2013 10 10 Walk on Water


Getting to the start of the walk was a challenge.  Crossing the border on the M62 was easy but the post code converted from the walk start grid reference on Streetmap that I’d offered to the satnav deposited me 2 miles away in Slaithwaite.  Back to basics and use the OS map to navigate to the start, along roads that would be single track in Scotland but with a white line down the middle of them.  Find Blackmoorfoot but no car park.  Cruise round the area and spot the others.  Phew - glad I’d allowed plenty of time and I wasn’t the last to arrive. 

Eleven of us gathered round Virginia who gave an outline of the route and introduced two friends from her running club.  Outline: out and round Meltham; moors around Holme; over to Holmfirth for lunch; followed by an undulating route skirting to the west of Honley.

 So off we go.  A couple of minor false turns and we’re properly underway.  We walk along a water ditch and have to hurdle over numerous stiles as bridges crossed the ditch.  Coffee was taken in a sheltered valley, between Dean and Marsden Clough.  Continuing over open moor land we continued to Holmfirth.  A pleasant park in the middle of Holmfirth was used for our lunch break.  Straight up the side of the valley out of town and an undulating route, passing close to Honley was followed back to the cars for around 16:00.  The distance was recorded as 35 km on my GPS or 21.5 miles.  The weather had been kind to us: overcast with a few breaks of sunshine; quite windy but dry. 

 An excellent wak.



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