Heptonstall 11-02-2018 – Leader Rosemary

Heptonstall 11-02-2018 – Leader Rosemary
The weather forecast for the day included snow showers which as leader gave me some concern.  A text message from Derek stating he was ‘stuck behind a bus on the hill going up to Heptonstall’ meant a change of plan was necessary!!  After communicating with everyone, we made our new walk start Mytholm. A party of six of us set off accompanied by organ music from the church.  A plan had been devised for a revised  walk.


We climbed on tracks through Eaves Wood with naked trees and sturdy stone walls. Emerging from the wood we were greeted by blue skies with some cloud.  There were some fine views of the wintry landscape.  Snow was lying on the paths, but this did not pose any difficulties as we negotiated our way to Colden.  The weather was very changeable with sudden, sharp showers of snow and hail, followed by periods of blue skies. Gorple Reservoir was our next intended destination via the Pennine Way.  This was abandoned after a short while, due to more snow showers affecting our visibility.  The path was also extremely muddy. We kept cheerful despite the conditions. Derek was in fine form coming out with lots of  jibes, many of which were unfortunately directed at me!  Leaving the moorland a path took us down to the roadside near Widdop Gate.


Lunch was taken at Blake Dean, seated on stones beside the inky coloured Hebden Water as the last snow shower of the walk fell.  We then walked the entire Hebden Dale which provided us with many interesting features. The bare rocks of Hardcastle Crags were visible.  The sound of water accompanied us for much of our way, provided by the river, waterfalls  & weirs. We encountered many people, some with children in brightly coloured wellies and others with excitable dogs . At New Bridge a riverside path to Hebden Bridge was then followed.  A short section along the canal brought us back to Mytholm.


Despite the challenges that the weather brought we still managed to have a good day out in the Yorkshire countryside. Tea & cakes were provided by the cafe at Heptonstall.  The walk was 11 miles.
I would like to thank Jean & Derek for their help with navigation.  Tom kindly took the photos.  Thanks to Gill for posting my walk report & photos.


(Write up Rosemary, pics Tom)

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. Good walk, and under the circumstances, you coped well. The circumstances being the weather and not me being with present! Always happy to give support and guidance. Delighted that you came up with a ‘very, very, very cunning plan’ – Baldrick watch and learn! For me, the highlight of the day was the ginger chocolate generously distributed by ‘Nobby’ – than you. Derek

  2. Well done to all – the walkers, the navigators, the photographer, and the scribes. I was shivering just looking at some of the photos. I think I will call you lot ‘the storm troopers’!

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