Monday, 24 January 2011

Water Sheddles Cross and Haworth Spa Wells

Woke up to a murky grey Monday but the Bears Fir cone and piece of seaweed said “go Southeast” consulting the To Visit folder brought up Water Sheddles Cross SD 971 383
This seven-foot tall monolith, up until the year 1618 it was known simply as just a ‘standing stone’, when it seems that the words “Hanging Stone or Water Sheddles Cross” were thereafter carved on its west-face
Looking over the stone to Watersheddles reservoir
just to the right in the above picture there's a spring in the rocks which may explain it's original siting ?
Back to the van and carried on passed Ponden reservoir through Stanbury and turned right onto the Oxenhope road to park at Grove hill dike car park on Penistone hill SE 018 361 Following the track by the wall rather the one onto the moor. Passing a weathering  into the landscape sign above Leeshaw reservoir
Looking forward
 and back to Leeshaw reservoir

 with a telephoto of the Valve tower looking like a fine garden Gazebo

 with Spa Hill Clough on the right
looking up Spa hill Clough
there's no one beating a path to the Spa nowerdays with a quote from the Keighley News of May 1867
 ‘A large assembly met on Spa Sunday on the moors about two miles from Haworth, and a party of musicians from Denholme performed sacred music’. from There's not much to see 144 years later
though there were some fossils about
and some frozen puddles still, which made some of the boggier ground easier to pass over, like the Siberian permafrost tundra, it only needed the odd woolly Mammoth sticking out ! but probably Bruno Super-Dawg has passed by ?
It was a keen wind and having passed a really sheltered zero wind spot on the way up I made my way back to it and soon had steam up for a coffee with a glass of Californian Petite Sirah for the Bear. Out of the wind and in sunshine I could almost have nodded off.
there were more fossils on the path on the way back I wonder how many have walked over and not noticed ?
Maybe I see them through collecting them in the past indeed allot of camping expeditions centred around boulder missions, some of my collection in the garden at home

 back to the walk made my way back to the van still in sunshine so the Fir cone was right ! passed this walled in on the way back
 just thought I'd share - cheers all Danny

just to add a post script for Justine who made a comment - here's a Big standing stone and a link
link :-
cheers Danny


  1. Interesting post - "special" wells. I picked up a lump of fossil tree in an old coal mine spoil heap above Nenthead a few weeks ago. The other place to find good examples of these is along the change in rocks from carboniferous to lake district base-layer stuff on the East edge of the Pennine outliers along the Eden Pennine scarp - Knock Pike, for instance.... They're in the gritstone, obviously..
    Superdawg has been up the Haworth moors by the way - but not recently!

  2. Amazing that you can still find fossils lying around with all the victorians who must have been up there.

  3. looked through photo's it seems a bit of a boggy area ...the standing stone may end up sinking further into the ground... he's a big one.....

  4. Hello Justine,No the Teddy is only 11" tall !
    Oh you mean the Standing Stone,it's not very big I'll post a photo and a link onto the Blog to show you a Big one.
    thanks for the reply Danny