Walk – Rawtonstall Bank, Jumble Hole Clough

I’d agreed to go for another walk with Lisa today. The weather wasn’t great, but at least it looked as though we might manage to get round without getting soaked.

We decided to walk our Jumble Hole Clough route, but in the opposite direction to the way we normally go…

Though bypassing the pedestrianised centre of Hebden Bridge, we could see that something unusual was going on there; large crowds had gathered. We could investigate later on the way round to the cafe after the walk so we continued on our way.

We set off along the towpath of the Rochdale canal towards Todmorden, but turned off before reaching the Stubbing Wharf, crossed the A646 and headed up through Mytholm. When we do the walk the other way, we normally descend on the road from Rawtonstall Bank (‘Mytholm Steeps’) but the last time we did that I noticed a footpath down through the woods. I’d had a look at my maps when I got home and discovered that it was an interesting little shortcut down to the Colden Clough bridleway. On the walk, we headed up the bridleway, and turned up that footpath. It turned out to be a much more pleasant way of getting up or down the hillside than using the road so I’m sure that we’ll use that route again in future.

Fallen leaves, autumn wood
Fallen leaves, autumn wood

Soon we got to the road, crossed over and headed up towards the Pennine Bridleway (Mary Towneley Loop).

We left the bridleway after making a fuss of a couple of friendly donkeys in an adjacent field.

Two friendly donkeys
Two friendly donkeys

After descending on a footpath through the upper part of the woods, we rejoined the bridleway and followed that down through Jumble Hole Clough and continued to the Pegasus crossing at Callis Bridge.

We finished our walk with a brisk walk back along the canal towpath and headed for the cafe at Innovation in Hebden Bridge. We made it with about 20 minutes to spare before closing time.

PS Those crowds were still very much in evidence! We asked a bystander what was going on. Apparently TV celebrity chef Jamie Oliver was being filmed for a Sainsbury’s Christmas ad.

Crowd watching Jamie Oliver
Crowd watching Jamie Oliver

The film crew had sprayed fake snow around and put up a lot of Christmas decorations.There was an air of excitement among the gathered throng. Teenage girls in the front of the crowd were calling out “Jamie, Jamie – Jamieeeeeeeeeeeee!!!” and filming him with their phone cameras. A film crew member picked up a loudhailer and announced “30 seconds, everybody – we are filming in 30 seconds, Silence please!” A hush fell on the crowd as Jamie turned to remove his coat, and then…

Jamie Oliver, Hebden Bridge
Jamie Oliver, Hebden Bridge

A voice from the back of the crowd called out “Sainsburys go home – we don’t want you here in Hebden Bridge! Big supermarkets close down local shops – GO AWAY!!!” Ho ho – only in Hebden Bridge! He had a point, but he was fighting a losing battle.

Lisa went and got her sister and they came back to do a bit of celeb-worshipping. I went home and made myself a cup of tea. Jamie Oliver seems a nice enough young fella, but just because he is on the television a lot cooking some interesting meals, doesn’t mean that I have to hang about watching him film TV commercials. He was still there about 5 hours later when I went back out to buy some beer. He was chatting to people in the crowd and handing out snacks.

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