Friday, 11 April 2014

Open Access

One of my favourite Christmas presents was a new book about the West Yorkshire Moors. It was written by a fell running, map geek. I bet he's a good guy.

It details all the West Yorkshire moors and shows all the paths and trods, many not found on OS maps.

I've spent quite a bit of time reading it. I am at the far north of the geography of the map, so many of the moors are quite a way away but Haworth moor is fairly near by. It is a place well walked and often frequented by fell runners but like most similar places it is very easy to get off the beaten track.

The route I liked the look of was one such route. It very quickly got on the rough open moor and used some paths that appeared, as if by magic, in the middle of no where. Magic fairy tracks, used by grouse shooters (the more prosaic reality of life).

Although a secret path is always exciting, what ever its origin.

I had a fantastic run. You know you've had a good run when near the beginning it's so remote, exposed, windy and rainy that you wonder if you haven't been a bit cocky setting off by yourself and by the end you're totally delighted that you did carry on and complete the route.

And my navigation was spot on. I found everything just as it was supposed to be.  It would have been a bit more tricky in the clag but obviously, that's a new challenge for a different day.
Lad Stone, Crow Hill

Stanbury Trig

Alcomden Stones

View from Ponden Kirk

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