Mar 192015
 

Ladybower and Black Tor walk.

Distance: 15.25 km (approx 9.5 miles)
Time: approx 4hrs 15mins
Height gained: 536 m
Map: OL1 – The Peak District – Dark Peak Area
Parking: Lay-by SK172893
Refreshments: None on route (but some nearby at the Vistors’ Centre SK172893)

View the route in OS Openspace: Ladybower and Black Tor (opens in a new bowser window)

From the parking area, cross the road and take the bridleway just the bridleway on the right just before the viaduct (point 1). Follow the well-surfaced path alongside the reservoir. At point 2, it joins a minor road. Continue on, passing a few properties, an aqueduct across the reservoir and a telephone box on the left.

At point 3, the dam of Derwent Reservoir comes into sight. If you feel a need for refreshments (or the loo. carry on along the road and it soon sweeps left in an arc to the Visitor’s Centre (point 4). I did not take this option so can’t comment on the facilities.

If you don’t want the facilities at the Visitor Centre, fork right at point 3, passing through a gate and on to a well-surfaced bridleway, soon passing alongside Derwent reservoir. In around another 1 km, watch for a footpath on the right (point 5) and get for a climb out of the valley and on to the moor. The path jig jags up the hill and does not follow the line of the oath shown on the map; the way forward is obvious, though. AT point 6, follow the line of the fence to a corner with another fence and turn to the south initially still following a fence line before swinging left and heading towards the obvious peak of “Lost Lad” (point 7).

The going is good and just before the final climb to the Lost lad, there is a stepped path. Once at the summit, enjoy the 360 deg view and there is a topograph showing the direction of distant feature. All the significant climbing is now finished and it’s an easy path to the next objective of Black Tor (point 8). It is difficult to miss as someone has painted the old trig. point in white paint so it really stands out. I would suggest a rest here, plenty of rocky ledges to sit and it’s easy to find somewhere out of the wind.

Our way forward is now southerly and there is an excellent path laid using natural rocks. It follows the edge of Derwent Edge passing Dovestone Tor (point 9) Salt Cellar to Wheel Stones. After passing Dovestone Tor, the rock path finishes and, at the time of my visit, the path carrying on was being improved using a mix of a heather base with a sand and gravel top. I had the impression that the original path was through a bog for most of the way!

Still heading south beyond Wheel Stones, ignore the crossing track and pass Hurkling Stones. At the next crossing path (point 11), turn right (west) to drop steeply down a badly eroded gully, ignoring the bridleway to the right. The gully soon finishes and swing south again to head towards firstly woods on the right and then onwards to enter the woods themselves. There’s a minor ascent but nothing to trouble the legs.

Come out of the woods through a gate at point 12, swing sharply right to head west on a tarmaced road and there should be views of the car parked below in the layby. The way back is now obvious.

Dec 302012
 

A walk to one on the most popular attractions in the Yorkshire Dales.

Distance: 8.2 km (approx 11.8 miles)
Time: approx 2.5hrs
Height gained: 397 m
Map: OL30 – Yorkshire Dales (Northern & Central areas)
Parking: Lay-by at Hestholme Bridge(SE 025889)
Refreshments: Cafe, National Park Centre, Askrigg (SE 012887) (just off route)

Pub, West Burton (SE 016866)

Pub, Aysgarth (SE 004884)

View the route in OS Openspace: West Burton – Aysgarth

Route: (Clockwide) Hestholme Bridge – Egdley – Sorrelsyskes Park – Burton Bridge – West Burton – Eshington Bridge – Flattlands – Aysgarth – Hestholme Bridge

Dec 292012
 

A walk to one on the most popular attractions in the Yorkshire Dales.

Distance: 19.0 km (approx 11.8 miles)
Time: approx 5.0 hrs
Height gained: 397 m
Map: OL30 – Yorkshire Dales (Northern & Central areas)
Parking: Market Place, Askrigg (SD 948910)
Refreshments: Cafe, National Park Centre, Askrigg (SE 012887)

Pub, Carperby (SE 008898)

Pubs and cafes, Askrigg (SD 948910)

View the route in OS Openspace: Aysgarth Falls from Askrigg

Route: (Anticlockwide) Askrigg -Low Gate – Nappa Mill – Woodhall Park – Barrowfield Bridge – Bear Park – Aysgarth Falls – Carperby – Oxclose Road – Heugh – Newbiggin – Askrigg

Note: Depending on the water level on the river Ure, it should be possible to follow the river rather than take the route through Woodhall Park and Barrowfield Bridge. The river stretch was completely impassible on my visit.

Jun 092012
 

A walk in the South Downs National Park taking in south of the River Arun and the South Downs Way.

Distance: 19.0 km (approx 11.8 miles)
Time: approx 4.5 hrs
Height gained: 438 m
Map: Explorer 121 – Arundel & Pulborough
Parking: Amberley station car park (TQ 026117)
Refreshments: “George & Dragon” pub, Houghton (TQ 017144)

Whiteways cafe (TQ 001108)

Amberley Tea Rooms (TQ 031130)

View the route in OS Openspace: Amberley and South Downs Way

Route: (Clockwise) Amberley station – Houghton Bridge – North Stoke – South Stoke – Houghton – Whiteways Cafe – South Downs Way – River Arun – Amberley – Highdown – Amberley station

Note: The final leg of the route from Highdown back to Amberley station (on the south side of Ameberley Museum follows a overgrown footpath that seems to end a precipitous drop into the old quarry at Amberley Museum. I ended up climbing over barbed wire fence and straying off public rights of way to get back to the car park. It’s best to follow the road from Highdown to pass on the north side of the Museum. This would also avoid waist-high stinging nettles!

May 282012
 

A ride from near the base of Stoodley Pike westwards along the Pennine Way Bridleway and the return along the Rochdale Canal.

Distance: 12.4 km (approx 7.75 miles)
Time: approx 1.5 hrs
Height gained: 297 m
Map: Outdoor Leisure 21 – South Pennines
Parking: Along Lee Bottom Road (SD 941260)
Refreshments: “Top Brink Inn”, Lumbutts (SD 956235)
“Shepherd’s Rest”, Hey Head Green (SD 945231)
Pubs and cafes in Todmorden (SD 936241)

View the route in OS Openspace: Pennine Way Bridleway and Rochdale Canal

Note: Our route starts from Higher Stoodley Farm, the cottage we had rented for the weekend. Our Monday ride – nothing too taxing as we were heading back south that afternoon

Route: (clockwise) Higher Stoodley Farm – Mankinholes – Lumbuttts – Hey head Green – Rake End – North Hollingworth Farm – Rochdale Canal – Walsden – Todmorden – Rochdale Canal – Lobb Mill – Spring Side – Middle Stoodley – Higher Stoodley Farm


May 272012
 

A slightly longer ride from near the base of Stoodley Pike; taking in a teashop in Hebden Bridge.

Distance: 13.3 km (approx 8.25 miles)
Time: approx 1.5 hrs
Height gained: 318 m
Map: Outdoor Leisure 21 – South Pennines
Parking: Along Lee Bottom Road (SD 941260)
Refreshments: Pubs and cafes in Hebden Bridge (SD 991272)

View the route in OS Openspace: Stoodley long loop (via Hebden Bridge)

Note: Our route starts from Higher Stoodley Farm, the cottage we had rented for the weekend. Our Sunday ride – deliberately short so that we could get back for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Route: (anticlockwise) Higher Stoodley Farm – Broad Carr – Pennine Bridleway – Kershaw Farm – Erringder Grange – Old Chamber – Wood Top – Hebden Bridge – Rochdale canal – Eastwood – Holmcoat Bridge – Middle Stoodley – Higher Stoodley Farm


May 262012
 

A short ride from from near the base of Stoodley Pike.

Distance: 26.5 km (approx 16.5 miles)
Time: approx 4 hrs
Height gained: 680 m
Map: Outdoor Leisure 21 – South Pennines
Parking: Along Lee Bottom Road (SD 941260)
Refreshments: Cafes and pubs in Hebden Bridge (SD 992272)

“New Delight Inn”, Jack Bridge (SD 962281

View the route in OS Openspace: Hilly Hebden

Note: Our route starts from Higher Stoodley Farm, the cottage we had rented for the weekend. This was the second and longest of rides during our four days in the Calderdale area of West Yorkshire.

Route: Higher Stoodley Farm – Middle Stoodley – Holmcoat Bridge – Rochdale Canal – Hebden Bridge – Midgehole – New Bridge – Hollin Hall – Shackleton – Lady Royd – Walshaw – New Laithes Farm – Holme Ends – Clouugh Foot – Gorple Lower Reservoir – Gorple Cottages – Reaps Bottom – Lane Side – Colden – Jack Bridge – Shaw Bottom – Higher Underbank Drive – Rochdale Canal – Holmcoat Bridge – Middle Stoodley – Higher Stoodley Farm

May 252012
 

A short ride from near the base of Stoodley Pike.

Distance: 10.6 km (approx 6 miles)
Time: approx 1 hrs
Height gained: 281 m
Map: Outdoor Leisure 21 – South Pennines
Parking: Along Lee Bottom Road (SD 941260)
Refreshments: None on route

View the route in OS Openspace: Stoodley short loop

Note: Our route starts from Higher Stoodley Farm, the cottage we had rented for the weekend. The first ride of our four days in the Calderdale area of West Yorkshire.

Route: Higher Stoodley Farm – Broad Carr – Pennine Bridleway – Kershaw Farm – Erringder Grange – Horsehold – Callis Wood – Eastwood – Holmcoat Bridge – Middle Stoodley – Higher Stoodley Farm


May 182012
 

Distance: 8.7 km
Time: approx 4hrs
Height gained: 582m
Map: Outdoor Leisure xxxxx
Parking: Overlooking the loch; immediately before the camp site (NG 410205)
Refreshments: None

View the route in OS Openspace: Coire Lagan & Eas Mor

Route: t.b.a


Feb 032011
 

Distance: 10.8 km
Time: approx 3hrs
Height gained: 300m
Map: Outdoor Leisure OL24 – The White Peak
Parking: Layby adj. to new Bridge, A625 (SK 244753)
Refreshments: Pub, Grindlefor (just off route – SK 243775 )

View the route in OS Openspace: Curbar, Curbar Edge and Longshaw

Route: New Bridge – Curbar Church – Curbar – Curbar Edge – Froggatt Edge – Hay Wood – Grindleford – Horse Hay Coppice – Spooner Lane – Froggatt Bridge – New Bridge