Penistone 07-09-2016 – Leader Graham

Penistone 07-09-2016 – Leader Graham

A splendid day in prospect, and a splendid day in fact, with wall to wall hot sunshine, and a surprise package at the end; days don’t come much better than this.  18 of us eventually set out from the disused toilet block at Penistone, heading west across Haworth Moor, with lovely heather-clad views.  We soon came upon the two old railway goods waggons that we are used to seeing here, but this time they were open, and surrounded by pickup trucks.  A lady caterer there told us it was for a grouse shoot, and soon afterwards we met two gentlemen surrounded by working dogs.  One, very much the typical smart gamekeeper, was accompanied by the owner of the moor, would you believe!  After a nice chat about the dogs (one, unusually, was a working cocker spaniel), we left them to their work, with back markers Glyn and I keeping our heads down.  This took us to elevenses, with extensive views over the moor, watching the pair working.

After the break, we turned back on ourselves, and dropped down to the Brontë Bridge, before paralleling our outgoing route back to the car park road, which we crossed and headed towards Haworth, with lovely views northward across the valley.  We soon turned off to enter Haworth itself, to take lunch in the park.  I won’t mention Basil’s feet.  After lunch, railway buff Graham took us a mile up the road to see the delightful Oakworth station on the Worth Valley line, and then back down to Haworth on the Railway Children Walk.  We then continued south on the Millennium Way parallel to the railway line, crossing and re-crossing Bridgehouse Beck, to reach Oxenhope station for refreshments.

As once before, this was Graham’s master stroke, both for the delights of the buffet car café and for the splendid private hire train that soon pulled in, with a shining coal tank engine 1054 at the front, and two Pullman carriages behind,  This engine has an interesting history, being the very first locomotive to be saved for preservation from funds raised by public subscription.  After chatting to a number of the staff, we plodded back in the heat to the cars, passing a dinky telephone box community library, to end a really lovely and interesting day, thanks to Graham.

(Pics & write up Arnold.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.)

Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.

2 Comments

  1. Tom Hughes

    Great walk, Graham, and great pics as usual, Arnold. Thanks!

  2. Glyn Bruffell

    Great walk, thanks to everybody for waiting for Joan and me.

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