Sunday, 28 May 2017

Pennine Way Day 4 - Callis Bridge to Ickornshaw

Started walking 7.15am
Walked 15 miles
Arrived 5.30pm

Woke to a light rain at 5am but it had cleared by the time we left. We were able to take a short cut back to the PW. The somewhat overgrown narrow walled path dropped down to cross Colden Water over a "clapper" bridge.

Clapper bridge
A steep climb brought us to the amazing May's Shop at Highgate Farm where bought a few essential foody bits and bobs. The Way then went over a clear moorland path to Gorple Lower Reservoir, past two other reservoirs and then past the ruin of Top Withins where had a lunch break. Being Sunday, there were a fair number of folk walking up from Haworth.

There was a steep climb up from Ponden Reservoir to more moorland. The path across Ickornshaw Moor was stone slabbed - what a change from my last visit in 1975 when the weather was foul and my companion and I floundered across - it was plain awful.

Ickornshaw Moor

We are camped at Squirrel Wood Camping - in a large garden, excellent facilities and the company of the larger than life owner, Ady.

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