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Blowing the cobwebs away on Blackstone Edge

Blowing the cobwebs away on Blackstone Edge


Postby martin.h » Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:17 pm

Date walked: 01/01/2021

Time taken: 1.5

Distance: 5.5 km

Ascent: 160m

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This was a little local wander we had on New Years Day, not far, but just enough to get into open countryside and get a feeling of space, something we've all had little of these past few weeks :roll:

Most of our local walks have been along the Canal side and the local footpaths that are marked on the map around Elland and Brighouse, on the odd occasion we take advantage of the Pennine Moors that are all around us and find a bit of solitude away from busy everyday life.

Onto the M62 at Junction 24, head west and get off at Junction 22, turn left onto the A672 and park up in a large parking area just near the transmission tower, a really long journey of about 10 minutes :lol:

Blackstone Edge is on the Pennine Way, it's one of the higher hills around us, nice and green and heathery in the summer, today it was winter monotone :shock:
We set off on the Pennine Way towards the motorway, the Transmission Tower to our left, apart from the road this was the only human structure you can see, it does feel quite wild up here :D

ImageDSC04573 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

White Hill
ImageDSC04574 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

Blackstone Edge
ImageDSC04575 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

M62 Eastbound
ImageDSC04576 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

M62 Westbound
ImageDSC04577 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

A lot of this part of the Pennine Way has had stone slabs laid to help with erosion so it's not difficult terrain, there are one or two boggy bits where the slabs have sunk into the peat but that was no problem today it was frozen solid.

About halfway the views further into Lancashire start to open up
ImageDSC04579 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

And back to the tower
ImageDSC04581 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

Blackstone Edge getting closer
ImageDSC04580 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

It takes about 40mins from the tower to get to the trig point on Blackstone Edge and from here you can see into Lancashire towards Rochdale, Bolton and Manchester, busy places only a handful of miles away, turn around and walk about 50 metres you can see bits of Huddersfield and Halifax, it's a nice viewpoint in the summer, not so good today :(

ImageDSC04582 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC04583 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC04589 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC04585 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

Towards Halifax
ImageDSC04590 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

Southwest ish
ImageDSC04592 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

Tower again, far far away :lol:
ImageDSC04594 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

Towards home
ImageDSC04595 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

There were a few people around, not as many as we thought there would be, we spoke to a couple of guys from Littleborough who were out for the day and a couple of families with sledges taking advantage of the snow but apart from that we found our little bit of solitude in our local hills.

We had thought about going a little further but decided to leave for a better day so we started off back to the car.

Nearing the car
ImageDSC04601 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

So 2021 is here, Happy New Year to all Walkhighlanders, lets hope this year is better than last :D

Cheers.
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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Blackstone Edge

Postby RML12 » Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:51 am

The Pennines are lovely just now in the snow and best of all, the mud is frozen!
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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Blackstone Edge

Postby trailmasher » Wed Jan 06, 2021 5:29 pm

A great reminder of my time in that neck of the woods m.h with the M6 running through some of the wildest and remote moorland around. I once found an old brown clay fired 'bottle' on the moors not far from where the motorway now stands and oft times wonder who dropped it in such a remote place. Good report and thanks for posting :clap: :clap:
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Re: Blowing the cobwebs away on Blackstone Edge

Postby martin.h » Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:40 pm

RML12 wrote:The Pennines are lovely just now in the snow and best of all, the mud is frozen!


Thank you RML12
Yes, we're fortunate we have the Pennines so close for a bit of escapism and, with the present situation, we're planning to explore a bit more. We've lived around here all our lives and we're now wondering why we haven't done this sooner :lol:




trailmasher wrote:A great reminder of my time in that neck of the woods m.h with the M6 running through some of the wildest and remote moorland around. I once found an old brown clay fired 'bottle' on the moors not far from where the motorway now stands and oft times wonder who dropped it in such a remote place. Good report and thanks for posting :clap: :clap:



Hi TM

I can remember the M62 being built, I was only about 10yrs old at the time but I remember vividly the Euclids, Bulldozers, Dumper trucks etc used with the project, I was even allowed to sit with the driver of a D9 Caterpiller Bulldozer while he was working, that wouldn't be allowed today :lol:
It was probably too recent for one of the surveyors to drop a clay fired bottle around the planned route, but you never know :shock: :lol:
Roll on freedom from lockdown :D :lol:

Cheers.
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