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From: Back TorTo: Holme Moss (alternative via Upper Derwent Valley)14.7 miles23.7 km523m ascent478m descent
ThumbnailThis alternative is still a wild route, with few signs of civilisation apart from the Upper Derwent and Howden reservoirs, but the route finding is easier and the paths are infinitely better. From Back Tor, take the flagged path to Lost Lad, a bizarre name more suited to the main route. Lost Lad is a superb viewpoint with a lovely memorial depicting the multitude of hills in view, and the flagged path continues on to drop down into Upper Derwent Valley where Abbey Brook empties into the reservoir. Keep north along the east bank of Howden reservoir, which eventually become the infant River Derwent. Watch out for Slippery Stones, a well-known wild swimming spot in summer, and keep on along the river, gradually regaining the height lost since Back Tor. The path wends westwards, on its way towards the source of the River Derwent at Swains Greave, but we turn north up Hoar Clough to the Shepherds Meeting Stones, where there is shelter in bad weather. From here, follow the faint path northwards to rejoin the main route near the Hoar Clough Head.
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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