Expected rain today and got wet before lunch then perspired for a while before ditching the waterproofs around midday. Energising climb out of Ponden up to Top Withens (google it!) with views back towards Haworth and the path we took yesterday.
Cracking on I descended towards the reservoirs at Widdop and got mistaken for a participant in the Hebden Bridge Boundary race (google that as well!). I sped on past Gorple and over the moor to Colden with the later target of Stoodley Pike now visible on the horizon. The steep descent into Hebble Hole and climb back out drove the waterproof off decision as I raced to make the 1pm meeting with Cath in Charlestown and welcomed the return of Jan and Dave Smith, Dave would be walking this afternoon. Lunch over and rain possible, Dave and I ambled quite comfortably up the path, past another useless stile and crested the final climb to Stoodley Pike, now rather larger than earlier in the day!
The wind was getting chilly so we kept going for the haul over the moor, around a diversion at Warland reservoir before eventually conversing our way along the track past 2 more reservoirs to The White House pub and our camp for tonight. The views across the Manchester conurbation to the south west and all the way to Snowdonia were fabulous. Penultimate day on the PW tomorrow.