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:
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.