Wuthering Heights

LETJOGDay 28: Monday 14 June – HEBDEN BRIDGE to SKIPTON (23 miles)

I have now visited Hebden Bridge twice, both within the last three years, and this dynamic town certainly deserves more time than the two brief overnights I have spent whilst on trek. Historical interest melds here with a culture of the active outdoors and a slightly bohemian style of living, and there are enough interesting shops, eateries and bars to justify a good week’s stay.

Scores of these little fellas abounding on the moorland paths today, perhaps brought out by the rain, and all with their own individual markings

So I will aim to return to Hebden Bridge before too long, but by 8 o’clock this morning I was climbing out of Calderdale, making my way northwards up the steep valley side, eventually onto Walshaw Moor where the grey stillness of the light rain was broken only by the whistling calls of numerous curlews, and over into the Airedale catchment and the Yorkshire Dales. This is Bronte country, and soon I found myself descending into Haworth, the town where the sisters wrote most of their best-known works. Previously, whilst walking the Pennine Way I had taken a different route, slightly more to the west, up and over Withins Heights and past the ruin of Top Withins farmhouse, believed to have been the inspiration for the Earnshaw family seat in Wuthering Heights, although I confess that, as before, my mind kept drifting back to a certain music video of a songstress from my teenage years!

About to go ‘over the top’ into the Yorkshire Dales in the wet . . .
. . . before a dry descent into Howarth

As the drizzle at last abated, I made my way down further into Keighley, to meet our close friends Chris and Christine, who joined me for what turned out to be a rather brighter afternoon walk on to Skipton. Before we left Keighley we had an important visit to make to the home of Timothy Taylor’s Brewery, creator of many fine beers such as the acclaimed and award-winning ‘Landlord Classic Pale Ale’. Although currently closed for tours, the Brewery kindly welcomed us in their reception area, our sampling deferred but a few hours until an evening visit to their flagship pub, The Woolly Sheep Inn in Skipton.

At Timothy Taylor’s Brewery, in Keighley, with Chris and Christine . . .
. . . and later, the three of us in the ‘Timmy Taylor’s’ flagship pub, The Woolly Sheep Inn, in Skipton

Thank you Chris and Christine for supporting LETJOG, for joining me over the final dozen miles of another super day on my northbound trail, and for all the laughs this evening – it has been great catching up after so, so long!

Just metres away, this deer kindly waited for us to get our photos!

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