Walk – Haworth Old Road, Shackleton Knoll

Lisa and I decided to go for a walk today but fancied something a bit different so we caught the Keighley bus from Hebden Bridge and got out on the descent to Oxenhope, just above the Wagon and Horses pub.

From there we walked alongside ‘The Conduit’ to Stairs Lane, a bridleway which took us back up over the hill to eventually join up with the Haworth Old Road.

Leeshaw Reservoir and Penistone Hill from The Conduit
Leeshaw Reservoir and Penistone Hill from The Conduit

The light kept changing. One minute it was nice and bright, the next a big dark cloud would blow over and it would turn gloomy again. Still, it was pretty mild for mid-October.

Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike from Stairs Lane
Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike from Stairs Lane

We headed down the Old Road to where the bridleway starts climbing away from it up the hillside to the right.

Shackleton Knoll from Haworth Old Road
Shackleton Knoll from Haworth Old Road

Paddock Beck
Paddock Beck

We had just started walking up the bridleway when I spotted some guys on full-suspension MTBs absolutely flying down the hill towards us. We thought it best to give ’em a clear run at it… 😉

Shackleton Moor from Calder Aire Link bridleway
Shackleton Moor from Calder Aire Link bridleway

This bridleway forms part of the new(-ish) Calder Aire Link. It joins up with the Mary Townley Loop on the Widdop Road, and heads off over the hills round the back of Keighley the other way, though to be honest, I haven’t actually checked out exactly where yet.

We had planned to stay on this bridleway all the way down to the car park at Hardcastle Crags but we were both beginning to realise that we’d be getting home with 2 or 3 hours of daylight to spare. It seemed a shame to waste the opportunity for a longer walk when it will soon be getting dark early and getting colder. I suggested to Lisa that we follow the Calder Aire Link bridleway up round Shackleton Knoll and over to Walshaw. It came as big surprise to me that she hadn’t been up there before and she was pretty excited to be told about it. There are some great views from up there. I always used to like riding round there on my MTB, though I haven’t done it for a few years.

Hebden Bridge from Shackleton Knoll
Hebden Bridge from Shackleton Knoll

The bridleway descends across some fields and comes out on the bridleway that I usually ride from Shackleton to Walshaw.

Stoodley Pike from Walshaw
Stoodley Pike from Walshaw

I was going to lead us back along to Shackleton to rejoin our original route lower down the hillside, but Lisa wanted to go for a coffee at the cafe in Gibson Mill so we headed down the track into the Crags.

Walshaw to Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags
Walshaw to Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags

After our coffee/cake stop, we crossed the river on the stepping stones downstream and went home via the Scout Hostel in the woods.

It had been a longish walk (7.5 miles or 12 km) , but it felt easier than some of the shorter ones we do because we used the bus to achieve most of our altitude gain at the start of the walk. A significant part of it was either downhill or over fairly level terrain.

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2 Responses to “Walk – Haworth Old Road, Shackleton Knoll”

  1. lovely reminders of my younger days

  2. It’s a grand place to live!

    I first visited the area in my mid-20s and liked it so much that I eventually moved here in 1986. I was lucky that it was before the ridiculous rise in house prices that made this an expensive place to buy property.

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