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Winter Walks Programme 2016 - 2017


Holy Face


In 19th century it was believed that the name HALIFAX derived from
HOLY FACE. So when a new Market was built in 1890s, this fine stone
carving got pride of place above the central doorway on the top side


Our winter programme has fortnightly walks – all but one of them are on Sundays. 
No pre-booking required, just turn up and pay the Guide – its £3 (all ages)

Walks suitable for powered wheelchairs are shown by the wheelchair symbol (though a short diversion may be needed in places).

Almost all starting points are served by public transport. Well behaved dogs on leads are allowed on walks unless indicated by the No Dogs symbol.


For enquiries, please email us at : CdaleHeritageWks@aol.com


Walks Winter Programme 2016 - 2017

Sunday 16th October


You can expect a mediaeval village to hold memories that you might not find in standard local histories. With John you'll learn about wart-curers, protective charms, ghosts and more. Churchyard paths can be slippery if wet.


Meet John Billingsley at 2.15 p.m.at Heptonstall Bowling Club Car Park. extended walk

Sunday 23rd October

hove edge

Now (almost) a Brighouse suburb but was an isolated hamlet in earlier times. The special features include a former private railway system, clothiers, stone mines, WW2 sites, a house from 1500s and a former tripe works. Would you believe it – and that's not all!


Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 p.m. by the Dusty Miller P.H. on A.644 in Hove Edge.

Sunday 30th October

dark hALIFAX

This revised walk recalls the severed heads, ghosts, creaking gibbets, strange burials and other peculiarities – like the guilty pig – historically associated with Halifax's ancient centre.


Meet John Billingsley at 2.15 p.m. by the West Gate (top gate) of Halifax Piece Hall. (Churchyard paths can be slippery when wet)

extended walkwheelchair friendly

Sunday 6th November


Looking at aspects of rural and industrial life down the years in part of Luddenden Dean . Stout footwear needed. [ Turn north off A.646 at Luddenden Foot for Booth ].


Meet Iain Cameron by Booth Cricket Club 2.00 p.m.

Sunday 20th November

The Old Churchyard and around

Lightcliffe old church has gone, but the graves remain and local researchers have discovered lots of facts relating to them, the church and interesting features in the area around.

Meet Ian Philp at the Old Churchyard (opposite the Sun Inn on A649) at 2.00 p.m.

Sunday 4th December


Ripponden's fine buildings, textile history and the changes of recent years combine to make a fascinating story which goes back 1,000 years.

Meet Anne Kirker by Ripponden Parish Church gates (HX6 4DG) at 2.00 p.m.

Saturday 17th December

Halifax markets

There have been more markets in town than you might think. Find out more about them. Includes a visit 'Behind the scenes' at the Borough Market. Note – it is on Saturday.

Meet David Nortcliffe by the Piece Hall's North Gate (Woolshops side) at 2.00 p.m.

Sunday 1st January 2017

hebden bridge 1760 - 1910

At the start of that period there were around half a dozen buildings there – but the 'Industrial Revolution' changed all that. We'll look at various aspects of the area's expansion.

Meet David Nortcliffe by the Tourist Information Centre on A646 at 2.00 p.m.

Sunday 15th January

Odd tod!!

Straddling a historically fluid county border, Todmorden has acquired a name for strange, and sometimes dark, historical (and contemporary) happenings.

Meet John Billingsley outside Todmorden Town Hall at 2.00 p.m.

Sunday 29th January

around saville park

Appleyard, Akroyd & Albert plus Toffee, Tower & Trams – all these crop up as we discover how this present-day suburb evolved from an open common.

Meet Iain Cameron by St. Jude's Church on the edge of 'The Moor' at 2.00 p.m.

Sunday 12th February

historic heptonstall

The village has many fine old building and the longest recorded history in the mid/ upper valley. It was the centre of the local cloth trade long before Halifax took over that role.


Meet Margaret Nortcliffe in the Heptonstall Bowling Club carpark at 2.00 p.m.

Sunday 26th February

Bears and pears

The history of pubs and beer houses in Norwood Green. We are assured of a warm welcome at pubs at both ends of the village, but their car parks are for their customers. So if you are not planning to be a 'customer', please park considerately on Village Street.

Meet Mary Twentyman & Peter Robinson at the Village Hall, Village Str. (HX3 8QN) at 2.00 p.m.

Sunday 12th March

Strolling around sowerby

This fascinating hilltop village has a history involving wool textiles, the Civil War, a glorious church, intense Victorian non-conformity, and much more !


Meet Anne Kirker by Sowerby Parish Church porch at 2.00 p.m. (HX6 4DG).

Sunday 26th March

brighouse expanded northwards

In 1800s Brighouse expanded tremendously – particularly to the north. Many buildings from that period can still be seen showing various aspects of that expansion.

Meet Ian Philp by Brighouse Civic Hall on Bradford Road at 2.00 p.m.

Our programme for next summer will run from early April through to October 2017.

To receive Programmes and Newsletters by email, contact us at : CdaleHeritageWks@aol.com

extended= Extended walk.

No dogs = Sorry, no dogs.

Wheelchair = Suitable for powered wheelchair users, though a short diversion may be needed at times.

New! = A new walk.

We must reserve the right not to take anyone on walks who seems unlikely to cope with the conditions.   Every effort is made to adhere to the published programme, but we must also reserve the right to cancel or amend any walk if circumstances make that necessary.  These walks are not really suited to under 13s.
Our sincere thanks go to various sections of Calderdale MBC for their continuing co-operation and support.