10 June 2022. After saying farewells to Stefan, I walked out of Hebden Bridge at 0830 following the Hebden Bridge Pennine Way Loop, up through Heptonstall (steep climb). A very scenic area. The Pennine Way goes to the west of the town, but the loop is well worth taking for the scenery and amenities. I missed it, but heard from other walkers that May’s Shop is worth a visit and you can camp there.
With most of the climbing done early, the route went over Heptonstall Moor passing the Gorple and Walshaw reservoirs. Rita overtook me on the reservoir section. She had a longer day heading to Ickornshaw. Over Withins Height, I stopped for a late lunch (1300-1400) at Top Withins, reputedly the setting for Wuthering Heights. It’s a popular spot for Bronte fans. A car stopped to ask me directions about how to drive there!
I arrived at Ponden Mill at 1500, after a little confusion about its location. The campsite isn’t marked on the OS map. Louise passed me. She is walking the whole route, but going on to Ickornshaw tonight. The Old Silent Inn is a few hundred metres down the road from Ponden Mill campsite, so that is dinner taken care of. Robin, Kate and Jo passed me rigging the tent on their way to their overnight booking at the Inn. Had dinner with Phil and Tom who were also camping. The campsite was getting ready for a wedding party tomorrow, so at least we had a quiet night’s sleep.