The path now leads across the beck and climbs slightly to a stile. Cross it, skirt a very wet patch and climb on to the next stile by a gate leading on to a lane.
Fields, woodland, lanes – and a railway – feature in our latest excursion into the wonderful scenery which lies on our doorstep.
BY the corner of the churchyard in Farnley Tyas a public footpath (PF) sign points along an unsurfaced lane.
At the far end of this, pass through the stile by a gate and follow the wall on your left to the road.
Turn right along it for a few yards to a stile on the left. The next few fields may be under crops at certain times of the year, but usually the stile one is making for is clearly visible. In the first field bear very slightly right to the stile in the opposite wall.
Keep on the same line across the next field. Now bear slightly left and pass to the left of a telegraph pole to a stile in the wall opposite.
Walk straight across the next field to another stile and keep on, with the wall on your left, to the next stile. Now bear slightly left across the next field to a stile a few yards to the right of a tree. Bear very slightly left across the next field to the next stile 15 yards to the right of another solitary tree and then walk straight over the next field, which is a large one, to a stile and PF sign at the road.
Turn left along the road, but after 70 yards go right at the junction. The road drops, bears left and right, and begins to climb again. At the PF sign on the left, cross the stile and follow the wall on your right to the next stile.
Cross the next field to another stile a few yards to the right of the beck. The path now leads across the beck and climbs slightly to a stile. Cross it, skirt a very wet patch and climb on to the next stile by a gate leading on to a lane. Turn right along the lane, pass in front of some cottages and follow the clear path into the wood.
The path climbs slightly to follow the wall on the left. When you reach a stile in this wall, do not cross it, but turn right down the hill. Soon you have another wall on your left and you find yourself in an old lane.
This leads across a footbridge to a stile. Walk up with the wall on the left to cross two more stiles. Pass into the wood and drop down on a clear path to another footbridge. Continue up the other side to a stile leading across the Huddersfield to Penistone railway (take care!).
Cross the stile at the other side and walk up the next field to a stile in the top lefthand corner. Across it, follow the wall on the right to a stile by a gate leading on to a road.
Cross straight over the road, go through the gate and follow the wall on the right. The path leads through several gateways and stiles and comes to a row of trees behind a facing wall.
Here cross the stile and then immediately another one on the right and follow the wall/fence on your right to the next stile. Cross diagonally left over the next field to another stile to the right of a tree and continue with the wall on your right through two more fields to a stile at a road.
Turn left, then immediately right at the T-junction. The village down on your left is Fulstone. Follow the road, ignoring a side-road on the right, until it begins to descend.
Opposite the gate into Old Biggin Farm on the left take the unsurfaced lane on the right. After 100 yards find a stile by a gate on the right, which leads to a clear path slanting left up the hillside.
The views to the left are improving all the time. In the second field the path forks, and you follow the right-hand, steeper branch which climbs to a stile in the top wall. Bear slightly right and climb to a broad gap in the wall in the top corner of the field (if you would like even better views you could bear further right and reach a nearby trig point). Pass through the gap and follow the wall on your right down towards the village of Thurstonland. Just before the houses the path enters a ginnel and reaches the road by some steps.
Turn right for a few yards to reach the main road. Left across it is a gateway with a disused stile a few yards to the right of it. Pass through the gateway, walk forward a few yards and then bear left between the houses into an old lane.
Again there are fine views left. Where the lane ends continue on the track with the wall/fence on the left.
Soon you will see two gateways ahead with a stile between them. Cross this and follow the wall on your right. Here there is a bench to rest on and admire the view.
Cross the next stile and cross the next large field to a stile by a gate at the far side, passing a protruding wall corner on the right on the way. Follow the wall on your right and at the end of the field enter the lane on the right.
Before this bends left cross a stile on the left and follow the right-hand edge of the field, leaving it by a stile beside a gate. Continue past the house to the road.
Turn right along the road for a few yards to a PF sign on the left. The path follows the line of the road for a few yards, then slants left up across the rough ground. On reaching the cultivated ground bear slightly right across it to a stile by a gorse bush. Keeping the same line, cross three more fields (stiles) to reach a lane. Turn right to the road and left along it.
Now you can either follow this road back to the car or, in a few yards, before the farm, cross a stile in the wall on the right and follow the fence on your left down to a stile by a gate.
Cross it and follow the wall on your left as far as the end of the garden on the other side of it. Now bear slightly right to a stile in the wall ahead. Here you rejoin your outward route, crossing two more fields to a stile and returning to Farnley Tyas by the lane.