South Pennine Walks
Date: 23rd September 2012
Distance: 6.4 miles
Ascent: 836 feet
Time: 2 hour 30 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SE018361
A fairly simple walk in Bronte Country up to the ruins of Top Withins and returning via Bronte Bridge.
Route Summary: Stanbury Height - Haworth Moor - Harbour Lodge Top Withins - Withins Height - Top Withins - Pennine Way - Bronte Bridge - Bronte Way - Millenium Way - Stanbury Height
1. Looking back towards Penistone Hill
2. The view of Haworth Moor from above Harbour Lodge
3. Above Crumber Dike
4. There can't be many footpath signs in the UK in Japanese
5. Top Withins
6. The trig point on Withins Height
7. Bronte Bridge
8. Penistone Hill from the Bronte Way
Walk Detail: This walk didn't get off to the best of starts when the people I was supposed to meet didn't turn up at the car park on Stanbury Height (I later found out they went to the wrong car park). After 90 minutes of waiting around I decided to set off.
Although the long wait in the car park did little for my mood the upside was that by the time I actually started walking much of the early morning fog had lifted. Whilst it still stayed overcast the long distance views were still fairly good. From the trig point on Withins Height, for instance, I could make out Ingleborough to the north west.
Disregarding the Bronte associations (which I find rather strained) this area is still full of interest and worth exploring - Top Withins and Bronte Bridge being especially worth visiting. I'd previously visited Top Withins over two years before, on that occassion starting from Ponden Reservoir. Though that route was shorter I'd say it was more interesting including as it did Ponden Clough and Alcomden Stones.