Distance walked today 9 miles
Total distance walked 499 miles
Distance left 553 miles
John, Tricia and I drove to Hebden Bridge where met up with Ben's parents, Peter and Lynne. Having established the correct direction out of the town, we walked up what must have been a 1 in 3 cobbled hill which led us to the enchanting village of Heptonstall, rather like a smaller version of Haworth but without the tourists and tat. A place worthy of a return visit. Lynne told the tale of a hanged man having once been buried in the churchyard but, like telling a joke and forgetting the punchline, she couldn't remember why.
We decided not to join the Pennine Way at this point and, instead, dropped down into the wooded valley to Hardcastle Crags, a collection of restored mill buildings and cottages owned by the National Trust. Here, there was a tearoom and museum. We didn't pass the tearoom by.