Exploring SE0023

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Footpaths to the south-east of Cragg Road

Footpath 91

Footpath 91(A) - New Lane

This is New Lane at its junction with Cragg Road. How new? Older than 1835 anyway, as Myers's map of 1835 shows it zigzagging up the hillside.

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Soon there is a house, Fair View, on the right, and just before it FP112(C) goes to the right. After the house the lane is no longer used by vehicles and grass has grown across it. FP114(D) goes over a little stile to the right, cutting across the zigzag of New Lane.

A private driveway comes up from Cragg Road to join New Lane, which is the grass track passing the tree. From here New Lane is paved with these concrete strips. Soon the lane reaches the first sharp bend at Smithy Steads Farm.

At the bend Footpath 91(B) goes off northwards.

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At Smithy Steads Farm, New Lane turns sharply to the SSW. This view is looking back down the lane from the top of Footpath 114(D), which is on the left.

{Opposite FP114(D), FP91(A) cuts across the curved bend of New Lane, which was not constructed until the mid-20C according to the OS maps}

{This is the top of FP91(A) as it cuts across the bend of New Lane near Lower Brig Hey. FP114(C) goes up some steps across the lane behind this viewpoint.

{Above Lower Brig Hey the lane is narrow and steep.

The next path junction is with FP106(B), opposite Higher Brig Hey.

Soon there is a grassy triangle on the left, off which FP106(A) goes off to the north-east, and FP107 to the south-east. This image shows the two stiles and waymarks.

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This is looking down the lane from the next corner, where FP110 goes south-westwards.

At the next path junction we meet Footpath 107 again. Looking back down the lane we see a dilapidated stile on FP107 westwards. A few metres further up it comes over a stile from the east. Further up, New Lane turns left and out of the square.

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Footpath 91(B)

This is FP91(B), leading to Upper Birks and Twist Clough.

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FP91(B) leaves New Lane and comes along the fence to meet this lane, which is FP91(B) in the foreground and FP105 going up the hill. The driveway goes to Old House Farm, but the footpath leaves it before the farm is reached and goes to Coppy Nook Lane.

Here FP91(B) goes downwards towards Upper Birks farm, along the driveway that will turn left to Cragg Road.

Where the driveway bends to the left past Glen House to Cragg Road, the footpath carries straight on.

This is a new stile across a new fence. The steps have been scored to reduce the risk of slipping.

This is the next stile. There was possibly a gate here, as there is what looks like the remains of a hinge bracket. The block of stone seems to be merely symbolic.

Here the path goes through a gate into the garden of Upper Birks Farm. It goes along the front of the houses, although after the first one there is a driveway that is perhaps a better route.

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Footpath 105

This path starts off FP91(B) at Smithy Steads Farm and climbs gently up the driveway of Old House Farm.

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A gateway on the driveway to Old House Farm.

The blue mark on the stone towards the right of the image suggests that a water main crosses here, possibly the Withens Clough to Morley main.


Footpath 106

Footpath 106(A)

The path comes over this stile from New Lane.

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I suspect that this wall is ancient, built during medieval piecemeal enclosures. At some point FP106 crosses it from left to right, and goes to the right of the wall corner in the centre of the image, not through the field gate.

The farm buildings belong to Old House Farm.

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Footpath 106(B)

This branch path starts through this gate on New Lane.

The path comes over this stile to join the main path.

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