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2nd February 2020

Coach Trip to Marsden West Yorkshire

B Walk.  Chris Thornley 9 Miles Moderate

Starting from Marsden, we follow the Kirklees Way over Slaithwaite Moor to Cupwith Reservoir. Continue to Deanhead Reservoir and the western bank of Scammonden Water. We then cross the embankment, which carries the M62, to the eastern side of Scammonden Water. We then continue along the shore to the sailing club, and take a path up Redgate Lane to the A640. We then follow the road a short way and pick up a path along Burnt Plats Lane. We continue to Intake Road and Ainley Place, then drop down Heys Lane into the small town of Slaithwaite. We will then pick up the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and follow it back into Marsden. Quite a lot of the walk is on decent surfaces to try to avoid the mud as much as possible, but inevitably, there are some muddy sections.

C Walk.     Leader Frank Mason             7 miles           Moderate              

We start the walk in Marsden passing the industrial society buildings and through Bank Bottom Mill buildings to Butterley Reservoir Dam then up the steps on to the Kirklees Way. From here we go south to the top of Blakeley Reservoir turning right on to the Pennine Way over Marsden Moor for about 2 miles then we go by Redbrook Reservoir along to the Standedge Trail. We cross Mount Road towards Hades Farm taking field paths back to Marsden.  Good views, two moderate climbs and muddy in places.

D Walk.     Leader Carol Higgins               5.5 miles                     Moderate

A short walk along the canal towpath brings us to the Standedge Visitor Centre from where we cross rough pastureland as we head up to Lower Green Owlers and on to Hatter Lee.  Here we set out across the moors, following a footpath along the edge of Haigh Clough until we reach March Haigh Reservoir.  Turning south we continue across the moors until we reach the old packhorse route which we take to lead us down to the picturesque Eastgate Bridge. From here we pick up the Standedge Trail which leads us back to the canal.  With good far reaching views towards Marsden and across the valley the route follows quiet country lanes, tracks and well walked moorland paths which are muddy in a couple of spots. There is one stile.  Although the walk is short it takes into account that on the outward walk to the reservoir there are a couple of short uphill sections which we can take our time to do.

 

 

Pickup Times

Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points

Blackburn Coach

08:00     Clitheroe : York Street

08:05     Whalley : King Street

08:10     Harwood : Nightingales Garage

08:20     Clayton : Hare and Hounds

08:25     Accrington : Victoria Hospital

08:30     Accrington :Whalley Rd, Kwik Fit

08:35     Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre

08:40     Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog

08:50     Blackburn : Penny Street

08:50     Ewood : Empire Theatre

08:55     Darwen : Lynwood Avenue

09:00     Darwen : Boots Duckworth St

Burnley Coach

08:00     Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road

08:02     Colne : Colne Bus Station

08:05     Colne : Library

08:10     Colne : Alkincoates

08:15     Barrowford : Heritage Centre

08:20     Nelson : Bus Station

08:30     Brierfield : Town Hall

08:35     Burnley : Brennard Street

08:40     Burnley : Bus Station

08:40     Burnley : Tim Bobbin

08:45     Padiham : Whitegates

08:50     Padiham : Town Hall

09:00     Clayton : Hare and Hounds

 

 

 

 

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