2017 03 30 Calderdale Canter



Lunch stop above Summit


Ian on Holder Stones Trig


Ian on Holder Stones Trig


Stoodley Pike from Holder Stones Trig


Hands up for the workers !




Alan of Calan's




From Hebden Bridge eight set out with a deceptively flat opening couple of miles via Charlestown preceding the first of several long steep climbs through woodland to emerge at Great Rock . Views across the valley of the route ahead as we contoured along the Calderdale Way before steeply descending via West Whirlaw to the valley floor on the outskirts of Todmorden . Inevitably a steep ascent followed , emerging from woods on a fine ascending path affording far reaching views to reach the uplands & our first stop : well earned with 1900 feet of ascent in the opening seven miles .

Rain joined us for the next 45 minutes , following the Todmorden Centenary Way to cross the Bacup Road then onwards & upwards as the rain cleared off to reach Trough Edge End Trig . Descending but only to middle earth we contoured round Rough Hill & joined the Wind Farm's access road with vistas opening out of the onward route . A faint moorland path was followed for a second stop above Summit ( work that out ?! ) then another long descent to the valley floor & crossing the canal .


Uphill ( what else ! ) passing a forlorn derelict mill & eventually a steep ascent to reach the White House Car Park . With most of the ascent done an access path was taken across Byron Edge to reach White Holme Res , then ducking under a barrier a faint trod across moorland to a final stop at Holder Stones Trig . Super views again , from here nearly all of this uplands skyline walk could be taken in . A rough trod & crossing a conduit we joined the Pennine Way to Stoodley Pike where we headed across Dicks Lane before a final 900 feet of descent via Cock Hill Moor to Hebden Bridge just after four . And it goes without saying a visit was paid to Calan's where the Wishbone Abyss was in top form as indeed were the fish & chips to round off a memorable walk in style .

25.5 miles & 4200 feet ascent . Ian