Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire.


Our February walk at Hebden Bridge was one we shall remember for quite a long time.

Our usual long walk leader Peter Wilson was unable to make this month's walk, so Phil Bullen lead the walk from Todmorden to Hebden Bridge.  Persistent rain all day made life uncomfortable for all concerned.  After about a mile of steep climbing one of the walkers was taken ill resulting in a 999 call, which was answered initially by the West Yorkshire Air Ambulance.  After treatment by the paramedics the walker was transported for further tests in a rapid response ambulance that had managed to access the farm track.  I am pleased to say they have made a full recovery.  Further delays resulted in the walk being shortened and a late finish in Hebden Bridge.

Our shorter walk was lead by John Lenagan.  We had chosen a scenic route from Hebden Bridge up to Gibson Mill, passing by the local cricket fields and river.  We walked up some very steep steps along a country lane until we reached a scout hut.  From here we were supposed to walk down to the river and along the stepping stones, unfortunately they had been washed away during the recent storms.  We tried to follow a diversion, but found the path was very difficult to climb in the wet weather conditions.  So we decided to reverse our route back to Hebden Bridge and wait for the coach and the other group.