15th May 2018
Weather: Sunshine and blue sky. Comfortably warm
A busy commuter Tram into Victoria, then train to Marsden, set of walking 9.30. A sunlit panorama over Marsden I felt a thrill to be back on the hills.
Cirrus cloud and vapour trails in a slightly milky blue sky on the big open moorland. All mostly dry underfoot. A skylark close by, and curlews later. Pale blue butterflies by a reservoir. The roar of the M62 reminded me of a madder, busier world. Walking from South to North, walking across West-East valleys, so an up & down day.
The lambs were younger here (high moorland prone to April snow) and there was a second flowering of dandelions alongside their gone-to-seed predecessors.
Another panorama from Great Manshead hill: East towards Rippondon and distant Halifax; West to a horizon accumulating clouds, with the Stoodley Pike ridge prominent. From Cragg Vale I had to resist the temptation to walk to that magnificent ridge & a photo opportunity of Stoodley Pike and was rewarded by the green views from Bell House and Errington moors. Listening to Jimmy Hendrix, (“all along the watchtower”, very appropriate) Pink Floyd, Genesis. A balcony walk above the valley before a steep descent into Hebden Bridge.
Both feet twingeing a bit today. Taking it carefully.
Panorama back to Marsden
Above the Madness62
Skies above Booth Moor
Painted on the breezeblock wall: “Footpath” and an arrow
A pylon moot
Great Manshead Hill approach
From the summit looking NorthWest
This bit of farmland had discarded tractors, farm equipment, trailers, mounds of plastic and even a discarded farm building (which looked the prettiest by far)
Cragg Vale: a beautiful green valley
The worst stile ever:
Looking back at Cragg Vale
Broadhead Clough from Erringdon Moor