Exploring SE0023

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Footpath 112

Footpath 112(A)

The south-western end of this branch of Footpath 112 starts at Hey Clough, where FP114 crosses FP115 - a five-way junction. It is the path that curves left after the broken-down stile, and then swings round to the right

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This gateway has slanting grooves in at least one of the posts. Perhaps the gate was lifted in an out, rather than being rotated on hinges. The trees are on the edge of Deacon Hill Wood.

The path comes to a corner of Deacon Hill Wood, and runs along the bottom of a former field, now heathland.

Here the path approaches Plod Well Rough, a name that suggests that the fields that have reverted to heathland have only ever been rough rather than improved pasture.

Looking back along the path, with Deacon Hill Wood on the right.

This is where FP112(A) (The view is looking back along it to the right) crosses FP112(B), which comes indistinctly from the left.

Walking through the heath is slow, and there is a tendency to lose one's balance! The dashed line on the large-scale OS map is wishful thinking.

The route on the map is a little to the left, through the trees. Soon this branch of the path joins FP112(B), which is described next.


Footpath 112(B)

This branch starts on the driveway to Plod Well (the house in this image) at the junction with FP113. This driveway is for practical purposes on the Calderdale Way, which turns left along FP115 Just before the house is reached. FP112 continues past the house.

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I thought at the time that this path is blocked by the retaining wall. The rights-of-way map suggests that it goes up the slope from the corner of the yard, but it does not look to be an easy scramble. It is part of the Calderdale Way, but it seems that people walk along the driveway of Plod Well (FP112 and FP113) instead.

To the east of Plod Well FP112(B) continues in a grassy lane.

This gate leads onto the heathland of Plod Well Rough.

The path crosses over FP112(A) and runs alongside this ruined wall.

When this waymark is reached, you can go straight forward along the lane, which although waymarked is not on the rights-of-way map. The public footpath goes up the hillside to the right.

the path follows the wall up the hillside. It is shown as a lane on the 1850 map.

This is looking back down from where the two branches of the path meet.

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Footpath 112(C)

This lane is shown on the 1850 map. You can walk along it without difficulty but not enough people do so to create a visible path.

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You then come to this little gate. Beyond this gate there is a junction with FP131, which is a link to FP110.

This is a clearer view of the gate from the other side.

There is then another gate, and steps up to Kirby Cote Lane, which is the driveway to Owlet Hill.

Here Kirby Cote Lane becomes the driveway in the grounds of Owlet Hill. The rights-of-way map shows Hebden Royd Path 112 going along the driveway and then turning left just before the house.

The path goes through this little gate on the left, not quite where it is shown on the map, and down the field to another similar gate.

This is the gate at the bottom of the field.

Opposite the gate in the previous image a branch of FP112 goes diagonally across a field that has reverted to heath, to join FP114.

The path rejoins the grassy lane, the one that is not on the rights-of-way map, and curves round to the left.

This is looking back up the path from where FP114 crosses it.

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The northern end of this path is rather difficult. From the foot of the lane shown in the previous image, the route of the path goes steeply down the hillside through bracken. You will cross an unofficial path that comes through Deacon Hill Wood and joins Footpath 114. I suggest that you follow FP114 to the NNE, and when you reach the stile and notice, about keeping dogs on a lead, double back to the left and follow the trodden path until you get to the end of the barbed-wire fence that is on your right. You have then reached FP112 and can turn right down the hillside, bearing a little to the right so that you can scramble down a steep bit where the hillside has been terraced long ago. Further left there is a rough retaining wall. Then find your way around the trees; you can certainly o round the left side of them, or might be able to follow the wall to the right - I haven't tried that. Oast the trees you can see a house, Fair View. The path is between a stone wall and a fence on the left side of the house. It is used for dumping garden refuse, but was clear in early December 2013. This image shows the end of the path at New Lane.

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