Active March: Day Two
Leeds Country Way #1: Bruntcliffe Crossroads to Bradford Road. 7.8 miles
|Self at Bruntcliffe Crossroads|
So onward from home to Bruntcliffe Crossroads, the crossing of the A643 and A650 for my 9.50am start, looking toward a relatively short day's exercise, and at this road junction is an obvious stone obelisk which I thought was a Millennium monument of some sort, but turns out to be just a marker on behalf of Morley in Bloom. We'll be walking clockwise, so off along the A650 we go, passing such sites as the M621, Gildersome Spur Business Park, and the remnant of the Great Northern line to Morley hiding in the landscape at Junction 27, by the A62. Wandering down Street Lane, Gildersome, you do start to wonder where the 'country' might be, having started on the longest stretch of road walking on the entire trail. Woodhead Lane finally leads us off metalled paths and once the trees part, you get the first vista of countryside open up before you, cue feelings of joy, even if the country view is relatively modest. Trot off down Andrew Hill to Andrew Beck, and then get hit by that problem of tracing a path in open country when then the route isn't obvious, honestly it's a bit early in the trail for getting lost, and once you find the fence which leads to Nethertown, onward past an impressive duckpond to cross the A58. One hour in, and the Valley Inn provides a good spot for a break, well, it would if it were open.
|Valley Inn, Cockersdale|
|South Park Mill, Pudsey|
|The GNR Pudsey Branch|
To be continued...
1,000 miles cumulative total: 22.4 miles