With Carl and Jess. It seemed not a bad morning driving up the M1 but by the time I got to Holmfirth it was looking pretty miserable. From Holme to the Digley Reservoir was a pleasant walk across pasture with good views down the Holme valley. It can be cow-populous hereabouts but not on this midwinter's day. We carried on still very pleasantly along he Kirklees Way past Goodbent Lodge.
You can take a long way round here to connect with the Pennine Way by Wessenden Head but it made more sense to dead left down the path hat branches off soon after Goodbent Lodge, contouring round the hillside to join the west end of Issues Road. Just as the latter starts to line up in front of you coming round the last corner a post marks a good path heading west then northwest to join the Pennine Way a rather bleak mile short of the top of Black Hill. At one point I had nursed thoughts of following the watershed round and coming down Ramsden Clough but the rain and very string wind made it pretty unpleasant up here so we simply retraced out steps down to Issues Road which we followed easily back down to Holme where the Fleece cooked us up a nice bar lunch.