Cragg Vale

Saturday 30th June 2018

THE WALK

Good 'B' walk with good views. One steady climb over fields  and moorland. One steep climb using steps and three short steepish climbs. Variety of lane walking, fleld and moorland tracks, woodland tracks, riverside paths etc. Some paths have steep drops on one side. We use part of the Mytholmroyd Heritage Trail, visiting a sulphur spring and spa and various remains of old mills and mill streams.Chance to see deer skylark etc and perhaps hear a cuckoo. Good views on clear day down valley over Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. Will be muddy after heavy rain. If bad weather there is a short cut reducing walk to 8.25 miles. Maximum walking time, including stops 5.5-6 hours.

DIRECTIONS

Distance from Eccles: 27 miles  Travel time: 55 minutes

 Suggested route: Take M602 from Eccles, joining M60for Leeds then M62. Leave M62 at junction 21 signed for Milnrow and follow signs for A640 Milnrow. At final roundabout turn left marked A640, Milnrow and Hollingworth Lake. At next set of lights turn right and then left at mini roundabout. Go up the hill and then bear left at pub and along this road to a mini roundabout where you turn right. Follow the road passing lake down to a 'T' junction at railway arches where you turn right signed A58 Halifax. Keep on up to the White House pub then after 400 yards turn left on the B6138 signed for Mytholmroyd. Keep on this road for approximately 4 miles until 600 yards after the 'Welcome to Cragg Vale' sign turn sharp left. The turning id a very sharp one. There is an additional brown sign for the 'Hinchcliffe Arms' about 50 yards before the turn and a white sign for St Johns church on the corner. Keep on road to reach Church and turn left to reach Hinchcliffe Arms pub on the right. Pass the pub and keep on road as it bears right ignoring two tracks/roads on left. On reaching Rudd Lane turn left and keep on this rough track/road passing Rudd Clough Farm up to car park on left. Parking is at the Yorkshire Water car park at Withens Clough Reservoir.

INFORMATION

'B' walk   9.5  miles

Leader: Bob                    Back Marker: Nigel

Parking free at Withens Clough Reservoir car park

Toilets: No

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