First winter snow, Almondbury.
Mike managed to come down for a few days and we went for a rather lazy wee walk around Hebden Water. Starting from Hardcastle Crags car park, the path led us along by the river to Gibson mill. A pause for lunch by the mill and we carried on upstream.
A tiptoe past a very recent rock fall, with more ready to fall. As we left the mill, a large golden labrador dog was heading up the path behind us. Seeing someone further back we thought no more of it. However, further up the path the labrador came running toward us, clearly stressed. Mike put her on a makeshift lead and leaving me with Lucky headed back the way we had come. Mike had only got so far when she dug her paws in and refused to go any further. She was happy though to carry on with us and appeared to know the way.
A steep, slippery climb up through the woods to Walshaw farm. The labrador seemed to know exactly were she was heading and we tagged along. Heading back down to Gibson mill, two volunteer rangers used their landline and finally managed to contact the dog's owner. Leaving the dog with the rangers we headed back to the car park.Apparently the dog had run off. Eventually all were reunited. A good outcome to an interesting walk.
Old toll bridge sign.
Crossing the main A635, we carried on down Springs Road. The old road heavily rutted from when wagons hauled stone from the old quarries, now disused. Around by Goodbent Lodge, at one time a farm but the private signs indicate it is now a holiday home or a building used by some form of club?.
A pause for lunch saw extra layers being put on, the wind was chilly.
Back over the main road and on to Harden Moss Road. it was another of those old rights of way that is now just a track. Parts of it were badly washed out from heavy rainfall. it was then a case of retracing our footsteps back to the car. A pleasant day out.