Date: Sunday 24 May 2015
Walked from: Standedge, West Yorkshire
Walked to: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
Distance: 17 miles
Stayed: Laurel End House B&B
Weather: Misty. Windy. Dry. Clear. Sunny. English, really…
Day three dawned accompanied by rain, with the spectacular views of yesterday evening enveloped in mist. Luckily, this unpromising start parted company with the rain just as we were leaving, and the mist lifted about 25 minutes into our walk, to reveal impressive views down from the moorland heights we were striding along.
The landscape changed significantly today, with wild moors and some road crossings (including the M62, which my 19 year old self hitched along along once heading from Hull University in an – ultimately successful – attempt to get to Dublin) featuring heavily in the morning. Post a light lunch at The White House off the A58, we hit ‘Reservoir Bogs’ country, which has both reservoirs and bogs, but luckily the latter have been tamed with the judicious use of stone slabs – hurrah for dry feet! Finally, the approach to Stoodley Pike, a pointed monument above the Calder Valley, saw the moors give way to lower altitude rolling fields, their vivid greens a sign of the amount of rain this area must get, and then a flower-filled canal side potter into the attractive town of Hebden Bridge.
An easy day of walking through more beautiful northern landscapes, boosted by the occasional sugar rush of chocolate chip cookies and the good humoured company of Annette and Pilgrim Chris.
Photos: Cotton grass / the murky peat infused waters of Warland Reservoir / Annette and Chris, with Stoodley Pike in the background / rolling countryside near Mankinholes.