Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.
A walk of three thirds, with more woodland (albeit deciduous and thus not wholly protective against rain at this time of year) than we normally walk through and a fair sprinkling of sharp climbs and drops. Those start with the walk up Heptonstall Buttress and after we've reached the village a drop down to Hardcastle Crags. The next few miles are spent walking up that valley - including on a newly repaired (ie not falling down the hill and requiring advanced gymnastics to process along) path - before a large loop round at the top and we start our return well above the treeline.
A hop down to the valley base and Gibson Mill and then back up again the other side towards the Colden Valley and the sampling of one of the areas other valleys before we reach town.
NB. The only easy drop out points are towards the start and towards the end so limited opportunities for making the walk shorter. Whilst we have a few miles on good solid path, the bulk of the walk isn't, so boots that offer good support are a must. It doesn't look a long walk, but we'll need to take time over the tricky sections and thus need a brisk pace along the easy bits to get us back before its dark.
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.
A Manchester to Hebdern Bridge return is a mere £9.80. If travelling from further afield and planning clever ticket splitting, be aware that the recommended outward train and some of the possible return trains don't stop at all intermediate stations
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 16:17 but there are three trains an hour at xx08, xx17 and xx42
Waypoints: Heptonstall, Midge Hole, Blake Dean, Gibson Mill, Colden Valley