Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.
As the clocks contemplate changing, a short(ish) way of getting to Oxenhope and back (Howarth is a shade far for this time of year) from Hebden.
We climb out of the Calder Valley as quickly (and therefore vertically) as possible but once we reach the moorland have a relatively flat if soggy tour of reservoirs and quarries until we drop into Oxenhope.
We depart Oxenhope via a heathery and then steep route, before finding a boggy way to the hilltop, and drop off it again via a series of grouse butts. On the return we encounter Lumb Falls and the Pecket Well war memorial (looks like a mini Stoodley Pike) before the final wooded descent back into the valley.
There is the option of catching the hourly bus back at Oxenhope - or the bus (or steam train) onwards to Howarth for those who wish to play at Tourist for the remainder of the afternoon, though the walk will need to proceed at pace to complete before it begins to get dark.
NB Walk leader meeting at walk start
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 Hebden day return is £9.50 and unless wishing to research exotic alternatives is probably the best option.
08:48: Train departs for the walk start at Hebden Bridge Station.
09:25: Walk starts at Hebden Bridge Station.
Return from Hebden Bridge Station. Aiming for 18.07 but departures at xx18 and xx42
Waypoints: High Brown Knoll, Warley Moor reservoir, Hambleton Top, Leeming reservoir, Oxenhope,Oxenhope Stoop Hill, Lumb Falls, Pecket Well War Memorial