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Hebden Bridge to Ponden

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  • Looking back to the Walshaw Dean Reservoirs from the Pennine Way
    Looking back to the Walshaw Dean Reservoirs from the Pennine Way
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You will face a tough climb out of Calder Valley to the village of Colden to begin this stage before crossing Heptonstall Moor. After passing Top Withens descend towards Ponden Reservoir near Haworth.
Afstand 16,6 km
5:00 u
515 m
395 m
450 m
114 m

Leaving the Calder Valley the path climbs steeply, one of the steepest climbs of the entire Pennine Way, climbing 1000ft in the first two miles. However as you ascend through Mytholm you will be compensated with varied scenery and paths varying from lanes and steps to fields.

After passing the village of Colden make your way across the vast Heptonstall Moor before dropping down to Graining Water and passing Walshaw Dean Reservoirs.

Before descending to Ponden Reservoir you will pass Top Withens - the remains here are closely associated with the  Brontë sisters and are thought to have been the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.

Tip van de auteur

It is possible to detour to Haworth on this stage if you have an interest in literary history and the Brontë sisters however an extra day would likely be required to make the most of this. More details can be found in the Points of Interest section.

However, you may also be staying overnight in Haworth this evening depending on accommodation availability so look out for the Japanese Fingerpost marker at approx 13.7km which will direct you down the Bronte Way to Haworth via the Bronte Bridge and waterfalls. Please see your included documentation for directions to your accommodation in Haworth. 


Profielfoto van: Laura Paterson
Laura Paterson
Laatste wijziging op: 22.03.2022
Hoogste punt
450 m
Laagste punt
114 m
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The Old Silent Inn
Wuthering Heights Pub
The Packhorse Inn


The route today is generally good and easy to follow crossing Heptonstall Moor. As ever though, care should be taken especially in poor weather. Make sure you are equipped with a the map and your phone or GPS device is charged incase you run in to any difficulties.

Take care as you cross the roads around Colden and walking along Blacktop Lane and the service road for Walshaw Dean Reservoirs.


If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the Pennine Way map published by Harvey Maps. They publish a map for both the North and South section of the walk so if you are doing the full walk you will need both. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.



If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend Trailblazer's Pennine Way by Stuart Greig & Henry Stedman.


Tips en hints

Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest.  Click the icons on the map for more information.   

Points of Interest

Top Withens
Towards the end of this stage the route passes by the remains of Top Withens farmhouse. Thought to be the inspiratation for the location of Wuthering Heights - the Earnshaw family home in Emily Brontë's 1847 novel of the same name.

Haworth & the Brontë Waterfalls (off route)
Haworth and the surrounding areas are synonymous with the Brontë sisters. A detour from the route can take you to Haworth where you can visit the family home and museum if time allows. However a shorter detour (approximately 1 mile off the Pennine Way) will allow you to visit the small but picturesque Brontë Waterfalls.
You can find out more about the Haworth and the association with the Brontë family including museum details and walks at the link below:


Food & Drink

There are limited places to get food on this section.   However, Hebden bridge has a supermarket and several convenience stores where supplies can be purchased. Or you can stop at the Packhorse Inn near Widdop.

Evening meal options near Ponden are quite limited however there are two possibilities within walking distance of the finish point of the stage.


The Packhorse Inn

A traditional country inn surrounded by moorland. Serves traditional pub meals. Check opening hours before you go as it isn't always open.


The Old Silent Inn, Ponden
Approximately a 10 minute walk along Hob Lane road to the East of the finishing point today, the Old Silent Inn has recently been refurbished and offers a cosy environment with hearty and fresh food served daily, and a selection of craft ales and lagers.


The Wuthering Heights, Stanbury
A traditional village pub with a beer garden and log stove for colder days. Traditional pub fare from local suppliers wtih vegan and gluten free options also. About 1 mile or a 20 minute walk from the route end. At the time of writing Wuthering Heights is only serving evening meals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Please check the website for up-to-date information.




Traffic lights at junction with A646 Halifax Road at Callis Bridge. (114 m)
OS Grid
SD 97165 26450
53.734440, -2.044447
53°44'04.0"N 2°02'40.0"W
30U 563033 5954399
Toon op de kaart


Pennine Way fingerpost at lane next to Ponden Reservoir dam wall.


*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn by turns to aid you on your walk from Calder Valley to Ponden. Whilst the Pennine Way is waymarked it can be featureless and off the beaten path at some sections so we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***


0.00km - START from the A646 junction at Callis Bridge. Cross the road at the traffic lights and TURN LEFT up the lane by the post box heading uphill under the railway bridge. After 150m BEAR LEFT on to the cobbled path and continue climbing steeply until you reach houses. When you reach the lane BEAR LEFT and continue uphill.

0.55km - As the lane starts to level out TURN RIGHT sharply at the fingerpost in front of a tall stone wall. Cross the stile and continue STRAIGHT ON the path.

0.85km - BEAR LEFT at the fork with the waymarker and continue uphill.

0.95km - At the top of the steps past the stone buildings and small waterfall TURN LEFT along the stone path and up the steps. Then TURN LEFT on to the lane and the fingerpost.

1.10km - TURN LEFT at the T-junction then TURN RIGHT on to the narrow path at the fingerpost. Go through the gate and continue STRAIGHT ON through the field.

1.65km - After crossing the stile join the track and continue STRAIGHT ON uphill. Cross a minor road and a wooden stile as the path continues through fields towards a small village. 

2.30km - Go through the gate and up the stone steps along the narrow path. 

2.45km – Cross the track and continue STRAIGHT ON down the steps to Colden Water. Cross the bridge and follow the stone path out of the river valley . BEAR LEFT at the marker post up the stone steps and follow the flagstone path.

2.85km – Cross the stile and go through the gate into the field. Then BEAR LEFT taking the path diagonally across the field. Go through the gate on the right-hand side and follow the path over the stile. TURN LEFT heading up the lane to reach the road at the village.

3.05km – Cross the road and continue STRAIGHT ON the narrow path uphill.

3.20km – TURN RIGHT on to the minor road then TURN LEFT immediately up the steps. The path climbs through a field and through a gate before continuing across more open moorland.

3.60km – BEAR LEFT at the cairn next to the barn and follow the well defined path across the moor.

6.45km – Cross a small wooden bridge at the fingerpost and TURN LEFT on to a gravel track heading downhill.

6.90km – Go through a large blue gate and continue STRAIGHT ON at the crossroads following the fingerpost down a grassy path.

7.20km – The path leads down to a valley where 2 streams converge. Cross two bridges then TURN LEFT following the path up the course of the second stream through a gate and up the valley.

7.50km – Ignore the stile and gate on the right-hand side and continue STRAIGHT ON the path parallel to the stream. After 100m cross over a stile and continue on the path.

7.75km – TURN RIGHT at the waymarker along a path between the walls and go through a gate to reach a road. TURN LEFT and follow the road for 400m.

8.20km – TURN RIGHT on to a path leading uphill at the fingerpost after the parking area. Go through the gate and continue STRAIGHT ON the road.

8.85km – BEAR LEFT at the fork after the cattle grid then continue STRAIGHT ON the road as it heads steadily up towards the reservoir.

9.50km – TURN RIGHT at the fingerpost on to the path leading down to the dam wall, go through the gate and continue across the dam. Once you reach the other side TURN LEFT and follow the footpath adjacent to the reservoir and up towards the second reservoir.

10.65km – When you reach the second dam BEAR LEFT on to the narrow signposted footpath next to the bywash. Ignore the road along the dam wall and the track uphill to the right-hand side. Cross the metal bridge over the bywash and continue STRAIGHT ON the path.

11.25km – TURN LEFT on to the gravel track and continue uphill through the gate away from the reservoir.

11.40km – TURN RIGHT at the fingerpost on to a narrow rocky path leading up into the moorland. The path improves with flagstones heading over the moor passing Top Withens. 

13.75km – BEAR LEFT at the fork in the path shortly after passing Top Withens following the signed route and a good wide track. Note: If you are staying in Haworth this evening, look out for the turning to the right which will take you along the Bronte Way into Haworth.

15.25km – BEAR LEFT at the fork just after the farm on the gravel lane.

15.65km – TURN LEFT over a gravel road at the fingerpost and take the path through the gate which drops steeply to the reservoir ahead.

16.00km – TURN RIGHT on to the gravel track at the bottom of the path then TURN LEFT at the junction.

16.25km – As the track reaches several driveways TURN RIGHT through a gate and continue downhill on the path.

16.60km – FINISH as the track reaches a lane in front of Ponden Reservoir.


*** This is the end of our Hebden Bridge to Ponden route, use your included documentation to find your overnight accommodation which will either be in Ponden or Haworth. ****


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OS Grid
SD 97165 26450
53.734440, -2.044447
53°44'04.0"N 2°02'40.0"W
30U 563033 5954399
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Hiking boots, warm and waterproof clothing are all required for the Pennine Way. The weather can be change quickly and even in the summer months it can be cold on the higher and more exposed sections of the route. Walking poles would also be benefitial to help with some of the tougher sections.

Ensure your phone is charged and you have a back up battery pack just in case. Always take plenty of food and fluids for a day’s walking as cafés and inns along the route are not always guaranteed to be open.

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Hoogste punt
450 m
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