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Hebden Bridge, Stoodley Pike, Whitworth, Ramsbottom, Peel Tower, Belmont, Yorkshire/Lancashire.
(4 day back-pack)
Wed 17 Mar - Sat 20 Mar 2021

Wed 17 Mar 2021
Day 1 Wed 17 Mar 2021 Day 3 Fri 19 Mar 2021
Day 2 Thu 18 Mar 2021 Day 4 Sat 20 Mar 2021
 
 
OS Grid ref: SD 98746 27293
Lat/Long: 53.741792, -02.019009
Finished packing my rucksack for a backpack trip from Hebden Bridge. Dean called at 8 a.m. to pick me up and give me a lift. We drove along the M65 to Burnley and then Long Causeway and down into a very busy Hebden Bridge. It was approaching 9 a.m. and school-run traffic was very heavy making the going difficult. We took the left-hand branch up towards Heptonstall road and Dean dropped me off just past the Fox and Goose.
With lots of traffic he couldn't stop long so I had to be quick. By the time I got my rucksack sorted and on my back most of the traffic seems to have dispersed. I returned to the sharp junction and turned left onto Market Street and walked along to the Co-op building. I turned right here to cross over the River Calder and then the Rochdale Canal.
Start of my walk in Hebden Bridge.

Looking down on Hebden Bridge.
Then I started the very steep climb up New Road which joined Horsehold road and continued steeply up. Eventually I reached the farm buildings and Horsehold road and very tidy cobbles. The road changed to Broad Lane and continued up to a crossroads which seems to be the end of the adopted road. I turned right on a level track which was quite rough in places to Erringden Grange Farm buildings and on to the end of the lane. Through the gate I was soon out on the moor on the more and up the past towards the plantation.
This is still the adopted road.
Through another gate I had an impressive view of Stoodley Pike monument in front of me. I followed the path up to the monument and left my pack while climbing the spiral staircase. Once inside it is very soon pitch-black so used my light to see the staircase. It only goes part way up to a viewing platform. This is the second monument on the site and the first was erected in 1815 to commemorate the defeat of Napoleon but it fell down some years later in 1840 after a lightning strike.

Stoodley Pike monument in the distance.
The current monument was completed in 1846 and opened at the end of the Crimean War. It is extremely well built and has weathered the decades well. There were a few other walkers about but not as many as I would have expected. The weather continued calm but cloudy and there was hardly any wind. I am now on the Pennine Way footpath and I continued across the moor heading towards Langfield Common. I met a few people on the way and we exchanged greetings. One couple stopped to chat for a while and seeing my pack assumed I was walking the Pennine Way. The path was quite good but eventually improved considerably as it had been upgraded using Mill floor slabs. There were occasional minor paths crossing the way which were the ancient stone slabs for the mill workers many years ago.
Stoodley Pike Monument entrance.

Stoodley Pike monument in the distance.

Monolith

Memorial Rest seat.
Away in the distance I could see the wind turbines on the Moor top and some of those is where I am heading. I came to Warland Drain which is an interceptor ditch to collect water for the reservoirs. It is well constructed of stone but very overgrown and has not had any maintenance. Eventually I reached the intake to Warland Reservoir where I decided to take The descent path straight down to Bottomley and the Rochdale Canal. The weather had improved and the sky was almost clear with warm sunshine as I descended the path across the more.
Warland Reservoir.
Soon there were marker posts with yellow on the top. All seemed well for a while but then the market posts took me away from the path route marked on the map. I decided to leave it and join the path route on the map which meant crossing very rough ground. When I reached what I thought was the correct line there was no discernible path. I didn't have far to go before I could see the first buildings where the path continues. As I reached them the yellow markers came down the hillside and it appears the marked route is a diversion.
Rochdale Canal.
At the buildings I followed their access track down and was soon on a unsurfaced track down to a remote house of Meadow Bottom Cottage. After passing it I descended a very steep path down to more buildings where the route goes through what would have been the original farm yard. Some men were working here resurfacing the road and I stopped for a brief chat before descending the steep path which was a cobbled path down to the canal bridge and the summit of the Rochdale canal. I reached the canal bridge and lock gates by Bottomley and rested for a while. I was directly adjacent to the main road which I crossed over and headed up a footpath onto the Rochdale Way.

Verge

Railway vent shaft.
I turned right up the
It climbs up to a circular stone structure which is one of the air shafts on the railway. the path continued up and was soon surfaced with large cobbles spanning the full path width. higher up I came to a farm track and turned left to continue towards ready Reddyshore Scout. At a river crossing I turned right to follow a indistinct path up onto the moor which is the continuation of the Rochdale Way. I wasn't far from my planned camp and kept an eye open to check the river for a water supply.
Workers path across the moor.
There was a wall on my left and across the fields the Reddyshore Farm buildings. I wanted to camp out of sight of the buildings so continued up following the small stream and then up into a rocky outcrop which was an impressive site to camp. I was almost out of sight of the farm buildings. The stream was surprisingly clear as I collected water but I still boiled it anyway.
Camp 01
 

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