South Pennine Walks
High Brown Knoll
Date: 10th April 2005
Distance: 5.9 miles
Ascent: 1487 feet
Time: 3 hours 10 mins
Start Grid Ref: SD988291
A nicely varied walk with the bleak moorland of High Brown Knoll contrasting with some lovely scenery in Crimsworth Dean.
Route Summary: New Bridge - Pecket Well - Deer Stones Edge - High Brown Knoll - Limers Gate - Crimsworth Dean - Abel Cross - Shackleton - New Bridge
1. Wadsworth War Memorial looking to Heptonstall and Stoodley Pike
2. The ruins of Weather House
3. Approaching High Brown Knoll from Deer Stones Edge
4. The trig on High Brown Knoll with Ovenden Moor in the background
5. Lumb Bridge
6. The lovely Lumb Hole waterfalls
7. Lisa climbing out of Crimsworth Dean
8. Looking across Crimsworth Dean to High Brown Knoll
Walk Detail: The day started overcast but the forecast was for glorious sunshine and without any difficulty we climbed up to the Wadsworth War Memorial. It was a good viewpoint with Heptonstall Church and Stoodley Pike providing reference points on the hillside to the southwest.
The woods round Peckett Well Clough were attractive and it would have been nice to see them a bit later on in spring. As so often seemd to happen at the time the cloud got lower as we neared the highest point of the walk and when we reached the trig point we could hardly see a thing and I only got a very brief glimpse of what should have been the very obvious Ovenden Wind Farm.
The weather brightened quite considerably once we descended into the valley of Crimsworth Dean and arrived at the delightful double waterfall of Lumb Hole. We chose to eat our lunch in this idyllic spot which I still rate as one of my waterfalls.
Rather than following the lower path back along Crimsworth Dean we made a steep little climb up to Nook to try and take advantage of the brighter weather and enjoy the views that had been earlier denied us.
This was a fine little walk and one that I would definitely recommend and would want to do again.