Top Withens to Ickornshaw

Top Withens

Top Withens

31 August 2013 – 16.3 miles

We drove over the moors and parked on the roadside just past Stanbury and Ponden Reservoir, next to a car belonging to a man from North Wales who was planning a similar walk to us.

Ponden Reservoir

Ponden Reservoir

We walked around Ponden Reservoir (where we could have parked on the unmade road!) and over the moors towards Top Withens, passing a couple of rather nice modernised farmhouses. Lots of the signs had a Japanese version as well – they must be keen on the Brontes. We couldn’t work out what the green discs were though.

Japanese signpost

Japanese signpost

We returned to the car and headed to the path north of the road, meeting the man from North Wales on his way back. This was another fairly straightforward path over Oakworth Moor and Ickornshaw Moor, flagged in many places, although eroded in others and with a few 90 degree turns to watch out for.

Heading down towards Ickornshaw and Cowling we were puzzled by the number of wooden huts, all boarded up, but all in good repair with chimneys on many of them. I’ve since looked it up on the Internet and found they are shooting huts, belonging to the villagers, who can stay there overnight ready for an early start on the higher parts of the moor.

Shooting hut

Shooting hut

There was a very slight diversion to the path where somebody had fenced off part of the fields for a smallholding with pig sties and vegetable garden.

Pigs

Pigs

Cowling church

Cowling church

Once we reached the main road at Ickornshaw and Cowling, we turned round and returned by the same route, then drove a short way for a very nice pub dinner just before Stanbury (The Old Silent Inn I think).Top Withens to Cowling

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