Hebden Bridge to Ponden Mill

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.

Climbing out of Hebden Bridge
Loop info
Looking back, Stoodley Pike on the horizon
Heptonstall Moor
Graining Water
Walshaw Dean Reservoir
Windy Climb up to Withins Height
Inquisitive wildlife
Top Withins
Brontë connection
Ponden Mill Campsite

3 thoughts on “Hebden Bridge to Ponden Mill

  1. Bridget Porter

    Great photos Richard


  2. Val Hill

    looks like all going well. it is bringing back so many memories!!!!


  3. dianegraham867@gmail.com

    Lovely to hear from you Richard! (A pleasant surprise!) Thank you for having me on your list of travels, as you know how much I enjoy reading about other’s adventures. The terrain you are walking in, is so different to the TA trail eh! I haven’t done much walking in Britain, but would love to. The towpaths interest me, although I do love the hills.

    I started doing the lower nth island TA trail about 18 months ago just in small snippets. I’ve got as far as Raumati. Have been trying to do it using public transport to access the part of the trail I’m walking, but it’s getting harder to do now I’m off the train route.

    Keep up the great walking, and enjoy!

    Arohanui, Di


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