Our Annual Long Walk - 5th Sept 2015 - The Bradford Ringway

The Bradford Ringway. Vermuyden long walk  Sat 5th September.

It was decided to start the walk from Apperley Bridge to do most of the hill walking in the first half of the walk. Seven of us started the walk at 7.30am on a sunny, dry and part cloudy day.

We began the route on the Leeds Country Way over the hills and past Calverley on the Calverley Ring Way, through Tong where we had our elevenses, the route past Birkenshaw and along side of the M62 to Scholes for lunch followed the Kirklees Way.

We had refreshments from the aptly named The Walkers Arms public house and fish and chips from the local chippie in Scholes.

We continued from Bailiff Bridge and picked up The Calderdale Way on to Shelf (past a surprising waterfall - ed: I knew where i was at all times :-) through Norwood Green and onto Calder Banks at Old Dolphin we reached the highest point on the walk and looked towards the Emley Moor transmitter and Roy had to restrain himself from walking towards it and continued on with us. The view was smashing.

We then continued on over many more hills towards and through Thornton (the birthplace of the Bronte sisters and the Bronte Way) a few more hills took us to Cottingley where we encountered a music festival but Aaron would not allow us to take part.

We then eventually reached the Leeds and Liverpool canal to Saltaire where the old mills have been converted to offices and apartments and just proved what a fantastic job can be done with the old mills. We then raced on to our destination at the George and Dragon at Apperley Bridge and arrived at 8.30pm after 34.5miles and 3000ft of ascent.

Six of us had a meal and drink at the George and Dragon before departing for home. Well done Aaron and thanks for planning and leading the walk.