October Day Trip to Broad Law

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Having gone to Cathcart, and there being no last minute arrivals, I headed to the old zoo car park to meet up with Cornel, Willie and Allan B.  They got their gear into my car and we set off down the M74.  It was an uneventful journey, and we eventually arrived at our start point.

The non-existent bridge

However there was a slight problem.  The bridge over the Tweed to Hearthstane was no longer there.  There were fences blocking it off.  All that was left of the bridge were the wooden stumps of the supports.  A quick check and we realised that we couldn’t cross the river.  We checked the maps and considered 2 alternative bridge crossings, but both added a lot of dubious distance to the day.  We finally decided to head for Talla Reservoir to seek an alternative route.

We eventually found a parking spot and got ready for our walk.  We climbed the slope of Muckle Side that had a track going up the ridge.  When we got to the top, we headed for the summit of Talla Cleuch Head .. a typical Donald with a flattish summit and a couple of stones to mark the summit.

We then followed the fence down to the bealach accompanied by 2 rams (one either side of the fence) each threatening their rival.  We arrived at the cairn marked on the map and then took the gradual climb to the summit of Broad Law.  We took the obligatory photo by the trig point, then headed to the NATS building for a bit of shelter and our lunch break.

On the summit of Broad Law

After the break, we started to retrace our route .. once Willie had returned for his Leki!  On the way down, we met John Gormley who had started his climb from the Megget Stone.  After a chat we continued our descent detouring out to visit Porridge Cairn.

On the re-ascent of Talla Cleuch Head, Cornel and Allan decided that they would walk out to visit Mathieside Cairn.  Willie and I took the route down Muckle Side back to the car.  We arrived back and got changed as the others came back down by the same route.

Once we had changed and packed the car, we headed back to the main road and on to Broughton and the Laurel Bank Tearoom for tea, coffee and cakes before heading back to the zoo car park.

Not quite the planned route but still an enjoyable day with a lot of sunny weather.

Bob MacDonald

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October Weekend to Haworth in Yorkshire

This weekend trip visited the Haworth area of West Yorkshire.  It also coincided with the annual Keighley and Worth Valley Steam Railway beer festival.

The Festival  The Engines  

Most people had arranged to travel down to Haworth during the day on Friday.  Allan, Bob and James made an early start and climbed on Ilkley Moor.  I'm not sure if they sang "On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at" as they followed the Twelve Apostles route ...

The 12 Apostles route  The 12 Apostles  The town of Ilkley

Andy and Gwen arrived in Haworth and went for a round trip on the KWVR, checking out the scene at Oxenhope.  Steve, Hilary and Heidi were arriving in the evening.  Nine of us were staying in the Haworth Youth Hostel and five in a local hotel.  In the evening a group of us travelled on the steam train from Haworth to Oxenhope and visited the beer festival.  There was plenty of beer to sample and there was live music.  We also took a trip on the train to Keighley where there was a small bar on the station platform and on the train.

On Saturday morning most of us took the bus to Hebden Bridge, so we could walk back over the moors to Haworth.  As normal for the club, it was a tricky start to the walk we eventually got our bearings and headed north to Midgehole and the start of Hardcastle Crags.  At this point we had lost Andy and Allan, who headed for the village of Slack (and the Pennine Way!).  Hilary also decided to head back to the Hebden Bridge shops.  The rest of us continued along the valley floor to Gibson Mill and then climbed up to Walshaw Hamlet.  From here we headed west to join the Pennine Way and then onto the Walshaw Dean Reservoirs where we rejoined Andy and Allan.  We had a short break and watched Gordon eat most of his enormous Pork Pie.  Suitably refreshed, we continued on along the Pennine Way to the ruin of Top Withens.  This was the inspiration for Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.  It was downhill from there back into Haworth, which proved to be very pleasant.  The majority of us dropped into the Fleece for some welcome refreshment.

  Lunch at Walshaw Dean  Welcome to The Heights  The story of Top Withins  In the Yorkshire Dales

Jim spent some of his early years in Cullingworth near Haworth and so took the opportunity to visit the local area.

In the evening we split up, with some opting to eat and drink in Haworth and others visited the beer festival.  The festival was very busy, but Allan and James stayed on to enjoy the beer and the music until the last train home.

On Sunday everyone dispersed after breakfast.  Jim dropped into the Lake District on the way home and Allan was travelling down to London.  Bob and James headed for Malham Cove for a short walk.  Miriam and I had a look around Haworth, which included the halloween decorations on the local houses.  We then also headed for Malham Tarn.  We walked to the top of Malham Cove, down into the village and then walked back to the Tarn.  Great fish and chips to finish off in Settle.

Haworth at Halloween  At Malham on Sunday

I think everyone enjoyed the trip and I assume some may visit the area (and the beer festival) again.

Mark Setford

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