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Ovenden Moor

The trig point on Ovenden Moor backed by the windfarm

Date: 16th Aug 2009
Distance: 7.3 miles
Ascent: 1150 feet
Time: 3 hours 25 mins
With: Rachel
Start Grid Ref: SE031354

Walk Summary:
An enjoyable walk from Oxenhope up to the huge cairn on Nabs Hill and the trig point close to the Ovenden Moor windfarm.

Route Summary: Oxenhope - Leeming Reservoir - Bronte Way - Ovenden Moor - Nab Water Lane - Intake Lane - Stones - Oxenhope


1. Leeming Reservoir

2. Water conduit

3. Ovenden Moor

4. Rachel waving from the shelter on Nab Hill

5. The trig point on Ovenden Moor backed by the windfarm

6. The Robert Robinson inscription on the trig point

7. The large cairn on Nab Hill

8. The view north from Nab Hill

9. Warley Moor Reservoir

10. Leeshaw Reservoir

11. Oxenhope from Stones

12. Penistone Hill from Stones

Walk Detail: After an extended lay off due to my ongoing problems with my left knee this was my second walk in as many weeks and my first visit to Bronte country for quite some time.

It was drizzling when we parked up in Oxenhope continued to do so until we actually reached the impressive cairn on Nabs Hill. Despite the wet weather it was a pleasant enough walk to the top with some interest provided by the reservoirs and the numerous water conduits we kept crossing.

The walk really began to be enjoyable though when we cut off Hambleton Lane to walk around the top of Nabs Scar to the huge cairn on Nabs Hill. The only real rough ground of the walk was across to the dazzling white trig point with its beautiful poem dedicated to Richard Robinson. After negotiating the delphs back to the cairn we sat in a fantastic shelter and ate our lunch.

The return was a mixture of road and paths and was quite enjoyable. After another brief wet spell the sky started to brighten up considerably. This coincided with our traverse of the small heathery ridge known as '˜Stones', a delightful little promenade with nice views over to Haworth Moor and Penistone Hill.

While the weather wasn't the greatest I've certainly had worse in the South Pennines and as I remarked to Rachel the area almost demands to be walked in gloomy weather.

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