Walk Stages & Details

Marsden to Mytholmroyd
Walk 1: Marsden to Mytholmroyd Starts: SE047115 30.25Km/18.08mi
Map: OL21 South Pennines

This leg starts in Marsden the birthplace of Simon Armitage.
It begins with a steep climb up to the Snow stone on Pule Hill and follows the trail over White Hill and Blackstone Edge, to visit the Rain Stone at Cow’s Mouth Quarry near to Light Hazzles Reservoir.
The walk crosses Withens Moor before dropping into Cragg Vale. Finally the Elphin Brook is followed down Cragg Vale into Mytholmroyd the birthplace of Ted Hughes.

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Mytholmroyd to Haworth
Walk 2: Mytholmroyd to Haworth 10.8mi/17.38Km
Map:OL21 South Pennines

This leg begins in Mytholmroyd in the Calder Valley and climbs steeply up onto Crow Hill by way of Churn Milk Joan the subject of Ted Hughes’ poem. After visiting the trig point on High Brown Knoll we arrive at the Mist Stone on Oxenhope Moor. Dropping down into Oxenhope, home of “The Railway Children” the route takes us to Haworth which was the home for many years of the Brontes.

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Haworth to Ilkley
Walk 3: Haworth to Ilkley 20.6mi/32.44Km
Map: OL21 South Pennines

From the village of Haworth we descend into the Worth Valley before crossing another ridge and dropping into Newsholme Dean with its delightful clapper bridge. Climbing up from Newsholme Dean we cross Steeton Moor before descending into the busy Aire Valley. After crossing the River Aire we ascend the wooded hillside to enter Rivock Plantation and the fourth Stanza stone on our walk, the Dew Stone. From the Dew Stones we reach the trig point high on Ilkley Moor and turn abruptly south East. Soon we reach the Puddle stones and shortly after we visit the Twelve Apostles stone circle. We make our descent into the town of Ilkley down Backstone Beck passing the Beck Stone on the way.

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