Penistone 15-11-2017 – Leader Graham

Penistone 15-11-2017 – Leader Graham

On a pleasantly warm morning, 24 walkers gathered at the Penistone car park, including Chris – living in Bacup, though not from Bacup – who was walking with us for the first time.  As ever, he was made very welcome, and we hope to see him again.  We headed west across Haworth Moor on the Millennium Way, with lovely views across the valley to the north.  Soon we were at the delightful Brontë Bridge, with the waterfall above us to the left, and impressive views behind us.  We climbed steeply south past the waterfall, to reach our first break spot at a grouse shooting butt, the first of a number that we were to see.

After the break, we continued to climb through the heather, trying to avoid the wettest bits, skirting Harbour Hill to reach Oxenhope Stoop Hill, and a boundary stone at almost 1500 feet, the highest point of the walk.  I thought the ‘H’ on the stone meant Haworth, but here it suggests that it means Hebden Bridge; take your pick.  Whatever, we turned east at this point, and descended a couple of hundred feet to reach a conduit, which we followed.  A number of sheep trotted along in front of us, penned in by the conduit on one side and a fence on the other.  After a while, several decided to leap across to get our of our way.  The first 2 or 3 had no problem, but the next one was not convinced of its abilities, though eventually it had a go and got across – just!  As we continued, the views across the bracken-covered slopes to Leeshaw Reservoir were outstanding.  Lunch was taken just before we reached Hebden Bridge Road, the cool breeze making many of us don layers that we had removed earlier.

After crossing the main road, Jenny took a cracking shot of a grouse on a wall, but this was to be her last picture today, as soon after that she fell heavily onto her right knee on reaching a minor road.  Unfortunately, she forgot that many of us had recently been on a first aid course, so she did not pretend to be unconscious, therefore we couldn’t practise our DRSABCD!  By the end of the walk her knee was swollen and very painful, so we hope that she is OK.  Soon after, we exited the access land and dropped towards Oxenhope, encountering a very excited dog chasing chickens en route, plus a very friendly Siamese cat.

At 2.15, we entered Oxenhope railway station, with its lovely buffet coach, for an early brew.  Personally, I opted for the chicken & ham pie instead, which was delicious – made by the local butcher, so we were told by the young man who served us.  We dallied here for quite a while, but no trains came, so off we went to finish via part of the Railway Children Walk, passing Bent’s House, where the children lived in the film.  This took us to the Brontë Way, which we followed across a couple of very muddy fields to reach the impressive Penistone Hill Country Park, with its dramatic disused quarry, and thence back to the cars, ending a really excellent day, thanks to Graham.  Thanks also to Jenny for some lovely pictures in the first half of the walk.

(Write up Arnold, pics Jenny & 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.


  1. Thanks Graham for a scenic walk with many points of interest. Jenny I hope your knee will soon be better.

  2. Thank you to all my Rambling friends for their concern and help yesterday. My knee is still sore but much better than yesterday. I will finish my photography duties at some point in the future.
    Thankfully your newly acquired first aid skills were not needed.

  3. Graeme Adlum

    Many thanks to Graham for the walk and cafe with a difference.

    Well done on the photos Jenny – hope the knee is ok.

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