A cir­cuit of Oven­den M

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This week’s walk is cour­tesy of Lou John­son from www. walk­ingbri­tain.co.uk and tra­verses a va­ri­ety of South Pen­nine scenery from a val­ley once busy with in­dus­try to wild open moor­land. The start is the pleas­ant work­man­like en­vi­ron­ment of Ox­en­hope near the head of the Worth Val­ley. Park­ing is avail­able on the street near the Post of­fice at the junction of Lower Town and the B6141 Den­holme Road (Grid ref. SE034348).

Af­ter park­ing, walk south (up­hill) to­wards Den­holme. Bear left along Jew Lane Stay on this lane, which is flanked by cot­tages, keep­ing straight ahead on the lower lane at the junction where Back Leem­ing forks left.

Con­tin­u­ing along the val­ley the lane crosses the river. Just af­ter the next cot­tage on the left take the signed foot­path lead­ing up to the dam wall of Leem­ing Reser­voir and tar­mac track.

Go right along the track, bear left at the fork and af­ter a short way go left onto a signed foot­path.

This grassy path ( the Brontë Way) con­tours above the reser­voir be­fore de­scend- ing to cross a foot­bridge over a stream.

Con­tinue half left across the next field, cross another bridge and once on the other side bear right to fol­low a wire fence up hill.

This path leads onto open moors ini­tially with a stone wall on your left. Where the wall ends keep straight ahead and con­tinue up­hill to a lad­der stile next to a wa­ter leat.

Cross this stile and con­tinue aim­ing for a foot­path sign vis­i­ble on the skyline ahead. Be­fore reach­ing the sign you join a rough track.

At the sign ( grid ref. SE046333) turn right onto Hambleton Lane.

Stay on this track as it rises gen­tly with ex­pan­sive views on your left across Thorn­ton Moor Reser­voir to Hal­i­fax and Brad­ford be­yond.

On your right you will see the wind­mills of Oven­den Moor Wind Farm. As the track starts to de­scend, look out for a path junction (Grid ref. SE049323).

Bear right and fol­low the path to even­tu­ally reach the deep clough con­tain­ing Og­den Wa­ter on your right.

Con­tinue for a short way and then de­scend steps on your right to reach the dam across the stream (Grid ref. SE053317). Cross this dam and climb out of the clough onto the moor.

The next sec­tion can be a lit­tle soft un­der­foot es­pe­cially af­ter rain. The way ahead is gen­er­ally clear as the path roughly heads south west.

Cross the foot­bridge over the stream in Skir­den Clough and con­tinue ahead to reach a track. Turn right to reach the for­mer Withens Ho­tel (now a pri­vate res­i­dence) and a road (Grid ref. SE045306).

Turn right along the lane pass­ing the in­for­ma­tion board that gives a de­tailed over­view of the wind farm. The road de­te­ri­o­rates into a rough wide track.

Pass War­ley Moor Reser­voir on your left and as the track starts to de­scend, look out for a foot­path sign on your right (Grid ref. SE032324).

Leave the road and fol­low the path along the edge of the es­carp­ment.

You soon en­counter some large cairns and other man­made struc­tures, which seem to be built from stone from the ad­ja­cent quar­ries. These add in­ter­est to the walk, which now pro­vides a grand­stand view north over Ox­en­hope and be­yond. Stay on the edge path to reach Hambleton lane (Grid ref. SE047331). Turn left onto the lane and re­trace your steps back to the start.

Top: Part of the Oven­den Moor Wind Farm. Be­low: The dam across Og­den Wa­ter

Climb­ing along­side a dry stone wall onto Oven­den Moor.

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