LEJOG Day 33 – Hebden Bridge to Oxenhope 8.99 miles. Cumulative 594.24 miles.

Another night of luxury with a bath, dinner and comfy bed at the White Lion. Our new number one for B & B stays.

After breakfast we had to take a short excursion on the train to Halifax. Steve’s new boots had let him down after 18 days of use. Fortunately, Millets in Halifax had a pair in his size which they put aside for him a few days ago. As usual the Millets staff proved to be excellent and did an exchange despite him not having a receipt. Hopefully, this pair will last a little longer.

Halifax was worth a visit, the highlight being the beautiful Piece Hall and its sculptures, previously a cloth hall for hand loom weavers now a place to eat, drink and shop. Halifax is also the home of Quality Street and After Eight chocolates.

We returned to Hebden Bridge, retrieved our rucksacks, and were ready to walk by midday. By chance we only had a short walk to fit in.

A steep climb took us out of Hebden Bridge followed by a further long climb to ‘Walshaw and Lancashire Moor’, surprisingly in West Yorkshire, following the ‘Calder Aire Link’ bridle path.

We drop down to the village of Oxenhope before the final climb to our campsite Upwood Holiday Park. Up to this point the paths had been well marked and accessible, this came to an abrupt halt, about 500 meters from the campsite, when the footpath from the village ended in the middle of a field. We spotted a man watching us from a nearby yard and approached him and he ‘kindly’ let us use his gate and access road which were marked as a footpath on the map! Apparently, there is a footpath but hardly anyone uses it, probably due to the barbed wire and missing signs.

We had planned to do some laundry at the campsite but the communal washing machine was out of order, the lady on reception took pity on us and let us use the wardens washing machine.

As we didn’t fancy walking back across the missing footpath so it’s an alfresco meal at the tent tonight.

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