Ripponden 17-05-2017 – Leader John

Ripponden 17-05-2017 – Leader John

I was rubbing my hands when I saw the forecast this morning, thinking that John’s walk today would prove to be the wettest of the year so far, surpassing Huncoat.  So you can imagine my chagrin when only about three drops of rain fell on us all day!  That, plus the beautiful flowers in profusion, made this a memorable walk for the 19 ramblers today.  From the car park, John led us south, climbing quite steeply past the well-named Height Green, and then east – still climbing – along Gosling Lane.  With the weather being clear, the rolling views were more than pleasant, and – as said above – the wild flowers were a treat.  Past the rather splendid Krumlin Hall, with lead work to die for, we took our first break in a grassy lane.

Swinging upwards through a bluebell wood, we came to Barkisland Mill, very nicely converted to apartments.  By now we had lost all of the elevation we had previously gained, and then we started climbing again, with views over a lovely valley to our left.  We spotted a blue plaque recognising the work of a local solicitor, John Bearder, who founded a local charity in 1992.  Then we cam across a very pleasant lady with half a dozen even more pleasant horses, of which we made quite a fuss, especially Josie.  (Will someone please tell her that it is frogs she is supposed to kiss.)  By this time we had arrived at Stubbing, where we took an early lunch, expecting rain every minute.  Of course, the rain did not come, so after lunch we continued northward to Upper Greetland, where Graham gave a good imitation of Charles Atlas – but the younger ones amongst you won’t remember him!

Still climbing, we headed north to Greetland Moor and then Norland Moor, where we had a very nice view over Sowerby Bridge in the valley below.  By this time we were on the Calderdale Way, which we followed to the trig point on the moor at a little over 900 feet – the highest point of the walk today.  Then, as they say, it was all downhill back to Ripponden and the delightful Stanley’s Kitchen, to end a smashing day, thanks to John.

(Write up Arnold, lovely pics Jenny.  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. Rosemary

    A lovely walk in an area that is unfamiliar to many of us. Thank you John. The photos were full of interest and Jenny captured scenes of the countryside well.

  2. Graeme Adlum

    Thanks to John for leading this walk in an area we seldom visit and also for choosing and excellent tea shop.

    Well done Jennie on the photo’s.

  3. Jenny

    The weather gods were certainly with us on this lovely walk. Instead of the day long heavy rain shown on the forecasts, we were hardly wet at the end of the day. Thank you John for showing us this area and thanks to the photographer’s assistants/advisors. Don’t know how Arnold managed for all those years.

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