Rescue Ramble 2013 – 23 miles is not a ramble!

As part of the team’s fundraising efforts for a new Headquarters, Holme Valley Mountain Rescue team held their first ever ‘Rescue Ramble’ on Saturday. Over 80 participants came along to the walk, billed as a challenge event.

With three distances – 8,16 and 23 miles – circling Holmfirth, the walk was anything but a ramble.

Starting at Armitage Bridge the route headed up to Castle Hill,


then across the tops through Thurstonland and Hepworth, occasionally skirting off on to the Kirklees Way (as a better footpath in sections)DSCF4957

towards Yateholme and the Digley Reservoirs, before heading back through Upperthong, Netherthong and Honley.


Knowing that the route didn’t head onto the moorland in the team’s area, I assumed that once up at Castle Hill it would be little ups and downs around the valley. Idiot. The 23 mile route was certainly a challenge in order to complete in under 9 hours, as it dropped into valleys only to rise back out again. 1125m ascended in total over the day.

So, I don’t care if I’m part of the team, I deserved the badge! If you fancy the challenge, the Rescue Ramble is to be an annual event.



2 Replies to “Rescue Ramble 2013 – 23 miles is not a ramble!”

  1. I would have done this (certainly 16 but was aiming for the 23 miles) but then realised I was in London on the same weekend. A couple of friends took part and enjoyed the day – if that’s the right word 😉 .. I’ll look out for it next year.

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