LittleboroughRipponden

Litrip two
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By Jane Taylor on 30 Mar 2022


Distance

14km/9mi

Ascent

415m

Descent

423m

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This is an amended version of Litrip One, corrected to allow access to the canal bridge at Littleborough. There are a couple of other changes which I made to improve the route after walking it.

This is a classic Pennine crossing from Lancashire to Yorkshire (or vv): plenty of steep ups and downs; and a certain amount of peat bog in the middle - how much will depend on current dry/wet conditions.

Walking West to East - The route climbs out of Littleborough, crosses a golf course, and then follows an old packhorse trail and an even older Roman road; there is a potential refreshment stop at the White House pub (may not be open).
After some road walking, cross the county boundary into Yorkshire, and then head off across country, where the ground may be soft and boggy, or else dry but awkwardly uneven and clumpy. Good map reading skills are valuable in this section in order to pass through the boggy part without going astray. You are heading for the small cairn on the ridge.

After Collin Hill the track improves, and once you reach the cairn the track down towards Ripponden is clear.
After coming off the moor there are a series of bridle paths which eventually lead to a pub, the Beehive. If you are tempted to drop in, note that the final road downhill to Ripponden is extremely steep, and there is some traffic, so best not to rush.
The meeting point is at the bus stop, where you can catch a bus to Sowerby Bridge or Halifax.

Although not an especially long route the hills and bogs can be challenging, and it feels remote in places

This is an amended version of Litrip One, corrected to allow access to the canal bridge at Littleborough. There are a couple of other changes which I made to improve the route after walking it.

This is a classic Pennine crossing from Lancashire to Yorkshire (or vv): plenty of steep ups and downs; and a certain amount of peat bog in the middle - how much will depend on current dry/wet conditions.

Walking West to East - The route climbs out of Littleborough, crosses a golf course, and then follows an old packhorse trail and an even older Roman road; there is a potential refreshment stop at the White House pub (may not be open).
After some road walking, cross the county boundary into Yorkshire, and then head off across country, where the ground may be soft and boggy, or else dry but awkwardly uneven and clumpy. Good map reading skills are valuable in this section in order to pass through the boggy part without going astray. You are heading for the small cairn on the ridge.

After Collin Hill the track improves, and once you reach the cairn the track down towards Ripponden is clear.
After coming off the moor there are a series of bridle paths which eventually lead to a pub, the Beehive. If you are tempted to drop in, note that the final road downhill to Ripponden is extremely steep, and there is some traffic, so best not to rush.
The meeting point is at the bus stop, where you can catch a bus to Sowerby Bridge or Halifax.

Although not an especially long route the hills and bogs can be challenging, and it feels remote in places

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Littleborough
Grid Ref SD9380516347
Lat / Lon 53.64361° / -2.09518°
Easting / Northing 393,805E / 416,347N
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Ripponden
Grid Ref SE0404919898
Lat / Lon 53.67555° / -1.94018°
Easting / Northing 404,049E / 419,898N
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Distance

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Ascent

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Descent

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