Bridestones Revisited 04-04-2018 – Leader Rosemary

Bridestones Revisited 04-04-2018 – Leader Rosemary

Liverpool 3 – Man City 0, plus a superb walk from Rosemary – days don’t get any better than that!!  24 turned out on an unpromising morning in Todmorden, including injured Roy and Beth.  Beth wasn’t injured, but I don’t know where she was hiding when the group photo was taken.  Anyway, she was with us as Rosemary (aka Duchess of York – see the walk profile) led us along the Rochdale Canal and under the A646, before crossing the railway line via a mega bridge.  We then began the first climb of the day, with Stoodley Pike peeping through the low clouds.  We were soon outside the gatehouse of Dobroyd Castle.  The castle was built for John Fielden, local mill owner and son of Honest John Fielden, the social reformer and MP.  It is now an activity centre.  By this time we were on the Calderdale Way, on which we continued to climb around the edge of the castle grounds, before descending steeply down a slippery but spectacular path through the woods on Todmorden Edge, to reach our break stop on picnic tables at the leisure centre in Centre Vale Park.

Break over, we crossed the park and the railway line again, before climbing quite steeply through Rake Farm and beyond, to reach the splendidly craggy Orchan Rocks.  By now we were all thoroughly warmed up, and the sun was shining, so we were ready for the continuing ascent to the Bridestones for lunch, at over 1400 feet.  By the time we reached the rocks the wnd had got up, and a light shower was upon us, hence all the sheltering that you can see in Viv’s excellent pics.   These millstone grit rocks have been weathered into some amazing shapes, including the Great Bridestone, shaped like an upturned bottle.  The large rock you can see to the left in the pic is called the groom – a fallen man (aren’t we all?).  They are supposedly dedicated to Bride, Goddess of the Brigantian people, and apparently have been the site of a number of weddings; believe it if you will.

Coats and gloves on, we set off to the trig point on the moor, and then continued east to Eastwood Road, before turning south, with very black and worrying clouds ahead of us.  At Windy Harbour, with its impressive Easter Island type statue, we headed east on the Calderdale Way / Todmorden Centenary Way, down a pretty muddy track.  The rain soon caught up with us, but it wasn’t much of a problem.  After passing Todmorden Golf Club, we were soon back at the car park, after an exhilarating and dramatically scenic walk, thanks to Rosemary.  Refreshments were nicely taken in Coffee 22.

Write up Arnold, pics Viv, with a little help from Steve.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.

If you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.

There is a link to the slideshow here.  You will need to click within the black page that opens up to see the show – but at least it is full screen!

1 Comment

  1. Rosemary

    Thanks Arnold for a great write up. Well done Viv & Steve for your photos which managed to reflect the walk really well.

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