10 Feb 2019

With the annual Brow Hike just 7 weeks away, we thought we ought to check out parts of the route, and what better way than another afternoon hike?
The day was sunny with no wind and we let St Paul’s and walked down the canal to Copley. The sky went black and the un-forecast rain started and we took shelter in St Stephens’s church at Copley. The Cubs spent 10 minutes exploring this now unused building until the rain stopped and the sun came out once more.
A stiff walk up the …

20 Jan 2019

First hike of the year, a simple, but interesting walk with good views, not that Cubs would notice being too content talking continuously to their friends! One of my favourite short walks.
From Sowerby Bridge a steep climb up the road to Scar Head and then an even steeper climb up a foot path brought us out close to the Hobbit – its steep, but now we are at the top! A short bit of road leads to a lovely mainly level path that heads off up the valley to …

7 Oct 2018

Another afternoon hike while the good weather holds, although overcast and cooler this time. The hike followed the church parade in the morning. We walked a route that we rarely do as its not as nice as the ones over Norland, in our opinion, because there are more roads to walk on.

From St Paul’s, climbing up the hillside towards Warley, using whatever footpaths we can in deference to roads we arrive at Friendly. Al climb up Water Lane and into the fields past Hoyle House Farm. I ask the Cubs how …

23 Sep 2018

An afternoon hike along one of our favourite routes, from Sowerby Bridge to Triangle via the old railway track; a peaceful walk although it can be muddy in wet weather. From Triangle a steep climb up a cobbled track, easy going up, but slippery coming down – we always avoid coming down this way. The track winds up through Longley, occasionally steep at times, before arriving at Moor Bottom Lane by the old Children’s Home.

A climb up through the old quarries before arriving on the moor top. Here is a …

12 May 2018

This years JOTT Hike (Jamboree on the Trail) followed the same route as we did 2 years ago.
We caught the train from Sowerby Bridge to Todmorden and walked along the canal side to Castle Street, before climbing the hill to Mankinholes; steep, but fairly short. From here we climbed up the stone slabbed footpath to Withins Gate; steep but quite long. From here a gentle climb and we’re on the top with Stoodley Pike just a 15 minute level walk away. We sat down for lunch on a grassy bank …

13 May 2017

After the previous years JOTT hike I issued a challenge to our Cubs – walk 10 miles in one day – the “Big Ten”. I had every confidence that they could all do this, but to make it easier we organised a circular walk around Norland Moor, with each circuit being 2½ miles long. This way, if any needed to drop out they could do so at the end of a circuit and we would never be more than a mile from the base.
At the same time we decided to …