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Yorkshire Walking

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A February 2012 trip to Yorkshire by Slug

Hebden Bridge Photo, Yorkshire, England More Photos
Quote: I've signed up to do two long walks this year so have to get into training and lose weight. Here are some of the walks I've tackled in 2012.

Marsden Standedge Tunnel

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Attraction | "Tripping through the UK's highest and longest Canal Tunnel "

Marsden Standedge Tunnel Photo, Huddersfield, England
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I always have something of a soft spot for Marsden's tunnel end stemming from the afternoon I spent in the sunshine watching the BBC film Last of the Summer Wine there. While the series was as corny as anything, it was still interesting to watch how slowly things proceeded, and to see the three main stars of the series wandering around rehearsing their lines. When it appeared on TV over a year later, our afternoon watching the filming condensed into less than 2 minutes of prime time. The other reason to admire Tunnel End is to think of the sweat and muscle that went into wither building the canal tunnel or hauling boats through it for the subsequent 140 years while the canal was open. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2012

Marsden Standedge Tunnel
Tunnel End
Marsden, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD7 6NQ

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

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Attraction | "Good easy walking along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal"

Huddersfield Narrow Canal Photo, Huddersfield, England
Quote:
One of our first walks of the early spring season designed to get us a little fitter is a canal tow path walk, and the route from Huddersfield to Marsden is both a pleasing varied mix of industrial and rural, and convenient for me to get to. At around 8-9 miles long, it is a good but easy stretch. There are plenty of places for parking all along the route (the canal broadly follows the line of Manchester Road (it is further down the hill to the right) and there are countless ways to join the route. Those wanting a shorter walk should start from the town of Slaithwaite about 5 miles out of Huddersfield; it is 3 miles to Marsden from here and you will see the nicest and most open stret...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 19, 2012

Huddersfield Narrow Canal
Between Stalybridge and Mossley
Huddersfield

Hebden Bridge

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Attraction | "Always something to discover in Hebden Bridge"

Hebden Bridge Photo, Hebden Bridge, England
Quote:
I don't quite know how it happened, but the formerly gritty little mill town of Hebden Bridge has turned progressively gay over the past few decades. Today, it is a place where gay couples (primarily women) happily stroll arm in arm and no one raises an eyebrow. I'm sure it would have been a different story 100 years ago. The town also attracts the odd 1960s dropout; while they are no trouble, you will see quite some sights while wandering the streets; try not to stare.Today that wonderful diversity gives a fantastic place for anyone to visit and enjoy Hebden Bridge. The shops sell exclusive high quality art and jewellery, the supermarkets (even the lowly Nisa chain which usually sells che...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 20, 2012

Hebden Bridge
Yorkshire side of the Pennine Hills
Yorkshire, England

Stoodley Pike Hill and Monument

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Attraction | "Stoodley Pike"

Stoodley Pike Hill and Monument Photo, Yorkshire, England
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Stoodley Pike is one of those places that can be seen for miles around. Stoodley Pike is a 1400 foot high hill to the west of Halifax in Yorkshire, and made more distinctive by the 120 foot high monument at its peak. The war monument was originally built (at least in part) by French Prisoners of War in 1814 to celebrate the defeat of Napoleon. I can only imagine how hard the working conditions would have been up this windswept mountain with nothing but hand tools to construct the monument. There is an inscription on a plaque above the entrance to the tower. Unfortunately, it must have been a bit of a shoddy job, as the tower collapsed after being weakened by a lightning strike ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 20, 2012

Stoodley Pike Hill and Monument
The Moors Above Todmorden
West Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge Photo, Yorkshire, England
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Things were going swimmingly and then the consistent line of stones we were following as our route, rounded from years of use since the days of the 1700's and the packhorse trail, were getting lower and lower in the marshland as we progressed. Eventually we had to admit defeat, abandon the path and forge our own way through the moor. About 100 yards of this and things went going swimmingly indeed as I slid elegantly off a tussock of bog grass and ended up floundering mid thigh through the thin coating of ice and down into the bog. My other leg fortunately ended up not quite so fixed. I shouted to my beloved as getting out was going to be messy and my exposed camera stood just s...Read More