Peak District Walks
Date: 19th September 2009
Distance: 7.8 miles
Ascent: 1678 feet
Time: 4 hours 30 mins
Start Grid Ref: SE099106
An exceptionally easy walk to West Nab, one of the most northerly summits in the Peak District.
Route Summary: Meltham - Royd Edge - West Nab - Wessenden Reservoir - Wessenden Head - Springs Road - Magdalen Road - Royd Edge Clough - Meltham
1. Royd Edge Clough
2. West Nab from Royd Edge
3. Cock Crowing Stone? You decide.
4. Approaching the top of West Nab
5. Matt on the rocks of West Nab
6. The whiter than white trig on West Nab
7. Looking towards Kirklees from West Nab
8. West Nab
9. Wessenden Reservoir
10. Wessenden Valley from the dam of Wessenden Head Reservoir
11. Black Hill - the Holme Moss transmitter can be seen on the skyline to the left
Walk Detail: This was a significant walk for 3 reasons, firstly it was the longest walk due to my knee problems that I'd managed since April, secondly it was the first time I'd been to the Peak District in 13 months and finally it was the first time I'd been walking with Matt since our soggy slog on Nine Standards a year and a half before.
The walk itself featured a steady climb to a nice summit with good views and plenty of gritstone on show. The views could have been better due to the haze left by the dissipating mist. That is being picky though because the sun at least came out for us which was more than it looked like doing.
From the summit we did a bit of cross country walking to drop down to the Pennine Way along the attractive Wessenden Valley with its reservoirs and striking profile of Pule Hill. The rest of the walk was fairly easy despite some muddy moments in Royd Edge Clough.