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‘Monkey Nick’ Ramsden Reservoir Walk (4.5 miles)

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On the Ordnance Survey maps the big clough which cuts deep into the moors here is called Ramsden Clough but to locals it’s known as Monkey Nick. There’s a fading story from (I think) between the wars which tells of a circus coming to Holmfirth and losing one of it’s acts up in the clough. This was back in the day when animals were a big part of the circus. I’ve heard a number of slightly different versions of the story but all tell of a monkey running off from the circus and taking refuge high up in Ramsden Clough for anything from a few weeks to several years! I hope it had a top coat.

This is a lovely walk into a quiet area. it does involve some climbing and rough paths in the clough but is worth the effort.

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Walk sent into us by Andy Leader of Made in Holmfirth.

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