Walk – Jumble Hole Clough

I’d arranged to go for a walk with Lisa today. She suggested Hardcastle Crags again but I didn’t fancy that – the walks there are lovely but we go there a lot and I wanted a change. Also, it was a sunny bank holiday weekend – the Crags would be heaving and the queues at the Gibson Mill cafe lengthy. I suggested Jumble Hole Clough because we haven’t done that for ages and it’s a lovely walk. She didn’t take much persuading…

We started out along the Rochdale canal towpath as far as Callis Bridge. Normally we head up the hill into Callis Wood for the various walks we do on that hillside. Today we crossed the A646 at the Pennine Bridleway/Mary Towneley Loop (MTL) ‘Pegasus crossing’ (traffic lights which can be controlled by horse-riders, cyclists and walkers).

Within a couple of hundred yards, the noise of traffic on the busy main road abated as we followed the dirt road up through the woods.

Jumble Hole Clough woods

Jumble Hole Clough woods

As we ascended, the dirt road narrowed to a fairly steep rocky bridleway and my thoughts turned to mountain biking and how much I miss it. My MTB is off the off-road ( 😉 ) awaiting funds to pay for new parts (virtually the whole ‘transmission’ is shot).

I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to technical MTB stuff – I start thinking about crashing and use the brakes too much, then of course I crash! I’d endo’d descending that bridleway once and walked it every time after that. ‘Trio’ (a local woman I met off the CycleChat forum) rode the MTL yesterday. I think she did the loop clockwise, so she’d have descended there and I bet she didn’t walk it! (Trio…?)

We didn’t follow the bridleway all the way up because there are some nice footpaths that go off to the left round the edge of the hillside. We opted for a fairly short diversion rather some of the longer paths that bring us out beyond Blackshaw Head.

I took a few photographs to give you a feel for what it is like up there.

Lonely cottage in Jumble Hole Clough

Lonely cottage in Jumble Hole Clough

Another lonely cottage in Jumble Hole Clough

Another lonely cottage in Jumble Hole Clough

We turned to look back down the Clough*** and over to the hillside on the opposite side of the Calder Valley. Stoodley Pike was high up there on the ridge. I took a picture of it. The sun was shining into the lens so there was some glare, but it’s a nice view and I thought I’d include the picture anyway.

Stoodley Pike from Jumble Hole Clough

Stoodley Pike from Jumble Hole Clough

We crossed a couple of fields and rejoined the MTL bridleway where we now had a choice of paths to follow. We could have gone down an alternative bridleway to Turret Hall, but we both preferred to stay up high in the sunshine a bit longer. We could have gone up to Badger Lane on the fringes of Blackshaw Head and headed for Colden Clough but we’ve done that recently. We opted for heading back towards Hebden Bridge ‘on the tops’ before descending the bridleway which comes out at the foot of ‘Mytholm Steeps’

It’s a 10 minute walk back into Hebden Bridge from there and then it was time for toasted teacakes and coffee at ‘Innovation’!

Another nice walk in the sunshine. The countryside round here is looking glorious now – very lush.

*** A ‘clough’ is a narrow valley. The word rhymes with ‘rough’.

Only one slight downer… I am in the early stages of hip arthritis and my right hip is aching now. Yesterday’s steep climbs on my Cannondale bike started this off, and the walk has aggravated it. I must protect my hips because there is a history of arthritis in my family and I’ve obviously inherited the problem. My father couldn’t walk without the aid of walking sticks for the last 25 years of his life and I want to try and avoid that, if at all possible. Getting my weight down is the biggest single thing that I can do to help myself.

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