Once over the top, we crossed this small crack in the hillside, traversed through Stones Woods and then dropped down towards the road again.
The staircase down to road level wasn't the widest I've ever seen :)
Across the road, we entered the bottom of Gorpley Clough.
'Clough' is dialect, commonly used in the northern UK, and refers to a narrow gorge or ravine. The woods along Gorpley Clough qualify as ancient woodland, the site having been continuously wooded since before 1600.
In conjunction with Natural England and the Forestry Commission, Yorkshire Water is working to restore these woodlands to their original character. Predominant in this management, is the gradual removal of non-native tree species and the planting of oaks and other indigenous trees. Alongside the replanting will be the creation of deadwood habitats and the reintroduction of some native wildlife to the area, in order to recreate the varied ecosystem.
This small brook flows through the clough, its source being Gorpley Reservoir which is situated at the head of the ravine.
Waterfalls are formed where the brook flows over the more resistant sandstone, the softer mudstone having been eroded away.
The footpaths and bridges have also been improved to allow access to visitors via a defined route.
Calderdale Council has designated this area of woodland as a Local Nature Reserve and it is good to know that such a pretty place is protected.