Public Transport based walk with Stephen Smith.
Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood seemed an entertainingly named parish to briefly visit and involved going further west than most Hebden starting/finishing walks go.
We'll start going up the Buttress, the very steep cobbled track out of Hebden, skirt Heptonstall above the cliffs then head for the Moors and the reservoirs - first the Gorples and then Hurstwood. The journey back involves an attractive hidden valley, some peeks of some turbines and some sheep surprised to see human-kind invading their solitude before a return via the more touristy and populated Craggs (though if we're short of time/wet/tired, there are quicker routes back which we will take).
Disclaimers: There is about a mile of up-hill off-path which is hard work and likely to be soggy unless it doesn't rain a drop for the preceding month. We'll go slowly (yes, really). There is a similar distance of on-path where you sometimes need to play spot-the-path. Other than these little, minor features, and perhaps the climbing at the start to get onto the hills, it's easy enough as a walk. Bail out points don't, however, really exist and means of staying dry should be brought.
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.
£9.60 is the cost of a Manchester to Hebden Day Return. Perhaps, a wayfarer (£12) and a Rochdale to Hebden return (£6) will be cheaper if you're travelling from further afield. Or other exciting combinations.
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. Aimingfor the 18.07 but also trains at xx19 and xx42
Waypoints: Stony Turgate Hill, Heptonstall Moor, Gorple Upper, Hurstwood Reservoir, Shedden Clough, Hoof Stones Height, Popples Common, Hebden Hey