Walk – Mytholmroyd, Old Chamber

I needed to pick up some tickets from Hebden Bridge railway station this evening and the sun was shining so I decided to go for a stroll with my camera afterwards. Lisa wasn’t free, so it was one of my rare solo walks. I don’t know why I don’t do more of them, because I always enjoy myself once I’ve made the effort.

On the way out, I walked across the old bridge over Hebden water. 2010 is the 500th anniversary of the construction of the bridge, from which the town gets its name. Most of the town only dates back to the late 1800s, but there was a packhorse trail passing through here way back in the 1500s. Those trails mainly stuck to the hilltops because many of the valleys hadn’t been cleared and drained at that time. Still, it was necessary to cross the river somewhere, and the old bridge is that crossing.

Hebden Old Bridge sign
Hebden Old Bridge sign

Hebden Old Bridge
Hebden Old Bridge

I walked through Calder Holmes park on the way to the station, picked up my tickets, and then walked along the Calder Valley Cycleway to Mytholmroyd. From Caldene Avenue, I turned right, up under the railway bridge then right again past Nest Estate and along the bridleway rising slowly to the cottages above Crow Nest Wood, at the foot of Spencer Lane, the steep, narrow, cobbled road up to the hamlet of Old Chamber, above Hebden Bridge.

In a gratuitously commercially motivated moment, I stopped to take a picture of my foot on the cobbles so I could post a link to where you can buy men’s hiking shoes (sorry folks, I do need to earn a living!).

Old cobbled lane, new(ish) men's hiking shoe
Old cobbled lane, new(ish) men’s hiking shoe

Up or down? My lazy side was saying ‘down’ and my energetic side was saying ‘up’. Heck, I haven’t been out much recently because of poor weather and listening to my lazy side – ‘up’ it was…

Spencer Lane, Hebden Bridge
Spencer Lane, Hebden Bridge

I stopped halfway up to let a car go past and took a picture of Mytholmroyd, looking back whence I came.

Mytholmroyd from Spencer Lane
Mytholmroyd from Spencer Lane

As soon as I switched the camera off, dark clouds started to build up. No time to hang about if I was to avoid getting caught out by rain again so I went into power-walking mode and got stuck in to the remaining part of the walk. Up to Old Chamber then down the bridleway above Crow Nest Wood to Weasal Hall, then Horsehold Road down to the Rochdale canal. I nipped along the towpath back in to the centre of town and hurried home before the rain started.

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