Luddenden 11-04-2018 – Leader Derek

Luddenden 11-04-2018 – Leader Derek

Derek told me that this was a walk with amazing views, and that he chose Luddenden because he used to cycle here from Halifax as a lad.  We have to believe him on both counts, as – once we climbed a little – all views were obscured by the very low cloud and mist.  The result was that we had to keep close together not to lose anybody, but of course we didn’t, and we did lose Rob at one point!  Fortunately he managed to call me, and Derek tracked back with back marker Judy, talking to Rob on the phone, while he and Judy used their whistles to tell Rob where they were.  Derek subsequently donned his high-vis gilet to match Judy’s, and later grudgingly admitted that they were very useful today.  So, Rosemary, your words have been heeded!

Anyway, on a cold and grizzly morning, 17 turned up at Luddenden, including Norman, a Ramblers member from Shawforth, out for his first walk with us today.  We hope we made him welcome, and look forward to seeing him again soon.  From the car park, we climbed gently northward through the Luddenden Conservation area to Luddenden Dean, with Mark taking some very good shots of the industrial heritage along the way.  How he managed to get any shots today is a mystery.  We continued to climb past Jerusalem Farm and through woodland above Luddenden Brook to join the Calderdale Way.  The ascent then became much steeper as we climbed up to our break stop at Lower Green Edge.  Here Derek talked to a shooter, a local tenant farmer who was shooting crows for the landowner, as crows regularly kill lambs by pecking their eyes out; nature red in tooth, claw, and beak!

Continuing, we soon left the Calderdale Way and headed along the edge of Warley Moor to Lower Height Farm, with its impressive gateways.  Here the photos stopped, not to start again for 3 hours as we trudged through the cloud across the moor, with Derek explaining the purpose of some large stone shafts – ventilation for an underground water system taking water down to the Hebden Bridge mills.  It was at the second of the shafts that we stopped for lunch, slowly freezing in the wind at an elevation of over 1300 feet, almost the highest point of the walk.  After lunch we headed south on the Calderdale Way again, along the edge of Wadsworth and Midgley Moors, before dropping down into Midgley itself and thence to Luddenden.  Derek then tested our map reading skills by organising a treasure hunt for us, i.e. find the Kitchen Coffee House in Mytholmroyd!  Find it we did, and it was well worth the trouble; my bacon butty absolutely hit the spot.  So ended a disappointing day for Derek, and something of a challenging day for the rest of us, but at least he can run the walk again at another time.

Write up Arnold, pics Mark.  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!

2 Comments

  1. Susan Holden

    Hi Derek
    I didn’t get chance to thank you for the walk or I could say non walk !!!! but how could I forget that long long steep climb. The only consolation is that you were suffering too.
    You did a great job in very difficult conditions. Thanks to Mark for the photos.

  2. Thanks again Arnold for the report and Mark for the photos, and special thanks to Judy for a sterling job as back marker. As a matter of accuracy, the high-viz jacket was donned well before lunch, and there is no grudging about it!

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