Todmorden 23-04-2017 Leader – Dougie

Todmorden 23-04-2017  Leader – Dougie

A select group of 5 turned up for the walk, including Judy and Joe’s daughter Nuala. It proved to be a glorious walk with plenty of sunshine, although a cool wind at times, and so it was an on/off layers day.

We initially wriggled through Todmorden including briefly along the canal before climbing north westerly towards Stones, passing John Fielden’s house, who was a partner in Fielden Brothers at Waterside Mill, and when an MP did a lot to reduce the working day to just 10 hours for children and women. We also passed and admired Dobroyd Castle, now an activity centre.  We joined the Calderdale Way raising to Todmorden Edge with great views across the valley. Partway through the descent, we stopped for coffee before dropping to cross the Burnley Road, leaving the Calderdale Way by an impressive railway arch.  We went up Church Road and Jumps Lane, climbing steadily.  We crossed towards Shore, rising up above Pudding Lane to pass the Mount Cross, the oldest religious memorial in the area.  Turning south eastwards still climbing towards Bride Stones Moor, we stopped for lunch before the final climb with gipsy horses for company and our target clearly visible. As we got there we were able to admire the Great Bride Stones and the Little Bride Stones made from gritstone carved by ice and severely weathered with time. They are reported to be dedicated to Bride, Goddess of the Brigantian people, and apparently has more recently been chosen as the site for a number of weddings. Even Angela and Roy couldn’t move the hourglass shaped stone known as the “Bride”! From the trig point we had spectacular panoramic views of the South Pennines and Yorkshire beyond.  We then descended via Keelham Heights and Greenhurst Hey to Hole Bottom, skirting the golf club on the way back to Todmorden.  We enjoyed many wonderful signs of spring, including colourful flowers, trees opening their leaves before us and new born farm animals.

Thanks to Dougie for a great walk, carefully planned to avoid boggy patches, with plenty of interspersed history of the area.

Write up and pics  – Judy

10.20 miles.  Ascent 2055 feet / 626 metres.

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

1 Comment

  1. Cracking pics and write up, Judy.

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