SD9912 : The Pennine Way, Rape Hill

taken 4 years ago, 3 km from Denshaw, Oldham, Great Britain

The Pennine Way, Rape Hill
The Pennine Way, Rape Hill
Leaving the top of Rape Hill, the path drops down towards the A640, Huddersfield Road, part of which can be made out crossing the moorland in the distance.
Marsden Moor Estate
In Norman times this area of the South Pennine Moorlands was largely forested and used as a hunting ground by the Lords of Pontefract. The manor was purchased by William Radcliffe in 1724 and remained in the possession of the Radcliffe family until 1955, when it was transferred into the care of the National Trust in lieu of death duties.

Today the estate comprises 5685 acres of unenclosed, ‘urban common’, moorland. Although owned and cared for by the National trust, local farmers “Commoners” also have grazing rights to the moor. In addition, there is a public right of access for ‘air and exercise’ – but only on foot!

The windswept landscape appears bleak and inhospitable but, in addition to providing grazing for sheep, it supports many ground nesting birds which breed here in such high numbers that the moor forms part of a site of Special Scientific Interest and an International Special Protection Area.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 9 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 16 June, 2013
Geographical Context
Uplands  Paths  Moorland 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 999 125 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:36.5487N 2:0.1156W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 999 125
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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