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Reservoir, Griffe Mill and snowy moorsThe Mighty River Worth

The history of Keighley and of all the Pennine villages is the story of water. This is wonderful adventure for fans of the Industrial Revolution, water engineering and the landscape of the Millstone Grits.

The mighty River Worth is a tiny river, less than ten miles long and yet the wealth that it helped to create and the fresh water it helps to provide have played such a central role in the history of this valley. Our walk is an exploration of the top of the valley from Watersheddles to Vale Mill.

We begin our walk at Scartop, beside Carol and Phillip Mellin’s Farm, recently featured in the ITV series ‘The Dales’. From there we explore the workings of Watersheddles Reservoir before crossing the moor to Ponden Hall and on into the shadow of Griffe Mill.

We climb the valley to Oldfield and descend again through Calvert’s Farm and down to Lumb Foot.

From here we cross into Sladen Beck and explore Lower Laithe before following the contour to the edge of Haworth. A quick decent to Long Bridge and here we follow the River Worth down to Vale Mill and its myriad of goits and sluices.

Our destination is Haworth Station and the promise of tea.

The walk is a good five hours at a gentle pace and covers some rough terrain. The landscape is breathtaking and the views are spectacular whatever the weather.


It’s essential to have good walking shoes, waterproofs and a day sack. It can be cold on top of the Pennines and layers are recommended. There are wonderful photo opportunities so please bring your camera.

You will also need to bring water, a packed lunch and some fruit. The guide will have some flapjack just to keep you going.

We will be using the Ordnance Survey Map 0L21.


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