|Walk:||Calderdale Way, Long High Top, Standing Stone Hill, Gorple Lower Reservoir, Pennine Bridleway, Calder Aire Link, Walshaw Dean Lower Reservoir, Pennine Way, High Rakes, Calder Aire Link, Crimsworth Dean, Midgehole|
|Start Point:||Hebden Bridge, roadside||Grid Reference:||SD 997 269|
|Distance:||15 miles||Ascent:||2,200 feet|
|Weather:||Mainly fine with a cool breeze and a spot of rain|
|Comments:||A walk mainly over good paths and open moorland after a steep climb out of Hebden Bridge. Reservoirs, grouse butts and rock formations provide added interest along the way.|
Plaque at the entrance to Calder Holmes Park where the trees . . .
have now matured into a large avenue
leading into the park from Station Road.
A steep stepped climb soon gives us good views into the valley . . .
and craggy rocks loom large . . .
as we continue upwards . . .
and along the path to spot a vantage point . . .
with views across to Stoodley Pike . . .
seen again from further along the path
Keeping an eye on the vegetation . . .
but these two need to be kept behind bars . . .
with those scary faces!
Standing Stones Hill . . .
but where are the Standing Stones?
Keeping an eye on the leader
Gorple Lower Reservoir . . .
looking rather empty
Walshaw Dean Lower Reservoir . . .
and Walshaw Dean Middle Reservoir . . .
where we stop for lunch with Walshaw Dean Upper Reservoir just in view
Robb checks out . . .
a smart grouse butt . . .
setting a trend for the men to try another one . . .
before the group checks out a 'posh' one
We are lucky to spot a heron . . .
which remains still long enough to zoom in for a close shot