WALK COMPASS POINTS: 3 4 OS grid reference SE 047118 Start/finish: 2 1 9 14.7km/9.1m Distance: 424m/1,391ft Ascent: 10 Fair Terrain: 5 Allow 5 hours Time: 8 Marsden Railway Station, HD7 6AX Parking: 7 Refreshment: Watersedge Cafe, Marsden 6 OS Explorer OL1, Peak District: Dark Peak Area, 1:25,000 MAP: 8 north-east to arrive at a road. Turn left along the road then turn right on a footpath signposted to the Standedge Trail and Pule Hill. By the duckboards turn right to leave the Standedge Trail and up the footpath to the top of Pule Hill. After pondering the work of poet laureate Simon Armitage, go up the incline and turn left at the top to follow the footpath around Firth Pule and past an air shaft for the Standedge Tunnels. You’ll reach a small cross commemorating the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment at the top of a hill. Descend the hill north-east, through boggy ground. Exit via a gate onto a stone track. wooden stile. Cross the stile and walk through trees to a lane. Turn right along the lane and turn left at a road junction. Cross the A62 and walk straight ahead along the road passing the church on the left. Turn left along Station Road to reach Marsden Station. N 7 From the Marsden Estate marker stone on top of Pule Hill, descend at a convenient place to the base of the crag and walk north along uneven ground past interesting caves and rock formations. Continue north along the gritstone edge until you reach the steep incline. Then, descending the sloping path to the top of the remains of a house, continue south into the quarry and keeping to the western side arrive at the Snow Stone and the Poetry Seat, part of the Stanza Stones poetry trail. 9 Turn right on the stone track through Intake Head Farm and head south-east across duckboards to descend over a low wall into a small clough. Cross the stream and enter a wooded area via a gate, then take the path to a stile. Cross the stile into a walled and fenced corridor; cross a second stile then reach a gate on the left. Go through it and down the hill keeping within the walled lane until you reach a stile on the right. Cross the stile and follow the wall to a stream. Do not cross the stream but go to the right of the wall then through the gate on the left at the wall junction. Follow the line of the wall to a farm. Explore Yorkshire This walk is taken from Day Walks in the South Pennines by Paul Besley, a writer who started exploring the British landscape whilst at school in the 1970s. The book, priced £14.95, features 20 circular walks between five and 18 miles, ranging from gentle rambles to more challenging day walks, through striking, varied terrain. Ordnance Survey maps are available from all good booksellers and outdoor stores or visit our online shop 10 www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/al Turn left and follow the footpath through the farm walking down the hillside at the side of a stream to reach a v-publishing.co.uk Yorkshire Life: October 2020 67
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