486 Ovenden Moor

Thwarted by a flash flood which swept away the paths around Ogden Water we followed instead the old packhorse way up onto Ovenden Moor. Gritstone cliffs stand poised above a steep sided clough and ahead stretches a wild moor. Though a windfarm spreads itself across the western flanks, the views are of Ilkley Moor and a great sweep of Pennine moorland, while Nab Hill is adorned not with just one cairn, but several, each a work of craftsmanship celebrating a noble viewpoint.

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LOCATION: Four miles north-west of Halifax
START: Ogden Water signed from A629, toilets
Grid ref: SE066309 Postcode: HX2 8XZ
DISTANCE: 6 miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - South Pennines Landranger 104
NOTE: Car park locked at dusk
REFRESHMENTS: Visitor Centre, snacks & drinks
EN ROUTE: Thornton

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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