Unfortunately Wyn had twisted his knee yesterday so we set out knowing that we had a long and difficult day ahead of us.
We left the Cross Inn (recommended) at 7.50 with no lunch. Fortunately May’s Aladdin’s Cave at High Gate opens at 7.00 so we could load up with food.
Suitably weighed down we crossed Heptonstall Moor and dropped down to Gorple Lower Reservoir, quickly followed by the Walshaw Reservoirs. Well – maybe not quickly – but we got past them.
Then came a long slog over Withins Height End to drop down to Top Withins, which is supposedly associated with Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. We stopped briefly for lunch.
Returning to the fray, we descended to Ponden Reservoir and began the interminable climb over Ickornshaw Moor.
By now Wyn was finding the rough trail very tough in both ascent and descent. Steep slopes were encountered at Further Dean Hole and Eller Hill before finally we could drop down to Ickornshaw arriving at 6.50.
Winterhouse Barn B&B was a very welcome sight and I had volunteered to go on to Cowling and get fish and chips for dinner. Disaster: the shop closed at 7.00! Our wonderful hosts immediately volunteered to take us to a local pub and collect us when we were ready. By 7.30 we were in the pub rehydrating on the local ales and trying the local delicacies.
Once back at Winterhouse Barn, we basically collapsed after a very long day. Wyn had been a trooper all day, never complaining but just keeping on going. A gutsy performance.