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.
RustplaatsenThe 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
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.
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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