Around Ripponden with Irlsey

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 Old Bridge
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.

Road Bridge  A672
Road Bridge A672

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.

Winter sun on Rishworth Moor
Winter sun on Rishworth Moor
Winter sunlight
Winter sunlight

On reaching the road  look at this

 From A672
From A672

There is a footpath here, should have had a walk on it really.

Chilly but beautiful
Chilly but beautiful

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?

A bit of a drop
A bit of a drop

Lets look down

Don't drop the camera !
Don’t drop the camera !

Bet the water is perishing

Baitings dam
Baitings dam

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.

Lonley farmhouse
Lonely  farmhouse

“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

Pathway by  reservoir
Pathway by reservoir

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.

Footpath
Footpath
View of Ripponden
View of Ripponden
View from path
View from path
Another view of Ripponden
Another view of Ripponden

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

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One comment on “Around Ripponden with Irlsey

  1. It was a cracking morning. Lots to see over in West Yorkshire.
    Here is the said photo I once took whilst driving through the pennines near Blackstone Edge. http://irlsey.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/sp_a0850.jpg

    Can you explain what is going on here? It freaked me out a little bit.

    Wessyman, I have also been looking at my maps and plotting our next target on the pennines. I have found some abandoned buildings up on the pennines which are on open access land. Quite near Oxygrains.

    I will keep you posted about it.

    Also, have a look at my latest post. I think it might be right up your street. http://irlsey.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/a-curious-gravestone-welton-east-yorkshire/

    Good wanderings and catch you later

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