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From: Back TorTo: Holme Moss (main route via Howden Edge)14.6 miles23.5 km386m ascent325m descent
ThumbnailMake no mistake, today is a hard and wild day, which will challenge even the strongest of walkers with difficult navigation, bogs and leg breaking terrain. In bad weather, or in winter, I recommend one of 2 alternatives - a lower level route from Back Tor down to Derwent Valley, or a pub route through Midhopestones and Langsett via the Old Mustard Pot, Waggon and Horses and the Dog and Partridge. From Back Tor, the Upper Derwent Valley route sets off north-west to Lost Lad, and both the main route and the pub route head north-east on a good path. Don't be tempted to drop down into Howden Dean and climb up the other side - I tried that and had to be revived later by several pints of Landlord bitter in the Waggon and Horses. Follow the path north east from Back Tor but watch out for a faint path turning off left near Round Hill, where the path emerging from Howden Dean joins our path. At this point you could decide to continue on the pub route, and who would blame you, especially if you've camped out wild at Back Tor the night before, but if you're daft enough to continue on the main route, turn left here. Your objective is High Stones on Howden Edge, the highest point in South Yorkshire, but the feeble path is easily lost in bad weather. A decent guide is to follow Cartledge Brook as far you can, until it peters out near High Stones, and don't lose any height. Once you've reached High Stones, the going and route-finding get easier - follow Howden Edge north on an improving path. Keep on past Margery Hill to the Cut Gate track, where there is an escape route east to Langsett, where you can join the pub route. Having wallowed through peat bogs to this point, your resolve (if you like beer) will be severely challenged! On the main route, continue on from the Cut Gate track past Outer Edge to an indistinct point on the watershed between Hoar Clough Head and Loftshaw Clough Head on the Yorkshire boundary, where the Derwent Valley alternative rejoins the main route. Follow the faint path north over Round Hill to Lady Cross, where you may well meet wobbly or hungover walkers fresh from the pub route, then turn west to briefly join the Trans Pennine Trail near Salter's Brook. Follow the Trail north to the Woodhead Pass road A628, cross the busy road and follow the minor road to the north. After a short distance a path appears on the left which we follow until it forks, where we take the right hand fork due north past a brick hut. The track soon disappears, and from this point route finding is difficult in bad weather until the boundary fence is located on Upper Dead Edge. The best plan is to follow the stream uphill and watch for it turning west, where you can see the corner of the fence, if the weather is good. In bad weather aim west, to the south of the fence corner to ensure you hit it. Once you've found the fence, you can follow it all the way to Holme Moss over Upper Dead Edge and Britland Edge Hill to the Holme Moss road A6024. It's remote here, so put your tent up if you can't get a lift to Holme or Holmfirth to the east. The best escape route is down the A6024 road to Holme (about 2 miles) where there's a pub but no accommodation, and also a bus service to Holmbridge and Holmfirth where there is ample accommodation.
Bus LogoHolme (2 miles)Beer LogoFleece Inn, Holme (2 miles)
Train LogoNoneBed LogoHolmbridge (3 miles): Holmfirth (4.5 miles)
Car LogoA628: A6024Tent LogoHolme Moss (wild)
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