On Saturday I did the last of my route / map check walks for the soon to be published Marsden Walkers Are Welcome guides. Despite really strong winds on the exposed parts of the moors the weather was great. No actual rain, for the walk or indeed the whole day, amazing 🙂
The overview of the walk from the WaW site is : “This 6.5 mile walk will take you from the Marsden centre into the scenic Wessenden Valley, containing ancient woodlands and deep upland reservoirs, then onto sections of the Pennine Way and Standedge Trail close to the watershed and above Swellands Reservoir. This walk contains some sustained ascents, descents and rough terrain.”
If you were reasonably fit and visiting the area and wanted a slice of West Yorkshire Moors experience, this is a great walk. Reservoirs exposed moors sections, waterfalls, views of the industrial village below – the lot. Oops this is turning into a review. “Walkers who hiked the route also liked this one”. I didn’t see too much wildlife this time round but in the past (I know this route pretty well) I’ve stood and watched hares and hawks at different stages. By hawks I mean Kestrel and also Merlin (I believe I’ve seen a Merlin once or twice) and also Red Kite (I’m pretty sure based on research I’ve done).
Here are a few pics from the outing with Brodie Dog.
On the descent into Marsden (on Old Mount Road) we passed a house selling home-made jams and chutneys. The day bag had some space so I bought a couple 🙂