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From: Holme MossTo: White House Inn, Blackstone Edge (main route via Saddleworth Moor)14.1 miles22.7 km327m ascent477m descent
ThumbnailHead north west past the TV station and follow the Yorkshire boundary on the north east edge of Heyden Brook (no path), turning west as the land levels out to reach the trig point on Black Hill. I make no apology for following the Pennine Way from here all the way to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, as the route and accommodation options are well documented, and the scenery is first class. From Black Hill there is a bad weather (or bad mood) alternative route which heads slightly east of north on the current Pennine Way on an easy paved path, but our main route strikes out north west on the original Pennine Way across Wessenden Head Moor to cross the A635 at its highest point, directly on the Yorkshire boundary. It's hard going, you will probably need a compass, and in wet weather it's like wallowing in cold black rice pudding. Note that my estimated mileage does not take account of the endless detours you will have to make to avoid the more liquid sections. Cheer up when you finally reach the A635 road, as the boggy section over White Moss north of the road are now served by a good paved path. Continue across the infamous Saddleworth moor, bowing your head for a minute to think of the poor victims of the Moors Murders back in the 1960s. In the 1980's I sank waist deep into a bog here while walking alone, and was lucky that I had my dog on a lead so I could pull myself out before I disappeared beneath the morass, so be careful if you leave the paved path for any reason. Continue on the Yorkshire boundary over White Moss and Black Moss to Black Moss reservoir, where the alternative route on the Pennine Way rejoins us. Notice how clean the Pennine Way walkers are, compared to yourself. Continue over Standedge, with its fine rock formations, and the bleak White Hill to the M62 crossing, using the footbridge specially built for the Wild Yorkshire Way walkers (honest!). Enter Lancashire (temporarily) and ascend to Blackstone Edge, then continue on to the White House pub. There's food and beer here, but no accommodation, so you may need to head west or east on the A58 to find a bed for the night. Campers may find a wild spot around here and spend a pleasant evening in the pub.
Bus LogoStandedgeBeer LogoWhite House Inn
Train LogoLittleboroughBed LogoLittleborough
Car LogoA6024: A635: A62: A640: M62/A672: A58Tent LogoStandedge, White House Inn (wild)
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