Thursday, 28 June 2012

Mark Silver Completes His 'Stroll'

[caption id="attachment_3339" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Mark at Oakwell Hall, near the finish[/caption]

He did it! We're delighted to report Mark Silver completed his walk around the Kirklees Way yesterday afternoon :)

[caption id="attachment_3340" align="alignleft" width="150"] Mark's route - apologies for the small size![/caption]

Having started on Saturday, in the 5 days of his 72 mile walk Mark has tackled floods (which he says was his low point of the walk), being reported on in the local newspaper and the shock of forgetting his Kendal Mint Cake.

Mark's route was as follows:

  • Day 1 - Birstall to Thornhill Edge

  • Day 2 - Thornhill Edge to Shepley

  • Day 3 - Shepley to Scammonden Dam

  • Day 4 - Scammonden Dam to Scholes

  • [caption id="attachment_3358" align="alignright" width="150"] 'Every week should be art week'[/caption]

    Day 5 - Scholes to Birstall

Judging by his remarks and progress pictures on Twitter, Mark has a great liking for Holmfirth and the beauty of the reservoirs seen whilst walking through the Pennines (particularly the isolation at Wessenden, which was Mark's highlight). After seeing his tweet about seeing the 'wrong' side of Castle Hill, I thought he'd also got lost. It turned out he's used to viewing it from the other side.

[caption id="attachment_3350" align="alignleft" width="150"] *that* cafe in Holmfirth[/caption]

After completing his walk, Mark said:

This has been a much bigger challenge than I had expected. After heavy rain the day before, the first day became quite tricky. Many of the paths were flooded, so I had to find an alternative route, which meant I had to make up time over the next days. Day three was the most enjoyable, as I finally got up to the Pennines, and the route took me past three very picturesque reservoirs. I had the views all to myself for around two hours before getting back to civilisation. This walk has been challenging but rewarding, and I'm already wondering what I'm going to do in 2013!

[caption id="attachment_3352" align="alignleft" width="600"] Wessenden reservoir[/caption]

The map and images in this post - apart from the one of Mark at the top - are taken from the fantastic set of pictures he posted up on Twitter during his walk. I'll be showing a further selection next week.



  1. Well done Mark - brilliant achievement!

  2. It's been a pleasure following and chatting to you on Twitter this week, Mark. Fantastic achievement.

  3. Mark Cashmore, Chief Executive9 July 2012 at 07:00

    Well done Mark. It must have been quite daunting to have started with a diversion owing to floods. Thank goodness you completed your walk before the next deluge!