Chris Maylor, who runs a Saddleworth Discovery Walks blog and Facebook page, led a way across a section of the Pennine Way in a Day.
FRIDAY, April 24 marked the 50th anniversary of Britain’s first long-distance footpath – The Pennine Way.
As part of the ‘Walk the Pennine Way in a Day’ birthday celebrations, Saddleworth Discovery Walks hosted a special guided walk along both old and new sections of the Way.
Setting out from Brun Clough car park at Standedge Cutting, we headed along the old turnpike road, built by Blind Jack of Knaresborough in 1791, before descending into Wessenden Valley via the silent moorland lagoons of Black Moss and Swellands Reservoirs.
Crossing the Isle of Skye Road, we ascended Black Hill under threatening skies which unleashed a deluge of rain and hail upon us. Attaining the summit trig point, we chatted with a couple of walkers who were completing a circuit from Crowden.
From here, we followed the original, purist, section of the Pennine Way across Dean Head Moss, which has fallen out of favour with PW pilgrims who prefer the paved route down the north-eastern flanks of Black Hill into the Wessenden Valley.
Crossing the Holmfirth Road at Old Snoopy’s lay-by, we continued north to once again reach the placid waters of Black Moss Reservoir, which is unusually dammed at both ends due to it straddling the watershed.
Then we followed a re-route of our outbound journey to return to Standedge to complete what had been a wonderful walk to celebrate fifty years of the Pennine Way National Trail.