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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Footpath to the Hills

"F" is for "Footpath to the Hills" and today's photo shows a group of walkers heading up into the hills at Dobcross in Saddleworth. They are on a walk that will follow old packhorse tracks and early turnpike roads to Bleak Hey Nook and over the moors at Standedge to the village of Marsden.

Those with an interest in slightly newer forms of transport may notice, running across the middle of the photo, the Huddersfield Narrow canal as it climbs Diggle Locks and the Manchester to Huddersfield railway line, just behind the canal.

On the skyline above the walkers, you can just see (on the larger version of the image) the obelisk at Pots and Pans, on the edge of Saddleworth Moor.

This splendid Pennine countryside is just 7 miles from Ashton and provides an excellent excuse to go out and get a bit of exercise.

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See Birds Eye View of this location.

"Footpath to the Hills" is a contribution to ABC Wednesday. For more "F" posts from around the world please follow this link.
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  1. With all the loose rocks on the footpath you sure do need good footing. Nice photo.

  2. I have friends in England who go on walking tours a lot - I wish I could join them. This looks like such a great outing.

    ABCW Team

  3. A lovely place to enjoy the fresh air. All that loose rockiness would be a bit scary walking on.

  4. fanciful footpath.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  5. I had to enlarge the photo twice - the first time, to see the canal as soon as I read about it, and the second time to see the obelisk.
    Beautiful countryside, but that path would be too rocky for me, I'd probably fall down.
    My best friend and her husband are in the process of buying a narrow boat so they can retire on a canal somewhere, it seems to me, north of London and west of Manchester. Of course I've forgotten the name of the nearby village, because I forget a lot of things these days.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  6. Rambling! We used to take the young people of our church out for rambles. Wonderful times!

  7. That looks like a lovely lush area to walk. Great exercise too!

  8. I miss the hills and the moors. Did a long walk recently from Marsden circular back to Marsden, following part of the Pennine Way along old packhorse routes and along the canal tow-path back to the car park. Lovely countryside.


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