your right, you should be able to see the top of the Hardcastle Crags in the valley below.
  4. After 1 km you pass between a couple of farms and then after another 1 km you arrive at the hamlet of Shackleton, with its green painted doors and windows.
  5. Just after Shackleton you can see four major landmarks. The mill chimney ahead is at Pecket Well, to the right is the mill chimney at Old Town, further round on the near horizon is the top of Heptonstall Church and to the right again is Stoodley Pike.
  6. The track descends into National Trust woodland arriving at a T junction with a bench. Here you follow the track heading downhill to your right.
  7. Continue down this track until you come to two car parks. Take the path heading downhill on your left (just before the car parks). When you come to a road you will see the toilets and the 906 bus stop for Hebden Bridge is on your left.

If you want to walk back to Hebden Bridge, Hebden Bridge walkers Action have produced a guide to the route