Marsden moor National Trust seasonal festive christmas walk hike

National Trust Marsden Moor winter walk

I joined the National Trust Marsden Moor ‘seasonal saunter’ winter walk and Jasper came along to keep an eye on my mince pie consumption (he did a poor job, it was high). The circular walk was around 7 miles, out of the village from the National Trust office and up towards Shooters Nab before heading along the ‘top catch’ path up the Wessenden Valley. And then dropping down to the lower path and back to Marsden past Wessenden, Blakley and Butterley reservoirs.

The weather couldn’t have been better. Or the views. I’m lucky to have this on my doorstep.

Cheers @ian_ladbrooke109 , April, Karen and the NT guys for organising and leading the walk. And Tim for laying on the mince pies and mulled wine part way around!

Marsden moor National Trust seasonal festive christmas walk hike
Ian is a great walk leader as he knows the area really well and also knows local history.
Marsden moor National Trust seasonal festive christmas walk hike
Heading up to ‘Might Rocks’ a nice outcrop before you get on to the high moors and the Shooters Nab quarry area

I don’t usually join NT walks as Jasper finds it frustrating being on the lead (albeit he does stay on in ground-nesting season) but on this occasion, it was a great way to start the holidays (as it were) AND to meet up with Huw, who had been in contact with me before the day.

Huw Wahl is a filmmaker (and lovely human as it turned out) who is currently working for the University of Manchester on a research project about the stewardship and care of riparian environments and woodland in the Colne Valley and Marsden area.

The ‘CASTOR project‘ (Creative Adaptive Solutions for Treescapes of Rivers) responds to the Government’s plan to increase the UK’s current 13% of tree cover to 17% by 2050. There are a lot of different people and specialisms involved in the project aside from Huw (and the National Trust): among them are geographers, ecologists, information scientists and artists. Huw is a research assistant focused on filmmaking and specifically cultural storytelling about / with people related to their lives and interactions with rivers, woodlands and the climate.

Part of Huw’s activity and alongside the National Trust Marsden team may involve the Marsden Poetry Trail that I devised – more of how that might unfold another time. In the meantime, it was great to meet Huw and chat about a range of things, as well as enjoy a great walk together.

Marsden moor National Trust seasonal festive christmas walk hike
Looking down to Marsden and across to Pule Hill.
Marsden moor National Trust seasonal festive christmas walk hike
Just above Mighty Rocks, a selfie with April who was on walk guide backstop duties. It’s easier to have Jasper at the back of a group, that stops him from checking back every two minutes to herd any stragglers!
Marsden moor National Trust seasonal festive christmas walk hike
Jasper was not impressed that I was going in for the 3rd mince pie.
Marsden moor National Trust seasonal festive christmas walk hike
An old sluice gate above Rams Clough, before we headed up / south on the Wessenden Valley top track.
Marsden moor National Trust seasonal festive christmas walk hike
A cold and frosty Wessenden Valley with the reservoir below us. Holme Moss transmitter is in the distance.

 

 

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