A last-minute change of plan on the last Sunday of August entailed a rush to catch the bus up to Blackshaw Head for one of our regular walks into Jumble Hole Clough. The driver failed to stop at the usual place and we alighted at the corner of The Long Causeway and walked back onto Badger Lane. Taking our usual route down to the clough via the path signed ‘Calderdale Way’, we paused at Apple Tree Farmi to watch the alpacas frolicking with a friendly dog and gaze at attractive clouds scudding above Stoodley Pike.
We crossed the bridge and walked down to Staups Mill where we lingered awhile. Climbing the stony path up, we veered down to the left, following a sign.
This led us through a mini forest, past small disused quarries and picturesque boulders creating a gateway to a junction we recognised. Turning left again we arrived at the clapper bridge. Hungry by this point, we stopped here for a small picnic then continued climbing up to the ruined hovels.
Another sign pointed up steps atop the ruins. Curious, we took a detour to find attractive stiles and trees. Emerging in a field, I wondered if we’d stayed ‘up top’ we could have reached this point from the first field we entered.
We came back down to continue homeward. At the mini moor, we needed another rest to recover from our climb. I clambered the rock festooned with heather, reflecting that it had become much more overgrown since our early visits. We continued down to Mount Olive chapel and onto the Pennine Bridleway. On the descent, we spotted quite a few ripe blackberries t pick. As the bridleway became cobbled, we said hello to a man working on his porch and paused again on the nearby broken bench. Continuing down, we turned left onto a smaller path and followed it to ‘Wood view bridge’. We crossed the road and onto the canal for a quick return home.
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