Guests Annette + Sophie and their dogs Cara + Floss share their favourite walks from Rough Top.
When you have an Irish Wolfhound and a delicate whippet-cross who loves nothing but zooming about but has already had surgery on her front leg following a fall, you have to plan days out a bit more carefully. Quite often we have followed walks only to find that there are stiles/ kissing gates which are not wolfhound compatible due to Cara’s size or being ‘too scary’ to fit through 😊 We have discovered that to avoid having to re-trace our steps, it is best to use Bridleways or dog-friendly walks and thankfully there are quite a few within a short drive from Roughtop cottage which were lovely. Here are some of our favourites!
1.Hardcastle Craggs – Mill Walk (starting at Clough Hole car park on Widdop Road)
If you park at the National Trust Car Park at Widdop Road which is a short drive from Roughtop on the way to Hebden Bridge it is £5 for the day and takes you to Gibson Mill via a lovely downhill path with a stream down to your left. There is a stone stile which both the dogs managed to get over but there is a gate next to it too which is helpful. Follow the Mill Walk path through the woods which gradually descends to the Mill (past the picnic area and toilet block). Go over the bridge near the mill and turn right towards the river. If you walk along the riverbank in the direction of the main carpark it is a less busy route and has lots of things for dogs to sniff plus a few good places for a paddle.