Peak District hike April 2019 travel blog

Marsden moor

Having a breather

High crag

Day 4 Diggle to Holmfirth (16.5 miles)

The days walk from Diggle was to another working farm located in Holmfirth. After a light breakfast I headed north up a rugged track uphill to Brun Clough reservoir where I headed across Marsden moor eastwards on the Pennine way. For thd next couple of hours I was walking on a easy going national trail. True Marsden moor is bleak but not withiut its charms nontheless on such a lovely sunny day.

The easy going and farewell to the Pennine way came with a steep, risky descent to Wessenden reservoir. My route of direction along the edge of two reservoirs was northwards and the fine weather, this Saturday, had brought out many walkers and cyclists. I was thinking what an easy day this was when the early afternoon bought a steep climb up to Holme moor which was national trust land with high crags soaring high above the moorland

The weather, although welcome was thirst generating especially after salty bacon and beans for breakfast and at my second stop I was left with only a third of my 1.5 litre supply. By mid afternoon my supply had gone as I tackled the last two hours.

As 4pm approached I made a small diversion to the Huntsman not too far from my overnight stay. Drinking the ice cold beer my mind wandered to that scene in 'Ice cold in Alex' when John Mills uttered the immortal words ,'well worth waiting for' as he downed a Carlsberg in Alexandria. There was nothing for it after 16.5 miles a taxi to my 'digs'

Wow what a place it was. My modern room had a sitting room with leather settee, an adjoining double bedroom and a pristine shower room. As the place offered cold snacks and an honesty box and Norwich won 4-0 and would be on the TV at 9pm that made up by evening plans.

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