Had a visit over Christmas from fellow blogger Irlsey who mainly covers East Yorkshire http://irlsey.wordpress.com/
After a serious spell of research ( about 10 minutes I would say) Irlsey decided that on boxing day morning we would go up onto Rishworth Moor and find “Oxygrains Bridge” – an old packhorse bridge. “you’ll never find it !” I said. “I will” said Irlsey ” I’ve got GPS and a map on my phone ; its a good program I paid for it!!” ( Shut up Wessyman I thought , this is a ” high tech ” blogger here). Off we went then M62 to junction 22, then head down the road towards Ripponden, (The A672). Quite a distance down the road I suggested that perhaps we ought to have stopped higher up the road , Irsley stopped and checked his GPS , then turned the car around and drove back up the road. We stopped at the side of the road and down into the small valley below – there was Oxygrains Old Bridge
Oxygrains Bridge is about 8 feet (2.5 m) wide and crosses Oxygrain beck . The bridge was probably part of a packhorse road used for carrying cloth over to the Darkside (lancashire), and bringing goods back into Gods own County. Behind the bridge is the modern road bridge.
This bridge of course crosses the same beck – but carries modern heavy traffic. Climbing back up to the road we noticed the pale winter sunlight on the moors.
On reaching the road look at this
There is a footpath here, should have had a walk on it really.
Where to now Irlsey? “is there anything else round here to look at ? ” said Irlsey , “Well” said Wessyman ” there is the road at Blackstone Edge” ” I’ll find it on my map ” said Irlsey “Right We will go down here and turn sharp left” – so off we went down into Ripponden and turned into Rochdale Road. Going up Rochdale Road on the right hand side is a car park by Baitings Reservoir (or dam) – lets go and have a walk on the path on the dam wall – playing hop scotch round the dog doodoos – don’t they sell pooper scoopers in halifax?
Lets look down
Bet the water is perishing
We walked onto the end, there was a bit of woodland, some sheep in a field , a farmhouse a couple of hundred yards away, we could here a dog barking from the farm buildings but not a person to be seen.
“Right ” said Irlsey “Shall we carry on ? ” – So off we went back to the car park and headed up the road ( signposted Littleborough) – ” I’m not going to Littleborough ” said Irsley a little way up the road, we then reached a junction ” I’ve been here before ” said Irsley ” I came up that road from Hebden Bridge – there was a load of people in that field with funny clothes on – like robes – I took a picture on my phone – I’ll send it you.” I didn’t say it at the time but I thought people dressed in strange clothes is not that unusual around Hebden Bridge. We crossed over the border into lancashire and Irsley turned around at ” The Whitehouse ” ( a possible candidate for a future spot the pub) and headed back . ” Where are we going then ? ” said Irsley “Well we never got there” said Wessyman ” well we saw Blackstone Edge Reservoir ” replied Irsley. Wessyman decided not to comment . Irsley decided we would visit nearby Ringstone Edge , now I have visited before – attracted by the Ringstone name and the tumuli shown on the map , what I found was a small pile of stones in a field – very underwhelming, but we went anyway
We went down the track by Ringstone Edge reservoir, passed a farmhouse type of building and on a path through a field higher up than the farmhouse. Good views , calm clear day.
Can you see the clock on the mill building ? 11:25 – nearly opening time! We headed back to the car, Irlsey needed to get back to the East Riding saying that he had not much to post about boxing day , but I decided to do one anyway. It was a pleasant day out with a like minded person, he may have GPS and a map on his phone and other High tech gear – but he is still scatterbrained – thanks Irsley for a good morning out and the good company – Wessyman