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We'll be continually looking at a variety of walking opportunities with the added benefits of discounting entry to each one where a fee is involved.

Keep visiting the page for more details and if you have any ideas/­suggestions for our members please get in touch at - HASSRA.YORKSHIREANDHUMBERSIDE@DWP.GOV.UK.

Please also visit some of the following linked external sites for some inspiration 

Walking in England - Yorkshire Walks

Next events for your diaries -“Over the Tops” - Hebden Bridge to Todmorden: Saturday 18th May & Bakewell to Blackwell via the Monsal Trail: Saturday 25th May

Over the Tops - Hebden Bridge to Todmorden

The Walk: This month we will be doing a lovely linear walk of 7 miles starting from Hebden Bridge and walking 'over the tops' to Todmorden via Stoodley Pike, returning by train to Hebden Bridge.   After a steady climb at a gentle pace up to Stoodley Pike, first erected in 1814 to celebrate the end of the Napoleonic wars, we descend down into Todmorden, with a stop at the Top Brink Inn at Midgehole.  There are excellent views all the way, especially from the top of the monument, as you can climb up steps inside.  
Meeting Time and Place: Meet at 10.00 am for a 10:15 am start at Hebden Bridge Rail Station. https://­maps.­app.­goo.­gl/­nE9XWrqWA­Mi­uGjTj8
By Rail: The 08.57 from Leeds arrives at Hebden Bridge at 09.38.  DON'T FORGET, you will need a day return to Todmorden, as we will be returning from there to Hebden Bridge at the end of the walk.  There are frequent trains from Todmorden back to Leeds.
By car:  There is free car parking at Hebden Bridge Rail Station (you don't have to be a rail user).  If you need, or can offer, a lift on a petrol-sharing basis; please let Ruth know.
Lunch: Please bring a packed lunch and snacks with you as there will be some stops on the way, including near the end of the walk at the Top Brink Inn. There are also cafes and pubs in Todmorden at the end of the walk
Clothing: The terrain may be muddy and uneven in parts so appropriate footwear will be needed.  Given the unpredictable weather, please bring/wear suitable clothing/­layers.
Please let Ruth Hocken know by close on 17 May at the latest if you will be joining the walk
(email ruthhocken@gmail.com - mobile 07725254262).

Bakewell to Blackwell via the Monsal Trail

The Monsal Trail is a traffic-free route for walkers, runners, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users through spectacular limestone dales with incredible views from places like the iconic Headstone Viaduct (as often seen from Monsal Head).

The trail is 8.5 miles long, stretching at its furthest points between Blackwell Mill in Chee Dale and Coombs Road in Bakewell, with lots of access points connecting to additional footpaths and bridleways. The route is near to Great Longstone, Little Longstone, Cressbrook Mill, Litton Mill and Tideswell Dale.

The route follows the former Manchester to London Midland Railway line, closed in the late 1960s.

Families with young children and pushchairs, wheelchair users, cyclists and strollers will love the Monsal Trail for its easy access and flat surfaces through White Peak hills and dales. There are a number of refreshment stops along the way.

You can walk the full distance from Bakewell to Blackwell which would be 17 miles  - or walk until you want then simply turn around and head back to Bakewell.

This walk has been planned so that you can walk as little or as far as you like, giving you the options to bring family and friends of all ability.

There are 2 cafes on the trail, both serving food and drink so very easy to turn this in a nice leisurely stroll or a long out an back if people want to get their steps in.

As group leader I will probably do 5 miles out from Bakewell then turning round back to Bakewell via one of the cafes for lunch. Making a nice steady 10 mile walk.  Anyone is welcome to do that with me or simply meet at the start and do your own thing.

Meeting time and Place: 09:30 at Bakewell Station Car Park - DE45 1GE -  If travelling by car you may wish to get to the car park slightly earlier as the car park does fill up early. If the car park is full - there are other options in Bakewell itself - just park up and head on foot to DE45 1GE. you can claim your travel expenses after the event.

Lunch: Walkers can of course bring a packed lunch and drinks. HASSRA members can claim £5 for food purchases only at either cafe on the Monsal Trail (Hassop and Millers Dale Stations)

Clothing: Walkers should wear suitable clothing for walking.  Waterproof clothing will be needed in the event of inclement weather.
Although this is a paved trail - if it has been raining, rather large puddles form, so please where appropriate footwear.

To book your place - please click this link - https://­www.­hassra.­org.­uk/­hassra-y-and-h-walking-club-bakewell-to-blackwell-mill-via-monsal-trail

HASSRA Subs: Travel expences (including parking, train and fuel) can be claimed back via the online expences form for both the above walks for HASSRA Y&H members only, please provide receipts.

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