Holmfirth. Reccee for the ‘A’ party

Virginia McCombe has sent in this report of the reccee for the next ‘A’ party walk at Holmfirth.

On Tuesday 3rd September Les, Alan, Margaret Stopforth and I set off to Holmfirth to do the reccee for my ‘A’ party walk on the 22nd. For those who may not know, Holmfirth is where the BBC TV  programme “The Last of the Summer Wine” was made. You decide which of us should be Compo, which Clegg and which Foggy, I,alas will have to be Norah Batty!

The first part of the walk consists of getting out of Holmfirth to the pretty village of Hepworth. After a steep (but short) uphill climb out of the town, we were on our way. The navigation for this section of the walk, through fields, along lanes and short stretches of road was quite tricky but with the help of Les’s GPS we got to Hepworth without too many mishaps and had our lunch in the churchyard.

The next part is “an undulating walk in one of the greener corners of the South Pennines’ Last of the Summer Wine country. The village of Hepworth ripples across the snout of a hill, high above the tributaries of the River Holme; it escaped any large scale industrialisation and retains immense character. The walk rises to  a hillside with excellent views before charting a return along a sublime wooded valley that echoes to the sound of waterfalls and waterchutes” This is very true but it is also very slippery, muddy and wet in parts as it follows the course of Hepworth Dean Beck, so care is needed.

The final part of the walk consists of finding our way back to Holmfirth, again along fields, lanes and roads. All in all this is an undulating and interesting walk with plenty of variety and some spectacular views, weather permitting. It was permitting when we did the reccee so here’s hoping we get another very enjoyable day.

The only bit of bad news is that there are no free toilets when we get to Holmfirth and no toilets at all on the coach park, so bring 20p if you need a wee!!!

Distance 10 miles.

I have added some of my images and my report of the walk will soon be on www.crosbyman66.wordpress.com

I have also added more images to the Flickr account on the new club website which will soon be up and running.

Alan

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Recce for Pooley Bridge walk.

The Chimney on Loadpot Hill

                                              Panoramic view of the Chimney on Loadpot Hill.

Yesterday Les, Chris and I did the recce for the ‘A’ party walk at Pooley Bridge which we will visit on September 1st

it was not easy to put together a circular walk that was different to what we had done previously, but we headed out from Pooley Bridge following the bridleway towards Helton. It was easy walking but we still had to avoid the wet bits.

At an unfenced road we turned right to follow the tarmac to Scales Farm.The next section crossing Heltondale beck looked complicated on the map but was actually quite simple following the footpath signs. We even saw a signpost pointing to Loadpot Hill our intended destination. We were on our way, however things soon got interesting. Passing through a gate we knew we had to go left but there was no sign of a path. The bracken was shoulder height and I could just about make out Les who was leading.

Emerging from the bracken onto  open moorland we were looking for the bridleway leading to Loadpot Hill but there was no trace. We walked across the  moorland on GPS and compass bearings.

The ‘path’ led to the Col between Loadpot Hill and Wether Hill but we eventually veered off to the right to head directly for the summit of Loadpot Hill. 2201 ft.

Should we now make a diversion to take in Wether Hill which is slightly higher at 2210 ft.

We were undecided whether to do it or not.

We looked at the weather which was getting increasingly murky and decided against it.

As a compromise we walked down to the Chimney. This was the chimney of Lowther House, a former shooting lodge. In the drawing in Wainwright’s book The Far Eastern Fells, it looks quite impressive but the book was written in 1956 and all that remains now is a small pile of stones.

We now headed north along the old Roman Road of High Street before branching off to our left to visit the summit of Arthur’s Pike, 1747 ft. The weather had improved and the views were opening up, plus at last we could see the lake.

It was now downhill all the way back to Pooley Bridge.

Today we did 13.4 miles including one or two diversions, both planned and unplanned. On the day we should be able to get it down to 12 miles.

For more details and photos go to www.crosbyman66.wordpress.com

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Kirkby Stephen

Last Sunday the club visited Kirkby Stephen.

The ‘A’ walk was led by Martin Murphy and walked up to Nine Standards Rigg. They started from the main square in Kirkby Stephen and followed the coast to coast path up to the huge cairns that make up Nine Standards Rigg.

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The origin of these nine large cairns is a mystery. Some believe they were built to deceive Scottish raiders into thinking there was a military camp up there, others that they are a mere folly constructed by local shepherds.

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There were wide reaching views from by the cairns and also from the nearby trig point at 2172 ft.

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After a short spell walking “off piste” through some boggy bits they returned to Kirkby Stephen in time for a well earned pint.

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The beer in the White Lion was superb. Jennings Bitter at only £2 a pint.

What a bargain, better order another one.

The images from the ‘A’ walk were taken by Roger Tolley.

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I did the ‘B’ walk led by Keith Tattersall.

We left Kirkby Stephen and headed towards the River Eden which we crossed at Frank’s Bridge. We followed the river upstream for almost four miles to Castle Bridge. from here we could see the ruins of Pendragon Castle, reputed to have been founded by Uther Pendragon, the father of King Arthur.

Approaching Castle Bridge with the castle ruins in the background.

Crossing the river we made our way downstream back to Kirkby Stephen, passing the ruins of Lammerside Castle.

Photos by Alan Humphries.

The ‘C’ walk was led by Betty Jones and they did a similar but shorter version of the B walk.

Almost back in Kirkby Stephen they “lost” two members of the group but they were soon found safe and sound in the tea shop. Why didn’t they search there first!!!!!!!.

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As members will already know,  the club has got a new name. We are now Crosby Rambling Club.

A new website is currently being designed. It will  be more interactive with links to Flicker and Twitter. Please contribute to it if you can.

Meanwhile many thanks to all of you who have looked at this site.

 

Alan.

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Patterdale

Sunday 30th June 2013.

Today the club visited Patterdale in the Lake District.

The ‘A ‘party walk was led by Margaret Bevan,

From Patterdale we crossed Goldrill Beck and made our way to Boredale Hause

From here we crossed Martindale Common to climb up to Beda Fell from where we could enjoy the views.

Summit of Beda Fell

We continued along the ridge before descending to Knicklethorns and heading north alongside Howgrain Beck to Sandwick. We then followed the lakeside path back to Patterdale.

Alan.

One of our new members – Mary Van Alkena has sent in the following four images taken on the ‘A’ walk.

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The ‘B’ walk was led by Graham Bevan. They followed the ‘A’ group up to Boredale Hause but at the top they turned left to descend into Boredale. The walk continued along the valley following the beck into Sandwick to pick up the lakeside path back to Patterdale.

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Phil Spratt led the C group on a walk to Brothers Water.

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For more details of the ‘A ‘party walk and to see more images go to

www.crosbyman66.wordpress.com

As  members will already know the name of our club has changed to Crosby Rambling Club. This more accurately reflects who we are and what we do.

A new website is being constructed and when it is up and running this blog will probably close. The new site should be more interactive and have links to Facebook and Twitter. Please give it your support.

 

Alan

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Baslow

Sunday 9th June 2013.

Barbara McMorran has sent in this report on the Baslow walk.

I am leading the B walk.

A warm sunny day was forecast so I decided on a shortish walk so that we would have plenty of time for stops to relax and enjoy the scenery.

The guidebook says : The magnificent gritstone escarpment stretches along the eastern rim of the Derwent valley providing both exhilarating walking and glorious views.

So we are going to walk Baslow and Cuber edges, two of the finest sections.

After a climb onto the edges we visited the Wellington monument erected in 1866 to commemorate the battle of Waterloo and the Eagle Stone, a large weathered rock which according to legend the young men of Baslow had to climb to prove their prowess before they could get married. Luckily all the men in my party were married so they could pass on that.

We then traversed the edges weaving in and out of the weird shaped rocks, using some imagination to see various creatures they resembled and peering down over the precipitous edge occasionally. The promised views were indeed glorious.

I decided to wander a little further to find a stone circle marked on the map. Stonehenge it is not.

We now descended, first under the edge, watching the climbers, then down through trees and a flower meadow into Froggatt. A lovely stretch with lots of flowers.

Crossing the bridge we followed the riverside path to Newbridge and on to Calver. More flowers and interesting nature notes by the local Primary School.

Another bonus of shorter walks we had time to spare in Calver so some visited the cafe, others the pub and some slept to refresh themselves before the last hours walk by lanes and fields to Baslow.

There was still time at the end to indulge in ice creams, tea and cakes or beer before the coach home.

Fine weather, superb views, flowers, good cafes, ice cream and two pubs. Someone said it was the best walk ever.

Barbara Mc

Images by Alan H.

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Bolton Abbey

Sunday 28th April 2013.

Today the club visited Bolton Abbey.

David Lewis led the ‘A’ party on a circular walk. It was initially on moorland then climbing to reach the high point of Simon’s Seat. The return was alongside the River Wharfe.

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Ken Morley led the ‘B’ walk. The walk started across sheep pastures before emerging onto Barden Moor. A permissive path led round Lower Barden Reservoir before we dropped down to Barden Tower. The route took us over the River Wharfe at Barden Bridge before returning along the riverside path past the Strid.

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The ‘C’ walk was led by Mike Duffy.The walk started at the Priory and after crossing the Wharfe it followed the winding trail through Strid Wood to re-join the river at the point where it plunges through the narrow gorge at the Strid. The return was along the opposite bank of the river with plenty of time to enjoy a cup of tea at the Pavilion Cafe before returning to the Priory.

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I did the ‘B’ walk with Ken. To read a report of the walk and to see more photos go to

www.crosbyman66.wordpress.com > Bolton Abbey.

 

Alan

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Walking Programme

The next walk will be on Sunday 28th April when the club will visit Bolton Abbey.

Future walks on the Sunday ramble programme are

19th May – Llanberis

9th June – Baslow

30th June – Patterdale.

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