Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.
This walk features a start, a finish and no fewer than three drop out points. It is, variously, an 8, 12, 18 or 19 and a bit mile walk.
We climb out of Hebden Bridge and towards Luddenden Dene, a small valley marked by its beauty and over reliance on the letter 'd'. The drop down through that valley brings us, after 325m of ascent and 6 miles of walking to the first opportunity to drop out, with a light stroll of just over 2 miles bringing even the most navigationally challenged walker to Sowerby Bridge the very nice licensed Jubilee refreshment rooms on the station and two trains an hour back to Manchester.
Then we climb towards Crow Hill, drop sharply down into Cragg Vale, climb up to Bell House Moor on the opposite hill and then drop down the hill again walking straight past Hebden Bridge station which for those choosing to leave offers 3 trains an hour to Manchester. At this point, we'll have done about 13 miles of walking and 800m of ascent.
Then up Heptonstall Buttress, a fun walk up a steep cobbled road and skirt Hell Hole rocks before dropping down to Lumb Bank. Up again, through the woods, to the Rawtonstall area overlooking the Calder Valley, a wander along the hill edge, and a drop down again (a final drop out at this point with a stroll along the canal for those who can't face any more climbing will save 250m of climbing and a mile or so of walking), a brief rendezvouz with the Pennine Bridleway as we climb the opposing valley side and look up to Erringden Moor before the final drop down to Hebden brings us to the final drop out point: the end.
NB1: Walk leader joining at walk start
NB2: Much of this walk is easy underfoot. But the remainder of it, when our footpath shares itself with a stream, or we’re scrambling through woods without regular sight of the path, means that slippers, shiny shoes or anything but boots would be a foolhardy option.
Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport
We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.
08:40: Meet at Manchester Victoria for the train at 08:48. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.
Ticket options are as complicated as you want to make them, but a Manchester - Hebden Bridge day return is £09.80 and a decision to drop out at Sowerby Bridge will add an epic 10p to your outlay.
If travelling from further afield, a wayfarer (£12) with a Rochdale-Hebden return (£5.60) may be cheaper. Both the stations have car parks should that be your preferred transport
08:48: Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.
09:20: Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.
Return from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for the 18.08, but trains at xx08, xx18 and xx42
Waypoints: Waymarks: Luddenden Dene, Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge, Lumb Bank, Charlestown