We had a good turnout in August and the weather stayed dry most of the time with some scattered showers.
The Long walk of about miles set off and returned to the railway station at Hebden Bridge
Leaving the railway station we crossed over the Rochdale Canal, following the canal west until we reached Hebble End, then there was a steep climb until we reached the Pennine Bridleway, which we followed until Mankinholes and then headed for Lumbutts, passing the Corn Mill which was powered by water.
From Lambutts there was another steep climb along the Calderdale Way, joining the Pennine Way heading for the Stoodley Pike Monument. From here we start our descent back to Hebden Bridge, along Dick’s Lane, crossing over Bell House Moor, Erringden Moor, for Moorside Barn and Wood Top, then along the minor lane to the finish.
The medium and steady walk both started in Sowerby Bridge and followed the Rochdale Canal for about 5 miles into Hebden Bridge. The steady walkers then stayed in Hebden Bridge which is a lovely town with nice little shops, cafés and a Sunday market. The medium walkers walked an extra loop of about 2 miles that took us up on a hill where we could enjoy magnificent views of Hebden Bridge and the valley. It was definitely worth the effort. Afterwards, the medium walkers too had time to explore and enjoy Hebden Bridge.