Walk Reports - 2022

Totals for year:
Walks -
Miles -
Walkers -
Walk Leaders -

Bramhope. Saturday 14th May. Distance - 31 miles. 13 walkers. Leader - Tim Rollett.

Kettlewell. Saturday 7th May. Distance - 32 miles. 7 walkers. Leader - Jane Parry.

Keighley. Saturday 30th April. Distance - 22 miles. 4 walkers. Leader - Jane Parry.

Pateley Bridge. Saturday/Sunday 23rd/24th April. Distance - 57 miles. 30 walkers on Loop 1, 25 walkers on Loop 2.

The Nidderdale Way over two days
A joint walk with North Yorkshire Group in celebration of the LDWA's 50th Anniversary

Loop 1: Saturday 23 April, led by West Yorkshire:
The southern anticlockwise loop of the Nidderdale Way via Bewerley, Dacre Banks, Darley, Birstwith, Hampsthwaite, Ripley, Shaw Mills and Brimham.  Start and finish at Pateley Bridge.

Loop 2: Sunday 24 April, led by North Yorkshire:
The northern anticlockwise loop of the Nidderdale Way via Wath, Bouthwaite, Lofhouse, Middlesmoor, Stean, Ramsgill, and Heathfield.  The alternative route was taken around Gouthwaite Reservoir to avoid the long road-walking section.  Start and finish at Pateley Bridge. 

A terrific joint initiative with our good neighbours North Yorkshire, a great turnout and an opportunity to catch up with old friends.  A tough weekend for those who walked both days but thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Photos Nidderdale loop1 by Tony Jenner

Photos Nidderdale loop2 by Tony Jenner and Robert Cope



Addingham. Sunday 3rd April. Distance - 17 miles. 10 walkers. Leader Vera Ostojic.

Walk Report by Kevin Hudson

Photos by Julia Warman

Hebden Bridge. Saturday 26th March. Distance - 25 miles. 21 walkers. Leader Chris Burrell.

21 eager LDWA members met outside Hebden Bridge Station, on a lovely sunny spring morning ready for a stroll around the Calder Valley and surrounding area. We had visitors from Merseystride, South Manchester, East Yorkshire, Calderdale, The Irregulars and South Pennine.
We climbed out of the valley using the old pack horse route up to Stoodley Pike, where a couple of inquisitive members climbed the dark staircase up onto the balcony, where the views were fantastic showing Calderdale at its best.
We then headed down to the valley floor again taking our morning stop alongside the Rochdale Canal. Then the steep climb up to Bride Stones, passing through Cross Stone village, with its church sitting precariously on the edge of the steep valley side. Once at Bride Stones, a quick stop was taken to admire the brilliant rock formations. After a swift section of tarmac, we headed over open access land towards Shedden Clough where lunch was taken in overlooking the old limestone quarry. Then we followed the old water pipe to Cant Clough Reservoir, and once we reached the water, the surrounding area was at its best.
Climbing again across open moor land up to the Pennine Bridleway (I am glad it was a good day, as I have done this in some horrible weather and believe me it isn’t pleasant at all) leaving the Pennine Bridleway we dropped down passing Gorple Upper and Lower Reservoirs taking our afternoon stop at the very head of Hardcastle Crags valley.
Once refreshments were finished, we started the beautiful decent through the National Trust managed Hardcastle Crags, and with it being late afternoon all the tourists had gone home so we had it to ourselves.And as a total contrast the walk finished in the Square of a very vibrant and busy Hebden Bridge.
Many thanks for all who turned up and I hope you all enjoyed the walk.

Kind regards Chris Burrell.

Photos by Tom Wood and Chris Burrell

Marsden. Saturday 12th March. Distance - 18 miles. 16 walkers. Leader Abi MacDonald.

Photos by Tom Wood.

Grassington. Saturday 26th February. Distance - 20 miles. 28 walkers. Leader Ralph Warman.

Photos by Tom Wood.

Keighley. Saturday 12th February. Distance - 21 miles. 14 walkers. Leader Jane Parry.

Photos by Tom Wood.

Haworth. Saturday 29th January. Distance - 20 miles. 18 walkers. Leader Jane Parry.

Photos by Tom Wood.

Meltham. Saturday 22nd January. Distance - 18 miles. 28 walkers. Leader Abi MacDonald.

Photos by Tom Wood.

Ilkley. Saturday 15th January 2022. Distance - 18 miles. 19 walkers. Leader - Tom Wood

Photos by Tom Wood.

Todmorden. Saturday 8th January 2022. Distance - 12 miles. 14 walkers. Leader - Chris Burrell.

14 intrepid walkers set off from a wet Centre Vale Park, Todmorden, along with the West Yorkshire members, we welcomed members from West Lancashire, South Pennine and Sherwood.
With plenty of enthusiasm, despite the weather we set off climbing steeply from the valley floor to Parkin Lane, where wet snow was encountered. Pressing on we passed Dobroyd Castle, which was barely visible in the mist and rain, not to be deterred we pressed on dropping down into Gauxhome. Climbing again up to Foul Clough Road (the old pack horse road between Todmorden and Rochdale) taking the morning break in the ruins of the old Moorcock Inn.
Moving further onto the moor and reaching Hades Hill, the weather was horrendous with icy paths turning into torrential rivers, walking into wind lashing rain made progress very slow down Long Causeway into Walsden.
Once we reached the canal, a common sense decision was made to cut the walk short, as two more climbs up onto open moorland were planned to complete the walk. After a quick lunch break a nice gentle 3 mile stroll back to Centre Vale Park was undertaken.
After wet layers were removed, a warming drink was had in the Hare & Hounds to complete the day. I have added a couple of photos which I took on the Tuesday when I did the reccie, what a difference a couple of days makes!!
Please watch the website as I will be putting this walk on again in spring / summer to highlight what this area has to offer.

Photos by Chris Burrell, Jeff Stevens & Tom Wood.

Ilkley. Sunday 2nd January 2022. Distance - 18 miles. 13 walkers. Leader - Tim Rollett.