Friday, 8 May 2009

Day 33 Thursday - Langsett to Marsden

Walking 7.50am to 5.30pm
Distance walked today 16 miles
Total distance walked 476 miles
Distance left 576 miles

The day was forecast to be dry which was nice after all the rain yesterday. After a short distance on the A628, I took a footpath to join the Trans-Pennine Trail, a route which appears to cross the country from the east coast north-east of Hull and which goes west to Liverpool and up to Southport. At this point, it was along a disused railway track but it also uses towpaths and other rights of way.

I followed it for about three miles to Dunford Bridge where I went up to the dam at Winscar Reservoir and was then on the Pennine Cycleway.
Winscar Reservoir
This took me round Harden Clough along a lane south of some coniferous woodland.

Snittlegate SE149043
After a mile and a half, I left the Pennine Cycleway to go west along a bridleway by Crossley's Plantation. This took me down towards Brownhill Reservoir just before the village of Holme. However, some major works were going on and the path was diverted. I backtracked and took a path towards Yateholme Reservoir and then a path through Holme Woods which then dropped steeply down, over a stream bridge and up to a track which took me into Holme. I took the Kirklees Way out of Holme to Digley Reservoir and followed this up to the A635 and on to the Pennine Way at Wessenden Head.

Looking back to Holme

Wessenden Head

A little way past Wessenden Reservoir, I caught up with a couple from Lincoln who had started walking the Pennine Way yesterday (the day when it hadn't stopped raining). We walked together for a couple of miles (collecting another PW walker along the way) and I then left them to go alongside Redbrook Reservoir to find my campsite behind the Carriage House pub (on the A62 two miles south-west of Marsden and just off the Pennine Way). Globe Farm nearby no longer does camping. The beer's good (Black Sheep) and they specialise in Turkish cuisine. I was weak-willed. Despite having a meal to eat under the tarp, here I am in the pub having had Turkish lamb, rice and salad followed by jam rolypoly and custard! Oh well, I'll walk it off tomorrow. This is a good place. When they found out I was walking for charity, my £5.00 camping charge came back so that will go to my MS charity.

1 comment:

  1. "Weak-willed"? nonsense, you deserved it, Geoff. What nice people the camp-site owners are.