|Self in Ripponden|
Calderdale Way #2: Ripponden to Todmorden. 10.5 miles
A 9.25am start and depart Ripponden up Royds Lane, before turning into the fields, which are wet with dew and soft underfoot and in to time the town is behind us and the cool air is stinging my lungs, I didn't think that the shift into Autumn would be this swift. The first ascent of the day starts and meet a paved path, and it seems that these are a common feature around Calderdale, laid out in fields as Packhorse trails way back when. A slightly more modern feature intrudes at Birks farm as piles of rubble indicate renovations going on, and the path ascends a tree lined lane to traverse a field full of cattle, who wander up the rise of the field looking ready to stampede at the slightest provocation. Survive them, and the carved up earth, to join Cow Lane to ascend up to Soyland, a neat little settlement of blackened stone houses and the extensive site of Making Place, an 18th century textile development which is now a residential conversion. Cross the field beyond to join High Field Lane and enjoy a last look back into the valley of the Ryburn, before we hit the descent down into Mill Bank, and the path is still in deep shadow so the frost and dew in the long grass saturate my trousers in seconds. It's also a bit slippery, and having a stone wall just beyond my reach on one side and a barbed wire fence on the other leaves me with nothing to grab for in emergency and I start to wish that I had a walking pole for extra support.
|The Starfish Bunker|
|Cragg Vale and Withens Clough|
|Withens Clough Reservoir|
|Stoodley Pike from Withens Gate|
To Be Continued...
1,000 Miles Cumulative Total: 374.1 miles