Monday, January 13, 2014

The Standedge Circuit [Marsden, Huddersfield]


This 10 Mile circular walk begins at Marsden Railway Station (on the Leeds to Manchester Line) and heads South on The Kirklees Way, then North on The Pennine Way.

The walk begins in Marsden Town Centre and continues past the church and then up “Binn Road”, joining The Kirklees Way at Butterley Reservoir.

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Marsden Railway Station  
   
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The spillway between Blakeley Reservoir and Butterley Reservoir Blakeley Reservoir (with Butterley Reservoir in the background)
   
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At the signpost (just beyond Blakeley Reservoir), join the Pennine Way (heading West).  
   
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Cross the stream and climb the hill to Blakeley Clough  
   
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Blakeley Clough / Black Moss Swellands Reservoir
   
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Black Moss Reservoir.  
   
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At the far end of Black Moss Reservoir, the path starts to head North West towards Redbrook Reservoir.  
   
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At roughly the half way point of our walk, the route crosses the A62.  
   
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The Trig Point at Millstone Edge (448 m)  
   
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The path turns North at this Way Marker.  
   
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Approaching (but nor crossing) the A640 at Saddleworth. Do not cross the road. Instead, take the Pack Horse Road (path) to the right. This heads in a Westerly direction back towards Marsden.
   
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The path across open moorland is well defined and very easy to follow.  
   
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Eventually, we reach a Packhorse Bridge on the approach the Standedge Visitor Center  
   
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At Standedge Tunnel End, follow the Towpath back to Marsden Railway Station.  

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Pennine Way in Yorkshire

The Pennine Way is a 268 Mile Trail between Edale (Derbyshire) and Kirk Yetholm (Scottish Borders). A good proportion of this route passes through Yorkshire and is quite accessible as a series of “Day Walks” shown in the table below.

This is a bit of a work in progress…

Route Map Notes Distance (Miles) Breakouts
Edale (Derbyshire) OL1 Edale to Crowden 16 Edale Railway Station (Sheffield to Manchester Line)
Kinder Scout        
Kinder Downfall        
Route crosses A57 Snake Pass        
Bleaklow        
Longdendale OL1      
Torside Reservoir OL1      
Crowden (Route crosses A628) OL1 Crowden to Standedge 11 Overnight stay at Crowden Youth Hostel. Another possibility is to walk stright through from Edale to Standedge.
Laddow Rocks OL1      
Black Hill (Cheshire) OL1      
Route crosses A635 (West Yorkshire) OL1      
Wessenden Reservoir OL1     Marsden Railway Station (Kirkless Way)
Black Moss Reservoir OL1      
Route crosses A62 (near Standedge) Standedge to Hebden Bridge 15 Marsden Railway Station (on the Leeds to Manchester Line)
Route crosses A640 (Saddleworth)       Marsden Railway Station (Standedge Trail)
Route crosses A672        
Route crosses M62 (Windy Hill Footbridge)        
Blackstone Edge        
Route crosses A58        
Reservoirs?        
Route crosses The Calderdale Way        
Stoodley Pike        
Route crosses The River Calder (Hebden Bridge) Hebden Bridge to Ponden 10.75 Hebden Bridge Railway Station
Colden        
Walshaw Dean Reservoirs        
Top Withens        
Ponden Hill Ponden to Thornton-In-Craven -
Cowling   North Yorkshire    
Lothersdale        
Thornton-In-Craven Thornton-In-Craven to Malham -
Leeds and Liverpool Canal (East Marton)        
Gargrave In Airdale (A65)        
Airton   Yorkshire Dales National Park    
Hanlith        
Malham Malham to Horton-In-Ribblesdale -
Malham Cove        
Malham Tarn        
Pen-y-Ghent        
Horton-In-Ribblesdale Horton-In-Ribblesdale to Hawes Horton-In-Ribblesdale Railway Station (Settle-Carlisle Railway) to Hawes
Ribblesdale        
Settle        
The Dales Way        
Dodd Fell Hill        
Wensleydale        
Hawes Hawes to Keld -
Great Shunner Fell        
Swaledale        
Thwaite        
Kisdon        
The River Swale        
Keld Keld to Bowes -
Route crosses the Coast To Coast Walk        
Tan Hill Tan Hill Inn -
Bowes (County Durham)        

Tan Hill is the final destination at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The nearest town is Kirkby-Stephen (6 Miles).

 

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Barnsley Boundary Walk Route Summary


The Barnsley Boundary Walk is a 74 mile (120 km) circular walk around the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley in South Yorkshire. The route is summarised in the table below. 

Clockwise Route Map Notes  
West Bretton (YSP) / Haigh OS 278: Sheffield & Barnsley Route follows The Dearne Way.  
Notton / Royston OS 278 Route crosses The Trans Pennine Trail.  
South Hiendley OS 278 -  
Shafton OS 278 -  
Brierley OS 278 -  
Grimethorpe OS 278 -  
Clayton OS 278 -  
Thurnscoe OS 278 -  
Goldthorpe OS 278 -  
Bolton Upon Dearne / Old Moor OS 278 Route follows The Dearne Way (Trans Pennine Trail).  
Old Moor Nature Reserve OS 278 Route follows The Dearne Way (Trans Pennine Trail).  
Broomhill / Old Moor OS 278 Route crosses The Trans Pennine Trail.  
Brampton / Wombwell OS 278 -  
Elsecar OS 278 Route follows The Trans Pennine Trail.  
Tankersley OS 278 Route crosses The Timberland Trail.  
Howbrook; OS 278 -  
Oughtibridge (Wharncliffe Woods) OS 278 -  
Wharncliffe Woods OS 278 Route follows The Trans Pennine Trail.  
Wortley OS 110: Sheffield and Huddersfield    
Langsett OS 110 -  
Dunford Bridge (Winscar Reservoir) OS 110 Route crosses The Trans Pennine Trail.  
Hepworth OS 110 Route crosses The Kirklees Way.  
Ingbirchworth OS 110 -  
Upper Denby OS 110 -  
Cawthorne OS 110 -  
High Hoyland OS 110 -  
West Bretton (YSP) OS 110 Route follows The Dearne Way.  

The Kirklees Way: Marsden to Black Hill

I intended to do a circular walk from Marsden to Black Hill (along the Kirklees Way / Pennine Way), returning to Marsden along the “Old” Pennine way route towards Black Moss Reservoir. Unfortunately, conditions at the summit of Black Hill forced me to return by the same route.

The walk begins in Marsden Town Centre and continues past the church and then up “Binn Road”, joining the Kirklees way at Butterley Reservoir.

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The River Colne in Marsden  
   
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The Kirklees Way. This path should be followed all the way to the A635 Butterley Reservoir
   
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Blakeley Reservoir At the point, The Kirklees Way joins The Pennine Way.
   
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Wessenden Reservoir  
   
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Approaching Wessenden Head Reservoir Wessenden Head Reservoir
   
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Cross the A635. At this point, we leave the Kirklees Way The route continues along The Pennine Way
   
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  The summit of Black Hill was hidden by cloud.
   
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The path to the summit of Black Hill is very easy to follow, it is paved all the way. Dean Clough presents the only real obstacle after heavy rain.
   
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Approaching the Trig Point. Wind and rain made for very poor visibility Your host, still smiling.

As noted above. the visibility was very poor (and the ground very boggy). Venturing off the main path was not an option, so I decided to call it a day and descended by the same route. Better safe than sorry.

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Kirklees Way Route Summary

The Kirklees Way is a 72 mile circular walk around the Kirklees Metropolitan District of West Yorkshire. Centred around Huddersfield, the route is summarised in the table below.

Clockwise Route Map Notes
Cowcliffe Hill (Fartown, Huddersfield) OS Explorer 288 South Sheet Start
Fixby / Fixby Park Golf Club OS Explorer 288 -
Route crosses M62 OS Explorer 288 South Sheet -
Bradley / Bradley Park Golf Club OS Explorer 288 North Sheet -
Route crosses M62 OS Explorer 288 -
Hartshead OS Explorer 288 -
Route crosses M62 OS Explorer 288 -
Hartshead Moor Top OS Explorer 288 -
Scholes OS Explorer 288 -
Oakenshaw OS Explorer 288 -
Route crosses M606 OS Explorer 288 -
Birkenshaw OS Explorer 288 -
Route crosses M62 OS Explorer 288 -
Birstall / Howden Clough OS Explorer 288 -
Upper Batley OS Explorer 288 North Sheet -
Hanging Heaton / Hanging Heaton Golf Club OS Explorer 288 South Sheet -
Dewsbury OS Explorer 288 -
Healey (Calder and Hebble Navigation) OS Explorer 288 -
Thornhill \ Overthorpe OS Explorer 288 -
Upper Denby OS Explorer 288 -
Flockton OS Explorer 288 Route crosses the A637 Barnsley Road.
Clayton West OS Explorer 288 Route crosses The Dearne Way
Scisset    
Bagden Park Golf Club OS Explorer 288 Route joins The Dearne Way (through the Golf Course).
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Denby Dale OS Explorer 288 Route crosses The Dearne Way
Lower Cumberworth OS Explorer 288 -
Shepley OS Explorer 288 Route joins the Trans Pennine Trail.
Hepworth OS Explorer 288 -
Brownhill Reservoir OS Explorer 288 -
Holme OS Explorer 288 -
Digley Reservoir OS Explorer 288 South Sheet -
Route crosses A635 OS Explorer 288 South Sheet & OL 21 Route follows the The Pennine Way for a short distance.
Wessenden Head Reservoir OS Explorer 288 South Sheet & OL 21 P1110710Wessenden Head Reservoir on the Pennine Way.
Wessenden Reservoir OS Explorer 288 South Sheet & OL 21 Route continues along the Pennine Way until just beyond Wessenden Reservoir.
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Scammonden Water OL 21 -
Nettleton Hill OS Explorer 288 South Sheet -
Route crosses M62 (Outlane) OS Explorer 288 -
Route crosses M62 OS Explorer 288 -
Birchencliffe OS Explorer 288 -
Cowcliffe Hill (Fartown, Huddersfield) OS Explorer 288 South Sheet Finish

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