I came to hebden bridge to do lots of what I can't do in Kent, ie climb big hills. So the first thing I did when I got here was to look over the maps for the highest spot around, and that is Lad Law. It is 517m (not 507 as I said yesterday) or 1700ft.
According to the maps there is only one path to the summit, on the far side from here and too far to walk so I set off in the car to have a look. . after a while I came to the Widdup reservoir, it is a very scenic spot with a nice car park attached so I stopped there and looked at the map.. not too far from Lad Law, seemed doable, so I set off.
To cut a long day short, I had a wonderful time wandering over the moors, sometimes a path and sometimes not, but always on the roof of England, with amazing views and hardly any other people. I stopped by some rocks and cooked a gourmet meal (heat water, add some rice and a stock cube). As I was doing so a man came past wearing a mac and ordinary shoes; he said he came here twice a week but as it was raining he was going back now. . but it wasn't raining. . surreal. No wonder we need mountain rescue teams. I didn't see anyone else.
In the end I walked only about 8 miles, but it is hard going through the heather and peat bogs, finding your own route, and it felt like a lot more. But altogether it was a lovely day, perhaps the photos will explain why better than I can!