Posts Tagged ‘Pole Moor’

I didn’t pick a very good time to start a ‘Saturday Walk’ blog did I? They don’t seem to happen on Saturdays any more. This week my main walk took place on a Wednesday (30th December)! I’d also walked to town earlier in the week, with John T, Carol and Sharon and that was nice, but it was a very steady walk because of all the ice we had to traverse. We had a few drinks in town and then came back here for a chilli.

Both John (Rousell) and I had had some domestic problems over the last week. The weather had been so cold that we had both experienced pipe blockages and I’d also had a pipe burst in the garage. What’s more, my car had broken down on Christmas Eve, with what turned out to be a broken spring. This awaits the new year to get fixed and as a result John came to Wellhouse, from where be begun our walk.

We set off in thick fog, down the road and up towards Golcar Church, before turning left on Small Lane and across the fields to Bolster Moor. We tracked across Bolster Moor towards Waller Clough Road and then around the top edge of Slaithwaite, along Crimea Lane to Pole Moor. As far as possible, we then kept to the fields as we dropped into Slaithwaite and along the end of the still frozen reservoir. All the way we were accompanied by fog and mist and although we expected to come out of it as we got higher up the hill, it was only down on the reservoir that we actually saw the tops of hills around the lake. The frozen water seemed to be dragging the mist down to it.

Slaithwaite itself seemed to be damp and dour in the mist induced greyness and we carried straight on through and along the canal as far as Linthwaite, where we turned left and up Lowestwood Lane. Lowestwood lane is a fairly bust road, used by locals and those wanting a short cut to the M62. It starts quite steep as it approached the railway arch and then gets a bit steeper until the bend halfway up the road. Then it gets steeper still – until the top! Hard work.

It was nice to get out today and nicer still to get some exercise and have a proper chat.


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Saturday Walks

I really should have started doing this much much earlier.

I’ve been out walking on a Saturday for many many years. At first it used to be that I was out for most of the day but for the last five or so years, it’s been limited to Saturday mornings. My walking companion is usually John Rousell, and for all of those many years (possibly 15 or 16) we have walked and talked most of the greater Huddersfield/Kirklees area and often further abroad too. In 1999 we also cycled from Barmouth in Wales to Great Yarmouth in Norfolk – just because we could and because it is just about the widest part of the country to do a coast to coast cycle ride! See: http://www.village-e-learning.co.uk/cycleride/cycleride.htm

However, for this first dedicated post my walking partner was Tony Tighe from Calderdale Training. Tony and I have known each other for over 20 years have have become great friends. We’d planned to go to Reeth, in Swaledale with Sharon and Tony’s wife Gill this weekend John hadn’t expected to be out walking with me this week. However, we were thwarted by the awful weather. The keys to the cottage we’d booked in Reeth have still not arrived (we’ve had no post for the best part of a week), but we postponed anyway because the weather in North Yorkshire seemed to be atrocious.

Nevertheless, we’d made some preparations and decided that we’d still have the planned meal at our house, exactly as we’d planned to have in Reeth. So, we had a Baked Camembert with crudités and locally baked bread (Gill brought a loaf she’d baked too); Beef Bourguignonne – a favourite; Sharon’s take on Bertei’s Bomb (ice cream, home made toffee, meringue and whisky – she usually uses Baileys but I got a good draft of Glenmorangie in there this time). We had a great evening.

Then on Saturday, Tony and I took a walk around Bolster Moor and on towards Pole Moor. There is still a lot of snow about following a week where the weather has been worse than at any time before my birthday (next week) than I can remember since being a child. We walked through drifts and along snow covered back-roads and had a thoroughly enjoyable few hours. The sun was bright, the views were superb and we were both wrapped up warm.

What a cracking morning’s walk.

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