A printable copy of our Walks’ Programme for January to May 2015 can be downloaded from the Ribble Valley Rail website by clicking here:
Saturday, April 4th – The Worth Valley
Our Easter walks take us over into the wonderful walking country of the Worth Valley with its Bronte associations and famous steam railway
C Walk 14 miles strenuous
Alight Hebden Bridge & return Nelson
Hebden Bridge Sta, Bus to Haworth (fare extra), Penistone Hill, Stanbury Height, Far Intake, Bronte Bridge, Hill End, Buckley Farm, Ponden Reservoir, Old Snap, Bronte Way, Watersheddles Reservoir, Cross Bent, Pendle Way, Saucer Hill Clough,Will Moor, Caldwell Activity Centre, Catlow Bottoms, Catlow, Thaw House, Nelson
Your leader: Chris Thornley
E Walk 7 miles moderately easy
Alight & return Hebden Bridge
Hebden Bridge Station, Bus to Cock Hill (fare extra), Halfpenny Hole Clough, White Hole, Lane Head, Top of Stairs, Bond Clough Hill, Tom Stell’s seat, Millennium Way, Top of Stones, Lower Isle, Oxenhope, Worth Way to Haworth Station, Bus to Hebden Bridge (fare extra)
Your leader: Craig Ward
OS Map: Explorer Ol21 South Pennines
Travel Details: The train to hebden Bridge leaves Blackpool North at 08.11 calling at preston 08.37, Blackburn 08.55, Accrington 09.03 and Burnley Manchester Rd. at 09.12. Connections from Bamber Bridge at 08.13 (change at Blackburn) and Clitheroe at 08.26 (change at Blackburn).For times at intermediate stations please refer to the relevant Northern timetable or National Rail website.
Change to travel from Manchester Victoria because of engineering work. A bus will depart Victoria at 08.35 arriving Rochdale at 09.15 and a connecting train leaves for Hebden Bridge at 09.24 arriving there at 09.48
Booking Arrangements: Those joining the C walk from Blackpool and stations to Accrington should book a Day Return to Hebden Bridge and use the return portion from Nelson. Those joining the E Walk should book a Day return to Hebden Bridge.
Saturday, April 25th Heptonstall
Past Landscapes No 84 Heptonstall and Hebden Dale
Howard Hammersley was to lead this walk in the series he called Past Landscapes. This title reflected Howard’s passionate lifetime interest in the historical geography of the British landscape. It is perhaps fitting that to-day’s destination is to an area so rich in historical landscape detail. Stuart Leese has kindly offered to step into Howard’s shoes to lead us through this very special area.
Alight & return Hebden Bridge 5 miles moderately easy
Hebden Bridge – Gibson Mill – Heptonstall – Hebden Bridge
Heptonstall is one of the ‘wonders’ of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Pennines. Situated at the end of the long isolated moorland spur of Heptonstall Slack, between Burnley and Calderdale, on an absolutely spectacular site at 100o feet overlooking the Calder, lies this ancient town. The foundation date is not known but the ‘Old Church’ , now a ruin, is thought to have been established as a chapel of Halifax some time between 1210 and 1215. Its list of ministers is complete from 1250 to the present day.
Within Heptonstall the whole structure of the ancient town may be seen. The early settlement with its domestic woollen indusrty and including original Wool Market Hall, many houses where the wool was woven, shops which served the inhabitants of the town and, most markedly, and from a slightly later period, the very first Wesleyan Chapel in Britain.
Heptonstall is a truly remarkable relic of a bygone age and where all the causeys eventually lead to the town centre. Foremost among these is the Long Causeway known for 900 years as ‘The Highway’ and marked with wayside crosses.
Travel details: The train to Hebden Bridge departs Blackpool North at 08.11 calling at Preston at 08.37, Blackburn )8.55, Accrington 09.03 and Burnley M/c Rd at 09.12. Connection from Bamber Bridge at 08.13(change at Blackburn), & Clitheroe 08.26 (change at Blackburn). From Manchester Victoria catch the 09.16 Leeds’ train. For times at other intermediate stations consult the National Rail website.The walks will start after the arrival of both trains. NB The party will catch a bus up the steep hill to Heptonstall and walk back down. Return from Hebden Bridge to Burnley, Blackburn etc. at 53 min past each hour. Trains to M/c Vic. at 07, 18 & 42 min past each hour.
Booking Information: Book a Day Return to Hebden Bridge
FUTURE DESTINATIONS IN 2015
May 9th Glossop
June 13th Todmorden – Christening The Curve
July 11th Millom
August 15th Middlewood & Disley
September 26th Windermere
October 10th Stockport Stroll with Stuart Leese
October 24th Arnside
November 7th Edale
November 21st Greenfield
December 5th Altrincham & The Bollin Valley
December 19th Oxenholme