Walk – Colden Clough, Heptonstall

It feels like we have been waiting for weeks to have a nice sunny day here and we finally got one today! I was about to call Lisa but she beat me to it and invited me out for another hilly walk.

We set off along the canal towpath in the Todmorden direction, and then left it and crossed the A646 and headed up Church Lane, intending to do our reverse Jumble Hole Clough walk again. By the time we got onto the bridleway we had changed our minds – instead of turning left up the footpath to Rawtonstall Bank, we stayed on the bridleway to where it emerges from the woods. We dropped down into the top of the valley, crossed the little stone bridge and then ascended to the fields above the woods on the opposite side of the valley.

Footpath above Foster Wood
Footpath above Foster Wood

The sun was really shining brightly by then and it lifted our spirits to be out in it after 3 weeks of wet, windy, gloomy weather.

Sun shining through Foster Wood
Sun shining through Foster Wood

Looking back towards Foster Wood
Looking back towards Foster Wood

We often drop back down into the woods further on, to walk over to Hell Hole Rocks (for an example, see this walk) but today we wanted to stay up in the sunshine as long as possible so we continued across the fields, emerging just above the cobbled road down into Heptonstall.

We walked down through the village, and followed the road down to the top of The Buttress which we then descended into the centre of Hebden Bridge.

We made a quick visit to the shops, then we adjourned to Lisa’s house for coffee and pieces of her home-made broccoli quiche – yum!

If I could have even one sunny day like that a week through the autumn and winter, I’d find it a lot easier to bear this time of year. As that can’t be relied on in northern England, if I had the money I’d take my bike to southern Spain or even the Canary Islands for at least one week a month from November to April. When I used to do training camps in Spain in March, I met retired cyclists who go out to the Costa Blanca in early January and stay there until the end of March – that’s the life!

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