February walk - Marsden and a small-scale Imbolc if you want to stay on

  • February 1, 2014 · 12:45 PM
  • Marsden Train Station

*Update 23.1.14.* A fiveish mile walk depending on the weather and the enthusiasm of the group.

There is a lot of standing water and boggy patches on Pule Hill and a couple of short sharp shock climbs. This is not an easy peasy walk but we will take it at a steady pace,

We will walk alongside the canal to Tunnel End then follow the path through the nature reserve before sneaking up the private road at Hey Green (please try and look inconspicuous at this point). We cross Manchester Road and onto Pule Hill. It's a hill. We go up it.

I am hoping to lead you unerringly to the Stanza Stone but am more likely to wander around a bit while Gareth rolls his eyes. If conditions are better than today ie. there isn't a howling gale and SNOW real actual snow not just poetic snow, we will pause for refreshments.

We then descend to a path round the bottom of the hill which comes out onto Mount Road. This is where we look at the daylight/ see how you feel. The easiest way back is the path to Hades Farm then descend to Old Mount Road the same as we did last summer. If you're wanting to go a bit further Gareth knows the way to Butterley Reservoir which is clinging onto its glorious Victorian spillway as Yorkshire Water have had a knockback:

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/butterley-spillway-campaigners-win-fight-6489030

We then descend to the town and find one or several hostelries.

Dogs: the festival usually finishes with fireworks and has various loud drums. They should be fine on the walk itself but please keep them on lead or under close control by the canal.




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  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed my first walk with the group. Fantastic scenery

    February 4, 2014

  • Pauline W.

    Many thanks Chrstine and Gareth for a brill afternoon if somewhat breezy on the tops! Much appreciated.

    February 3, 2014

  • Diane T.

    Thankyou Christine and Gareth for an exhilarating walk , thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon so glad it did not rain

    February 2, 2014

  • paul b.

    Thankyou Christine and Gareth for good,cob web blowing walk walking at 45 degrees into the wind uphill was exilarating!!!

    February 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to Christine for organising it and for making me feel welcome on my first, but not last, walk. Amazing views and that wind certainly was invigorating!

    February 2, 2014

  • Peter

    Tks to Christine for the concept and Gareth for taking us where no wimpy walkers like me would ever go.....

    Conversation was difficult so in my case less "hot air" than usual but a fair amount of "wind"!

    February 2, 2014

  • Victoria

    First walk and it was surprisingly amazing. Especially when walked up to the snow stone and the uphill, everyone managed to conquer the strong wind, that's a fun and exciting bit. Enjoyed the walk simply took my breath away! Happy to take part and meet so many friendly people.

    February 1, 2014

  • Sue F.

    Thxs Christine n Gareth for the walk. Was blown away...in every aspect lol. Thxs for some great chatter too :)

    February 1, 2014

  • sarah g.

    Woo hoo! Very exhilarating walk.. definitely blew away the cobwebs.. and we survived! Thanks Christine and Gareth and everyone for their wonderful company as usual :)

    February 1, 2014

    • Sue F.

      Hear hear :)

      February 1, 2014

  • Christine

    Seriously impressive attendance considering the forecast. Great that the rain held off although the wind was epic. Thanks to Gareth for the back marking and the invigorating extras.

    Festival review tomorrow. I have to go and lie down now, right now.

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • Gareth Tips P.

    absolutely fantastic walk, thanks to Crissy. loved the hill and the wind that made one feel alive and coming down was even more wonderful, a truly breath taking day!!! and a final thank you to everyone for making Julie feel so welcome.

    February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the walk but did find the uphill a bit of a struggle!! Overall great, shame I couldn't stay for the festival, I hope it went well for those who stayed on..xx

    February 1, 2014

  • Ana M

    Really, really enjoyed the harder-than-usual (for this group) walk ;-) and the battle against the galewind challenge.
    The bit up the hill after lunch stop was just surreal and fantastic. Thanks Christine and Gareth!!!!
    Lovely catching up with everyone, as always is :-)

    February 1, 2014

  • Katie H.

    Apologies. Change of circumstances. I hope to be able to pop along to the festival later on . K8

    February 1, 2014

    • Christine

      Text me if you make it for the festival and we can try and meetup. I'll be the one in three coats.

      February 1, 2014

  • mark t.

    Sorry late change of plans

    February 1, 2014

  • susan

    Sorry. Last minute problem. Can't now come.

    February 1, 2014

  • Christine

    Doesn't it look lovely out there? Who would guess there's an 80 % chance of it raining all afternoon. There may be snow flurries at midday but that's not supposed to last so keep calm and keep driving.

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry Guys,
    I was a last minute invite and have agreed to shopping spree (indoor) with my daughter so can't make it now

    January 31, 2014

  • Joan P.

    I am being a wuss, it's a friends birthday meal so going to that instead, well it is inside.

    January 31, 2014

  • Ann k.

    Got a cold coming on and can't risk it getting any worse on walk!!! Oh No!!! because I did want to go and see the festival....but next time..Do enjoy Mr Fox and fireworks...

    January 31, 2014

  • Gareth Tips P.

    is there anyone going through huddersfield and back on the day who can offer me and my +1 a lift on the day?

    January 31, 2014

  • Victoria

    It will be my first walk with the group, I look forward to meeting everyone.

    January 30, 2014

  • midger

    Imbolc is one of the polytheist fire festivals (the most famous is Up Helly Aa), it's also known as (and closely linked to) The Festival of the Lactating Sheep. The traditional way of celebrating these fire festivals are to have a long walk, then finish it off with food and drink and then 'get to know the neighbours'... Nudge nudge, wink wink.

    Allegedly.

    January 30, 2014

    • Christine

      Umm, think that may be a different meetup group you're thinking of. We're a friendly group but not THAT friendly.

      1 · January 30, 2014

    • midger

      Happen I'd best have more than sandals and a loincloth on then?

      1 · January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    feeling my age as although no more spaces left on the walk, cant quite work out what 'imbolc' means, does it mean-impossible mission but ok if you like a challenge? just want to know what I'm missing!! sounds a fantastic walk-hope all goes well, mud and all!!

    January 30, 2014

    • Christine

      If I remember correctly it means "ewe's milk" and that used to be marked as the first sign of spring. It's a pagan celebration and has been pretty spectacular but this year is probably a bit more low-key. http://www.examiner.c...­

      January 30, 2014

  • midger

    January 30, 2014

  • Alison

    I am really sorry I didn't expect to get on the walk and have now volunteered at my daughters netball match. I am looking forward to meeting everyone soon

    January 29, 2014

  • Chris M.

    Had been looking forward to this but need to be elsewhere. Hope someone from waiting list can now enjoy.

    January 29, 2014

  • Christine

    Since I've got offers of back marking from people who know the area I'm increasing to 40. Lowest priority to those with no-shows, highest priority to those who have led or back marked then regular attenders. Tough on those who have just joined but I'll send an email out to update RSVPS so you may well still get on.
    Forecast is cloudy with 20% chance of rain.

    January 28, 2014

  • Alison

    Looking forward to meeting up with new people and enjoying good walks

    January 25, 2014

  • Gareth Tips P.

    got a text from chrissy this afternoon saying she had found the snow stone but not heard from her since, should i contact the air ambulance or maybe one of those st. Bernards with brandy to go look for her?

    January 23, 2014

    • Gareth Tips P.

      OI what do you mean "rolls his eyes" now thats funny lol

      January 24, 2014

    • Nick

      Gledholt Bank?? were you going home should have stuck to the main roads .

      January 24, 2014

  • Nick

    Sorry have to miss this one again, visitors comming.

    January 22, 2014

  • steve m.

    Hope to get on this but waiting list is rather large

    January 20, 2014

  • Christine

    Anybody know if there are any dog-friendly pubs in Marsden? Just to save me trotting round and asking.

    January 20, 2014

    • Nick

      Isnt the River Head by the river? The Railway is near the canal.

      January 20, 2014

    • Ann B.

      Sorry I meant the river..... Obviously the clue in the pub name wasn't obvious enough.......!!!

      January 20, 2014

  • Christine

    Forecast so far - vague! " Bands of rain are likely, with hill snow at times, interspersed with clearer, colder, more showery conditions, and brisk winds. The best of any drier, brighter weather most likely in the south/southeast. Continuing risk of frost and fog."

    January 20, 2014

  • Christine

    What an adventurous recce I had. Gareth was indisposed so I had to face the TV cameras on my own (poetic licence here: they were just unloading them from the vehicles - sadly I did not see Michael Palin but apparently he was there somewhere filming a BBC drame).

    The footpath to the packhorse bridge was closed due to a fallen tree and they were actually sawing it up so I couldn't sneak by. There is a road up to the A62 but it says "private road only" so I went up another footpath towards Lower Owlers thinking to get round that way. But it was so dispiriting seeing Pule Hill get further and further away before I could double back on the official path that I decided to cut across following a really clear unofficial path. Which got less and less clear and more and more a steep slope down to Haigh Clough. Must have been for sheep or mountain goats or even wolves, nothing would have surprised me it was that wild and bleak.

    1 · January 16, 2014

    • Gareth Tips P.

      did you see the poetry seat? it just near there you cant miss it, if you can get us along canal and to the air shafts i can show you the wayto the stones and over pule hill to the road from there and maybe round the res that will make the walk 5.8 miles so we wont be hanging round in the cold too long for the festival to start, how does that sound?

      January 18, 2014

    • Christine

      "You can't miss it!" you are trying to wind me up! I'll email you about the route but I'm planning to hang about in a warm pub or cafe for most of the time!

      January 19, 2014

  • Christine

    This photographer must have a very good lens or be allowed extra access. Me and Sheila got as close as that the snowy year as there was hardly anyone there but usually you can't get anywhere near the front of the procession.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/garyjs/sets/72157612625270281/show/

    Hard to predict how many will be there this time - or how many fireworks they'll be able to afford!

    I must remember to check phone reception at Tunnel End on Recce Part 2 as I lost my friends a few years back and couldn't get a signal till I walked back to the canal. It may have improved though.

    January 18, 2014

  • catherine s.

    Hi Christine - If my 15 year old son wants to come would it be ok for him to come along as he likes walking?

    1 · January 17, 2014

    • Christine

      This one is open to children but unless we up the numbers there's unlikely to be room. Unless it snows! Then there will be space aplenty. I'm not planning to look at numbers till the Monday before when we have some sort of forecast I'm afraid. April's walk will be open to children but is likely to be a slow-paced easier walk.

      1 · January 17, 2014

  • lorraine m.

    You poor thing sounds like the lepton recce I did with Sharon, am still having flashbacks, hope get on this walk sounds great!

    January 17, 2014

    • Christine

      I think you will. Gareth is encouraging me to up the numbers as he is confident to back mark in the area and we've discussed the route. The only thing that's putting me off is the chance of bad weather because then the front freezes waiting for the back. I'll take a look at the numbers the Monday before.

      January 17, 2014

  • Christine

    I've had a lergy so not even thought about reccying this one. So if you're interested it's probably a four or five miler. I won't get a chance to check it out for at least a week so it will be an act of faith if you sign up.

    January 4, 2014

    • Christine

      On the reccy? Or on the walk?

      January 15, 2014

    • Gareth Tips P.

      on the walk dear

      January 15, 2014

  • Ana M

    Christine, may I kindly ask you to add John Darby to the waiting list please. His laptop is still knackered :-)
    Thanks in advance!

    January 14, 2014

  • Sheila L.

    Inside knowlege - Imbolc is on, but smaller scale - less people doing fire display

    November 3, 2013

    • Christine

      Looks like Mr Fox are going to be there. How can you miss that?

      January 9, 2014

    • Sheila L.

      No choice as I will have people arriving during the day and then perhaps 50 in my house that evening. BUT MR FOX IS SPECIAL so would encourage people to go, I shall never forget the first time I saw them

      January 13, 2014

  • karen

    would have liked this one, but am working

    January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Look forward to my first meet up with this group

    December 6, 2013

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