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The Wild Yorkshire Way
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Here you can read a personal account of the route for this stage, together with route maps centred around the start and end points, and information on transport connections, pubs, accommodation and camp sites. You can see a photo gallery, browse through the walk stages, and you can use Google search to look up the start and end points of your day's walking. GPX files for your sat nav are available for download, but please don't blame me if you get lost following them!

From: Back TorTo: Holme Moss (alternative via Langsett)15 miles24.1 km657m ascent725m descent
ThumbnailIf you decide to take this route, you really should split the day into two by stopping overnight at the Waggon and Horses or the Dog and Partridge. If you do, let me know and I might join you as I live not far away, but make sure you have enough money to buy me a few pints and pay for my taxi home! From Back Tor, take the main route but continue straight on where the main route branches left up onto the wild and boggy moors. Note when the path turns exactly due east, then watch carefully for the path veering slightly more north. At this point strike out due north across the moor - your objective is a track serving some shooting butts on Broomhead Moor. In bad weather, you'll need your compass here, and the technique of "aiming off" should be used to make sure you hit the track. Follow the track north past a shooting lodge, then east to a junction of paths where we turn north west to descend to the wooded valley of Ewden Back, near a stone circle. Follow the path down and up through the woods, past Holt Farm, Ewden Lodge Farm and Cottage Farm to the road. Climb up the road and take the left turn along Gilroyd Lane to the tiny village of Upper Midhope. Looking at the map, you may be tempted to continue along Mortimer Road to the Old Mustard Pot pub at Midhopestones, but sadly the pub has now closed. From Upper Midhope, you have a choice of routes. If you're breaking your journey at Langsett, keep on along the road to the Waggon and Horses at Langsett via the reservoir dam. There's accommodation here, and a café across the road, but be careful as the pub closes at 9pm on most days, earlier on Sunday and it's closed all day on Mondays. The route continues along the northern bank of Langsett Reservoir, through a complex junction of paths to the A628 Woodhead Pass road past the ruined farm of Swinden and along Swinden Lane. Follow the road west to the Dog and Partridge, where there's further accommodation and refreshment opportunities, and the pub is open every day from 12, although no dogs are allowed in here. The route crosses the road here and climbs the moor on the old snow road, running roughly parallel to the main road. At the highest point, near South Nab, cross the road again and take the track to Lady Cross, where we rejoin the main route. I was only kidding earlier, if you do decide to spend an evening either of the pubs, of course I'll pay my way if I join you!
Bus LogoLangsett: Holme (2 miles)Beer LogoWaggon and Horses, Langsett: Dog and Partridge, Woodhead Pass
Train LogoPenistoneBed LogoWaggon and Horses, Langsett: Dog and Partridge, Woodhead Pass: Holmbridge (3 miles): Holmfirth (4.5 miles)
Car LogoEwden: Upper Midhope: Langsett: A628: A6024Tent LogoDog and Partridge: Holme Moss (wild)
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