Wessenden Head, Marsden Moor and Black Hill

This walk is up on the tops beyond Marsden. The going is tough in places, boggy and deep mud. You can avoid all the mess by sticking to the Pennine Way path, and rerouting accordingly.

This route is about 11 miles long, and would be ideal for taking your dog along, please take a lead though, there is livestock on the route. The sheep live here, you are just visiting, please be nice.

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At the start, find a parking space, there are plenty, but nowhere for a comfort break, so pay a visit before you get here.

I started by walking down past the first of 5 reservoirs, Wessenden Head. The path is gravel, and downhill. Easy going, but can be a little wet. Today it was frosty and snow was covering the moorland.


The next reservoir soon comes into sight, this one Wessenden.


The beautiful deep blue of the sky belies the cold. Its feels bitter at -2’C

selfie I have been warmer in Iceland!

But what a view!

The snow line was just below Wessenden reservoir, and at the farm there were some expensive beasts. deer

(8 venison legs for £50, Is that two deer?) -sorry I couldn’t resist!

Back to the walk, and we are going to be crossing that little bridge, bottom right on this picture.


Its well signpostedway following the Pennine Way, expect good footpaths, but don’t expect level. This part is very steep, use your hands to steady yourself, you do not want to overbalance here.

The stream looks amazing with the early morning sunlight glinting off the ripples, the water dancing at the start of its long journey to the sea.


Up the steep other side, and on to Marsden Moormoor moor2


The reservoirs of Blakeley and Swellands will be seen in passing, the path takes you up close and personal with Black Moss Reservoir

BlackMosswho knew there was a beech in the Huddersfield area?

Traversing almost 360′ around the reservoir, this hike as left the Pennine way and the clearly defined pathway is no more. It will become clearer further on, but I find I am having to take and follow compass bearings to get along. Sure, I could have managed, perhaps, or I could have retraced my steps. A map and compass is my preferred option.

Walking over the moors, with a map, you also get to see the names, I like the idea of “Black Moss” and “White Moss” and I wonder what went on in the past to give such evocative names as “Featherbed Moss”

No time to get too romantic though, the A635 is soon reached and with it the increased speed of the world. The map has a footpath marked, but alas the way was not willing to be found today. I chose instead to walk along the roadside to a disused quarry, and go off-piste. Although there is a path marked, nature had had other ideas, and almost any trace had been erased over the winter. If you are on the right track, you should find the odd cairn to guide you.


Luckily enough, there is a highly visible landmark in front of you, just look up! Soldiers Lump is the name given to the top of Black Hill, the highest point in West Yorkshire, and back to the superb pathway of the Pennine way. Whip out the old camera and grab a selfie!


Just for the heck of it, I walked South along the main path for about a mile, just to take a look, then doubled back to the trig point, and onwards towards the car park.

In the distance, the jewel in the crown of West Yorkshire, Huddersfield shines.


There is a steep downhill section which is a bit tricky, and then the crossing of Dean Clough deanclough before the last ascent and you are back at the Car Park and if you are very lucky, the welcome sight of a tea van.

Have fun, and enjoy yourself, but please be safe while you are out, and follow the countryside code.


The Accidental Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge

Does this sound familiar?

You decide to get fit, and the first month goes really well. Someone mentions a great challenge, and full of enthusiasm, you sign up. The next day, you realise what you have done!

Stop now and take stock! Before you venture onto the hills, question your skills and your motivation, look at your fitness level and really assess if you are going to manage.

a good few thousand people a year do complete this, a lot don’t.


Looking back to Whernside from Ingleborough. This is one of the views you will see if you can answer yes to these questions.

Can you walk a marathon? and climb the equivalent of 400 flights of stairs up and down? Can you do this carrying food, water, waterproofs, warm clothes, essentials? Without mobile phone signal? In widely varying weather conditions and temperatures? In under 12 hours?

You may have signed up for this challenge to support a worthy cause, that’s really cool, but believe me, there are no charities or sponsors who want you to be in trouble on the hills. Be prepared, or don’t set off.

There is a list of what I take every time I go out on a walk at the bottom.

With 4 weeks to go until my charity challenge, I decided to go and check it out.

I arrived just before 7 in the morning, got my boots on, and away for exactly 7am.

Pen-Y-Ghent rises majestically in front of me as I leave Horton-in-Ribblesdale and get some Yorkshire Dales dirt on my soles. It is a pleasant morning, quiet but for the birdsong, and the walking is easy enough. Its mostly a steady incline, getting colder as I get higher until the ground is covered in a dusting of new snow. The path joins the Pennine Way just in time for the last push to the summit. This is not an easy bit, you do use hands as well as feet to get up here. Whip out the old mobile for a selfie at the Trig point.

Pen-Y-Ghent Its 8am, too early to go home, and I’m not tired, so I decide to head off towards Whernside. It’s all good practice

What! going downhill is way harder than going uphill! Who knew?

Press on, I was joined by a young lad and his dog. The dog was called “Ralph” not sure about the lad’s name. We chatted for a little while as the miles passed. We parted company at the Ribblehead Viaduct. He felt the call of the burger van, where there was a cup of tea with his name on it!

viaduct Whernside is a different animal. Where Pen-Y-Ghent was frosty, and steep, Whernside was foggy, and a long drag upwards. up The misty drizzle did serve to keep me cool, every cloud…..

This is the highest of the three peaks, so out with the selfi-cam again.

Whernside At each of the trig points, there are drystone walls formed in a semi-circle with rough seating inside. I would suggest getting off the summit and stopping for a bite or drink, instead of being in the coldest spot. Don’t forget to add a layer if and when you do grab a break, you will cool down very quickly.

So there we go, two down.

The valley after Whernside has a lovely old lady selling hot snacks and drinks, she also had bottled water, so I grabbed a couple. At this point, I could walk back to the car, but as the day was getting warmer, I had fresh water, and most of my food supplies left… well it would seem rude not to go for it, wouldn’t it?

Ingleborough is a pig of a hill! It is official!

Ing I met my first group of walkers making their attempt at all 3 peaks here. They were raising money for the Meningitis Trust, and had been out since 5:20am. They are the orange dots half way up!

This climb lifts you to a ridge, which you follow up to a plateau which could be straight from a lunar landscape. The trig point safely bagged with a selfie, Ingleborough

time to head off the hill.

The elation of getting that third peak has time to dissipate by the time you get back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. There is nothing much to say, other than at this point you are very tired, and your legs are aching. Its downhill all the way back.

Back By the time I returned, the Pen-Y-Ghent Cafe was still open, so in I went. You can be invited to join the prestigious 3 peaks club if you manage the challenge in under 12 hours. Do I get a badge? No! You must let the cafe know that you are attempting the walk, and let them know your set off time! Unfortunately, I didn’t, so no, I don’t get a badge 🙁 But my friends who set off at 5:20, they were in the log, so they do. Every cloud…….

So that was how I “accidentally” completed the three peaks. My time?

9hrs 15minutes … unofficial of course

After driving back to Huddersfield, my legs were seizing up. I had a bath, then slept for 10 hours solid. This is a serious challenge, I accidentally completed it, having made assessment of my situation at many points throughout the day. As you can see from the videos, I was not expecting to see it through this time, but the weather was favourable, I had the right gear and sufficient supplies. I was aware of my position at all times, and I was prepared to leave and get back to safety if that was required.

Please be very careful if you go out. Be prepared! and have fun.

My supplies and equipment:


          • Rohan briefs (much more comfortable than cotton) Direct Link to Rohan
          • Bridgedale Socks (never had a blister since I started wearing these)

    • North Face Base layer

    • Cragghopper Trousers

    • North Face Fleece

    • Marmut Waterproof

    • North Face Waterproof trousers

    • Alt-Berg Boots Can be seen at this direct link
    • Rab Gaiters

    • Karrimor Rucksack

In the Rucksack

    • Anything from above, not currently being worn
    • Cragghoppers Down Jacket
    • wooly hat and gloves
    • spare socks
    • basic first aid kit
    • 10m para-cord
    • knife
    • Silver foil blanket

  • Orange ‘bivvi’ bag
  • 4 Mars bars
  • Flask of ‘Yorkshire Tea
  • water
  • Sandwiches in a tupperware box
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Mobile phone
  • Keys
  • Some money and a credit card

Free Walking

No, this isn’t about how you can walk for nothing, its about setting off to explore the town with no pre-planned route.

Lunchtime arrived, and because I had started early, most of my work was complete, so I set off for a wander.GreenheadRoad

Through the town to Greenhead Park was a good start,










Stopping for a light lunch by the model Railway.  The sun was out, so the park was busy.


I exited on Gledholt road, and went for an explore in the woods.Gledholt-wood

You really should have a look here, its super.Gledholt-WaterfallStinkLily

Finally I took a little used path over the railway bridge into Longroyd BridgeTower

back to work past Snow Island.snoweir

I suppose I must have walked about 3 miles-ish and it took an hour and a half, a real break from work.

Castle Hill – Shelley – Thunder Bridge – Farnley Tyas – 11 miles

Victoria-Tower The starting point for this walk is Castle Hill, in the car park at the side of Victoria Tower. The beautiful rosy glow belies the freezing temperature at 6:30 am as the sun rises.

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This is a circular walk of 11 miles, and regardless of which way round you tackle it, you will start going downhill, and finish with a rise. (This is what happens when you start on the top of a hill). On the positive side, you can see the tower from most places on this walk, making it hard to get lost. Expect to take 4-5 hours on this walk.

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elevation Elevation, Clockwise

Today I had company for the walk, my daughters boyfriend is just finishing basic training with the army, and volunteered to come along. As we set off heading North-East from Victoria tower, Huddersfield is veiled in low cloud. Huddersfield

The mercury is hovering around zero degrees, but the clear sky is a good indication of a pleasant day to come.

The footpath leads downhill, veering slightly more towards east, until we meet the road at Wheat Royd. Your start point is still clearly visible.Tower-Almondbury






Turn off the main road at Sharp Lane, and there is a footpath on the left, this takes you down a meandering path to Rushfield DikestreamRushfield-Dike

Up a rise to Birks Wood, where you join Woodsome road.

Starting to feel warm, we take a break for a brew by Woodsome Hall Golf Course, its still quiet on this road, but I suspect it will be noisier when we get to the A629, which is just around the corner. This corner of the road is treacherous, please be really cautious. The A629, although not really busy yet seems to be manic after the quiet of the walk so far, stay safe as you cross this main road. You are only alongside for 50 yards before turning Right (signposted “Lepton”)

If you have driven some of these roads, you will know how steep they are, so you can imagine that approaching on foot is disheartening, but actually they don’t seem too bad, and there are lots of spots where you can stop and chat with the locals.


A little way up the hill, turn Right along the footpath, which is well marked and a nice stretch along to the bridleway at Burton Royd lane, a good place to pause and take in the view.

If the weather is good, it is possible to see the start from hereHighburton

It is actually about 5 miles as the crow flies.

The route circles around Kirkburton on a small road, joining a footpath again at Cinder HillEmley

This is as close as we get to Emley Moor mast, which is just 1km from us.

The footpath is reasonably well marked, but a little “tyred” in places


At Shelley, you are back on tarmac, drop down the steep hill into the lower village, then turn right along the A629. There is a turn to the left which takes you to Thunder Bridge, which is a very pretty little village, well worth a visit.Thunderbridge

Take a breather before the steep uphill sectionup to Jenkinson wood and along wood lane. Right on Farnley lane and you are well on your way to Farnley Tyas.

Thunder Bridge was always a popular destination it seemsTo-Thunderbridge

Emley mast is looking a little smaller nowFarnley On the opposite side of the road, there is a strange looking little building, which is the well head that supplied Storthes Hall in Victorian timesWell

Nearly back, Victoria Tower stands guard, waiting to welcome weary travelers backTower-from-Farnley but before you get there, there is the pleasure of Lumb Dike. Please be careful, it can be very muddy here LumbDike then start your assault on

the South Face of the HillLumb-Dike



Kilner Bank – Just over 2 Miles

This is a short walk of just over 2 miles, which takes you away from the hustle of the town. It is surprisingly green and rural considering just how close it is. Allow yourself an hour for this walk, and expect some mud.


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This is a circular walk, so it can be started anywhere along the route. I am starting at Silver Street, and the steep steps up past Kilner Bank Road

StartWithin a few minutes, you are presented with a view which makes the whole walk worthwhile


The footpaths are well trodden, but I was unable to see any signage, so you need to be careful to turn up towards the cricket ground. If you miss the turn, don’t worry, just follow the old disused road, and take the turning at the old quarry entrance.

The walk leads through a wooded areaBankTop

before opening to the next superb view


Easily followed, but a bit muddy, this top stretch isn’t far, and you head down and back along a pretty little track, which is unmarked on the OS map

Bank-BottomThe route

is well over half way completed,

so I popped into Costa for a cheeky latte. Refreshed you pass the Stadium, I always loose track of what they are calling it these days, McAlpine, Galpharm, John Smiths?


No such problem with the River Colne,

which lazily meanders past on the RightColne

The last short stretch passes the Golf range, exiting the car park at the rear right, then along the track to get back to the start.


Historic Buildings Trail

Discover Huddersfield have produced a series of little guided walk booklets, I decided to grab one and get out for a lunchtime walk and see what it is about.

This short walk is called the Historic Buildings Trail and it starts at the Railway Station


Impressive as the station is, remember to look at the other buildings which surround the square.

The Walk is about a mile long, and will take about 20 minutes


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Head off along Railway street which is to your left as you look at the station. Can you spot this cheeky fella?


Was this a statement by a disgruntled stone mason?

A right turn at the junction takes you down past Byram Arcade, with the impressive frontage,Byram

more than matched by the inside, lots of unique shops, and a great cuppa at the BlueRooms if you have time. As you pass


Lloyds Bank

Turn Right and you are in Market PlaceMarket-Place

Keep walking through the town centre (don’t forget to look up, above the shop frontages) until you get to Ramsden Street, and turn Left down to the Town Hall

Town-Halland the libraryLibrary

Turning Right past the indoor market you take a dogleg and arrive at the ring road. Turn Left and follow the road past part of Huddersfield University. At Queen street, branch left and you will pass by the

Lawrence Batley TheatreLB


The end of Queen street presents you with a view of St Peters ChurchStPetersFront I prefer

the view from the other sideStPeters

The Historic Building Trail suggests you walk along Lord street, which is fine, but you can walk through the church grounds too

Peters-Walkwhichever way you choose, turn Right at Northumberland street for

the Mechanics Institute buildingMechanics

The Trail scoots alongside the building on Friendly street, what a pleasent sounding place! A 90 degree left brings you finally to the conclusion of this walk, The Wholesale Market



There is a lot of information packed into the tiny booklet. I’m really pleased that I decided to take this short walk on.

If you get chance I recommend you give it a try. If you want on, the booklet is available from:

Discover Huddersfield

or you can

email discover Huddersfield

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Starting out at the University of Huddersfield, at Lock 1E, this is a pleasant walk of just under 8 miles, finishing about 3 hours later at the Standedge Tunnel in Marsden. A more extended walk includes Standedge Moor, rejoining the canal at Diggle and continuing on to Ashton-Under-Lyne. This long walk comes in at 23 miles


This walk is shown here as a map and can be downloaded as a gpx file

Getting to Aspley, for the start of this walk is easy, its only a few hundred yards South East of Huddersfield Town Centre. Follow Wakefield Road until you get to Aspley, and get onto the Canal Towpath.

At this point you are on the Broad Canal, so head West past the University, and you will see the start.

Lock 1E
Huddersfield Narrow Canal Lock Number 1E

Accompanied by the local ducks,

I leave the first lock and head off into the walk. Don’t get used to being on the towpath though. The canal allows barges to pass along, but the towpath is sadly no more. It is necessary to leave the canal almost as soon as you have begun, A short climbleave canal

Down the street (turn right at the bottom)street1Then keep going straight until

you get to the Kirklees College college

2EBefore you cross the main road, look back along the canal and you will see lock No.2. This is the only way to see it unless you are on a barge.

3ELock No.3 is somewhat easier to see and has the towering backdrop of Kirklees CollegekirkleesCollege

At lock No.3 you rejoin the towpath as it heads away from huddersfield and sheds modernity for tranquility.



More on this to come,

In the meantime, there is a booklet available from:

Huddersfield Canal Society

email the Huddersfield Canal Society

Walking the Meltham Way Circular Walk in Huddersfield from Blackmoorfoot Reservoir

The Meltham Way

The village of Meltham lies on the South West of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. It Famously holds an annual 40’s weekend with thousand turning up to take part. The 2016 event will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of July. See more at their website here melthammemories.co.uk

Circling around Meltham is an 8.5 mile walk, The Meltham Way. It is, in my opinion, one of Huddersfield’s finest walks.

If you are planning to try this walk, it is possible to park your car on the roadside by Blackmoorfoot Reservoir. You can get here by bus from Huddersfield. It takes 28 minutes on Bus Number 393.

Or if you are training for the Yorkshire Three Peaks, You can walk up to the resrvoir from Milnsbridge, Paddock or Crossland Moor.

Coming at it from the West you will be close to the Wills’o’nats pub, well worth a call in afterwards, or alternatively, from the East or North take a look at grabbing a pint from the Bull’s Head

The walk around Meltham is not signposted as the Meltham way, instead, there are arrows on small green plaques which say “Walk Meltham”.

The terrain is often soft underfoot, and there are a lot of high stiles and walls to climb over. These are generally in good repair, but as always, please be careful. There is also a short ladder to climb.

You will be mostly walking on the flat, but the walk has aproximately 500′ of elevation change over its length.

Expect the walk to take around 31/2 hours.

Starting from the access road on the East side of Blackmoorfoot reservoir, walk clockwise around the reservoir to half way along the South bank. You will see the start of the Meltham Conduit, a manmade feeder waterway for the reservoir.

Meltham Conduit

The entrance to the pathway is just to the left, and follows the banking along. At this end, the conduit is quite wide, and has some pretty bridges for the sheep to get from field to field, there may be trolls underneath, I didn’t hang around to find out

In the distance, you can see West Nab, the prominant point on the skyline


This stretch along the conduit is about a mile and a bit.

It is relatively easy going between the 4′ high walls, which have steps built into them to assist your climb.

Be careful, one of them has a long step down, and several cross onto roads which are fairly well used. The views are stunning though, so its worth taking your time.

It can be a touch windy, there is not a lot to shelter you.

 Keep going until you come across an old set of lock gearing.

Hard to miss. At this point you are going to change direction from generally SW to roughly SE, it is here that you will come across the ladder, and you cross the spillway.

This shows the spillway, and the ladder, its below the level of the land to the left, so you get a bit of shelter, an ideal spot for a drop of #yorkshiretea

Back to the conduit, and the locals are quite friendly


The conduit gets smaller and eventually fades to next to nothing, you cross a stile and are left wondering where to go next. At this point you are on a road/track turn right and walk uphill to see the steep sided valley of Royd Edge Clough.

Then turn left and walk down the side of the valley. If its Spring, as it was when I did this, there are some really good opportunities for Easter Photos of Daffodils with Meltham in the background.

As you follow the path on a road, look out for a right hand turn which doubles back. The signs are there, but not easy to see. They get harder, there is a gate on the next corner, which gets hidden by parked cars. Make sure you go through this gate, then only a few yards further and you turn left in the valley bottom. You will believe that you have gone wrong as you go uphill along the path with overgrown tree roots and branches at head level, but its not for long and you get to a farm yard.

In this farm yard is an attack Turkey. I kid you not! For all the times you have had a Christmas dinner, this little bugger wants revenge! Maintain eye contact at all times, and don’t stop until you are past. I turned to get this info from the farmer and the little sod had me! You have been warned.

Back to the walk, and across the Wilshaw Road you enter Meltham Gardens, which is a restful 5 minute stroll, sheltered and shaded, and no Turkey.

Out of the Gardens and the Meltham Way goes Right and Uphill towards Thick Hollins Park. Or, alternatively take a left and walk along the bottom side of Meltham Mills. This naughty little detour reduces the walk by about 40 minutes, and because its Easter Sunday, and I have family to visit, I’m taking the detour.

I rejoin the Meltham Way by taking the second public footpath on the right hand side of the main road and follow the walk meltham signs right back to Blackmoorfoot reservoir

and then to the start point

…..This is my fourth Sunday of getting up early and going out for a little walk. Today started at 5:30am at Marsh,

Walking past Royds Hall, down into Milnsbridge

I took the Right Fork in Milnsbridge to cross Manchester road and head up to Colne Valley High and then the reservoir.

At dawn, with the birds singing away you get some good views out over the valley


and pass the church in Linthwaite.

Just before the top of the hill is a great view of the Colne Valley


The total distance was about 15 miles. I am starting to feel a bit fitter, although today was very windy, which made walking tough.

Along the way I detoured to keep to my self imposed training schedule, which as far as possible I try and follow without compromising on family life.

The reason I started doing all this walking is to increase my fitness levels, and to reduce my Cholestrol, but in recent weeks I have been training harder than before as I will be attempting the Yorkshire 3 Peaks #Y3P in May. I have taken on the challenge to support the RMBI

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Ainley Top to Chain Bar Roundabout – Part of the Kirklees way -12 miles

The Kirklees Way

This is the first section of the Kirklees way, starting from Ainley Top Roundabout in Huddersfield, and going clockwise on the route for about 13 miles, then dropping down to chain bar on the M606 to be picked up. This section of the Kirklees way will take about 5 hours.

The kirklees way is a big crcle around kirklees, but make no mistake, its not a circular walk. Bus links back to Huddersfield on this leg are flakey at best. To get home I needed to get my support time (Kate, my wife) to pick me up. Be prepared to grovel if you start this walk.

It is possible to park on a side street near Ainley top, or arrive by bus, but the best way is just to walk up from town especially if you are training for #Y3P.

The walk can be muddy, not just a bit, but seriously over the ankles muddy, so please be careful.

The Kirklees way follows a nice gentle downhill on a straightforward path down to Grimescar Dike and exits onto Grimescar road just above Birkby.  As is usual from most parts of Huddersfield, you can see the Victoria Tower on Castle Hill in the distance.

Take a breather, and get ready for a steep uphill section

At the top you can take in the view while you catch your breath

It is worth pointing out that the Kirklees way has been here for a while, so its not always going to be the modern circle with a yellow arrow that shows you the way. Some of the older ones can be less than obvious.

Some though are quite easy

The trail leads us onto the Huddersfield Golf Course, quite exclusive, this is probably the only way I will ever get on it 🙂 This morning I can see all the way to FerryBridge, Eggborough and Drax

And exit stage North

This was the last time on this walk that I could see my boots. Upper Cote Farm was very, very muddy

Heading generally West I walked through Upper and Lower Fell Greave, tricky, the way is not marked clearly, but you can trust your map. Another little bridge, watch out for trolls. I didn’t hang about

The second golf course of the day is Bradley

And you will have no trouble following the pathway down to the Leeds Road by Cooper Bridge.

The Three Nuns looks to be in the throws of a refit, and possibly a rename. Walk up the right hand side of it and you find yourself in a staggeringly beautiful area

which only gets better when you arrive in the picturesque village of Hartshead

Past the Church, turn left, then Right the Left again and follow the gentle slope down to that bridge over the M62 that you always wondered how to get to.

Eventually you will arrive at Whitehall road, where I turned Right to head down to the roundabout with the M606. There is a good sized layby here where you can be collected.

This is the third day I have set off early to train for the Yorkshire three peaks. There was some trepidation, because today is the first outing for my new boots. I have been breaking them in gently, but today was a real test.

The boots I have are Altberg Tethera made in Richmond, North Yorkshire, by Alt-Berg, who also make boots for the military. I have to give them a thumbs up, no blisters, and my feet were dry and warm all day. Top marks go to blackburns outdoor for the fitting service, Thanks Carol 🙂

#Y3Ptraining – Second day of endurance training – Scammonden

Last week I walked to Marsden, the first of my walks designed to build endurance for the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge #Y3Ptraining. This week, I am going a little further and introducing some incline to the walk. The route

This is a screeshot from my phone. The app is from Ordnance Survey, and it is superb!

In a nutshell, the plan was to walk uphill from Huddersfield to the motorway, cross the bridge to Outlane and keep going until I reached Scammonden, Make a circuit of the dam, and return over the moors to home.

Total Distance:  16 miles

Total Time: 5 1/2 hours

Pictures of the route


Early Morning start, so the M62 is deserted and its wonderfully quiet.


Open country public footpaths make it feel like a great adventure.


Eerily quiet at the dam


Decided to take a selfie!

The Locals were not sure what to make of me.

It was cold. 3’C going round the dam. I was wearing a 3 layer system of wicking base layer, fleece and windproof outer. As you can see from the selfie, I was down to base layer and still warm enough, lots of effort getting here up the hills. As soon as I stop I just throw the fleece on to keep warm.

I made this a long walk because I’m training for the three peaks, but Scammonden offers a couple of carparks and is a pleasent walk of about 3 miles around. Later in the day Kate decided she would like this walk, so we came back and I walked round again, just as the sun was setting.

At the end of this second day I have learned a couple of lessons.

Walking back over the moors got muddy. Trainers are not great in mud.

A hot drink of #yorkshiretea is great, but 1litre flasks get heavy quick!

and the tricky subject of sweaty areas. Walking produces heat, and you sweat. Cotton can absorb some moisture, but it holds on to it. After 10 miles the technical fabrics of the rest of my outfit are cool and comfortable, but the cotton briefs are less so. This will need to be thought about for next week.

Update, Rohan produce some base layer briefs in a style similar to the M&S ones I normally wear. A pair have been ordered.