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Summer Walks Programme 2015

 

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This summer we have 8 new walks – the largest number ever (plus another 3 which have been extensively revised).  In the first 7 weeks there are 5 new walks for you !  Overall, we’ll cover Calderdale from Dobroyd Castle, just west of Todmorden, right across to Clifton, east of Brighouse and MANY points in-between.   
There’s a walk every weekend, bar one, throughout the 7 month period.  Featured in the walks are subjects such as UFOs, suffragettes, road building, the Co-op, witch mania, a gentry feud, the remains of a steam railway and a ‘guilty pig’ – and that doesn’t include all the more usual aspects of local heritage which will probably be more familiar to you !   So if you’re not yet very knowledgeable about the subjects above, come along to find out more. 

 

The normal charge is £3 for all ages unless shown otherwise. For virtually all our walks there's no need to book, just turn up and pay on the day.

 

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

 

2015 Summer Walks

Sunday 8 March

MAPPING THE FOOT

Detailed maps were drawn as part of a long dispute between powerful families here around 1600. We'll see the features they showed and more recent Ordnance Survey work following developments in the Luddenden valley. (Refreshments at the Civic Centre afterwards).


Meet David Cant at 2.00 p.m.at Luddendenfoot Civic Centre, Station Road. new walk


Sunday 22 March

GEORGIAN HALIFAX

Three or four buildings in Halifax from 1700s to early 1800s are well known, many others are far less familiar. This walk looks at some of them.  You might well be surprised !


Meet Anne Kirker at 2.00 p.m. by Halifax Piece Hall, North Gate (Woolshops side). wheelchair suitable


Sunday 5 April

MEADOWBOTTOM AND MORE

Visiting the appealing district of Meadowbottom, with its cottage houses and converted early water-powered spinning mills. Also, local housing styles, an Owenite co-operative, a library in a pub, a Nobel prize winner and Todmorden's "monkey run".
Some paths may be muddy - strong shoes advised.


Meet Linda Croft at 2.15 p.m. by Patmos Gardens, Burnley Road, Todmorden (opposite Todmorden Community College)

New walk

Monday 6th April

ODD TOD.

Straddling a historically fluid county border, Todmorden has acquired a name for strange and sometimes dark histories, from UFOs and ghosts through eccentrics and lucky dogs to dark and foul deeds. N.B. The Park may be muddy underfoot.


Meet John Billingsley at 2.15 p.m. under the railway viaduct opposite Todmorden bus station.


Sunday 12 April

CALICO, COURTS & QUAKERS

Past and present buildings west of Halifax town centre. Some are still in their original role, some have changed roles and others have been replaced. Including accounts of some of the interesting characters who lived there.


Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. by Albert Park, junction of Heath Rd. and Huddersfield Rd., Halifax. New walk


Sunday 19 April

CHARTISTS AT SKIRCOAT GREEN

Walking round Skircoat Green, Salterhebble and Skircoat Moor, finishing back at the Standard of Freedom public house. We will visit scenes from Halifax's Chartist history and in particular, the life of Benjamin Wilson, Chartist, of Skircoat Green.
Some rough paths - strong shoes advised.

 

Meet Linda Croft at 2.15 p.m. by the junction of Skircoat Green Road and Godfrey Road, Halifax (opposite the Murgatroyd Arms). On street parking normally available. New walk


Saturday 25th April

VOTES FOR WOMEN 

Walk in the footsteps of Lavena Saltonstall, visiting the homes of Hebden Bridge suffragettes, the fustian clothing factories where they worked and the square where Emmeline Pankhurst addressed a vast crowd in 1907. (NOTE: this is on Saturday)

 

Meet Jill Liddington at 2.15 p.m. at Hebden Bridge railway station. This 3-hour walk, includes some hillside paths – could be muddy. Appropriate footwear advisable. New walk extended walk


Sunday 26 April

BIG 'C's IN RIPPONDEN

Ripponden's history since medieval times seems bound up with topics that start with 'C'. There's Church, catastrophe, cotton, conflict, co-operation, child labour (and more). Ripponden had them all. Anne will explain!


Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15 p.m. by Ripponden Parish Church.


Sunday 3 May

CHURCHES AND CHAPELS IN SOWERBY BRIDGE

There's a good variety of places of worship here ! The modern St Paul's and, not quite so recent, St Patrick's, to the Gothick splendour of Christ Church. We'll also see other uses to which some buildings have been put and signs of other church influences.

Meet David Cant at 2.15 p.m. outside 'The Moorings', off Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge.

new walk


Monday 4 May

THE WAINHOUSE TRAIL

A walk through the area where John Edward Wainhouse operated. Looking at his life, his properties and his famous feud with Sir Henry Edwards. He was more than just a Tower builder - though that's important !

 

Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. by the base of Wainhouse Tower. Access on foot from Wakefield Gate (off Skircoat Moor Rd.), Halifax.


Sunday 10 May

DISCOVERING CLIFTON

A hilltop village recorded over 900 years ago and classed as a 'town' when Brighouse was only a 'hamlet'. Learn about a 'lost' pub, an 18th century school, coal mines, churches and a murder. And that's not all !!

 

Meet Margaret Sharp at 2.15 p.m.by the War Memorial on Towngate, Clifton


Sunday 17 May

KING & QUEEN

King Cross and part of Queens Road - looking at the industrial, housing, transport and education expansion here from 1850 to WW1 and further major changes which came in the 60 years which followed that.

 

Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 p.m. by King Cross old churchyard (opposite the William IV public house).


Sunday 24 May

HIPPERHOLME

It isn't just traffic lights ! Centuries ago it was the centre of a township which included the 'hamlet' of Brighouse. We look at fine buildings, old roads, workers' housing, the work of local architect J.F. Walsh, a lost graveyard and much more.
Meet John Brooke at 2.15 p.m. by Hipperholme Library on A58 (Leeds & Whitehall Rd.).


Sunday 25 May

MIDGLEY VILLAGE

The village has many fine old buildings back to 1600s, former pubs, a revived Co-op and some quiet corners. We'll look at the remains of the extensive quarrying of former years on the moor's edge - with the bonus of some fine views.


Meet David Cant at 2.15 p.m. by Midgley school carpark.


Sunday 31 May

HEPTONSTALL SHADOWS

You can expect a medieval village to hold memories that you might not find in standard local histories. With John Billingsley you'll learn about wart-curers, protective charms, rural gangsters, ghosts, mummified cats and more. The Churchyard can be slippery.


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


Sunday 7 June

HEBDEN CONNECTIONS

The historic transport links of Hebden Bridge – its road, canal and railway all squeeze through the narrow Calder valley here. We'll look at how transport and industry worked together and changed this unique Pennine town.


Meet David Cant at 2.15 p.m. by the Tourist Information Centre on New Road, Hebden Bridge. New walk


Weekend 13th-14th June

 

 

Sorry, but we have no walk for you this weekend.


If our walks have triggered an interest in Calderdale's history, why not visit Bankfield Museum, Shibden Hall, or the museum in Heptonstall this weekend (check opening times on the Calderdale MDC website). Or pop into one of the local Tourist Information Centres to see the range of information and literature they have about the District.

 

Sunday 21 June

CLIFFE HILL - THE WALKERS (AND OTHERS)

Looking at a fine residence of yester-year associated with Ann Walker and Anne Lister, which is normally out of sight within its private grounds. We'll look at the house exterior, its grounds and immediate environs.


Meet John Brooke and guest local historian Christine Booth at 2.15 p.m. by the Sun Inn on Wakefield Road (A649) in Lightcliffe.

New walk no doggies


Sat. 27 & Sun. 28 June

OUTLAWS & NUNS

The walks are on the private Kirklees Estate near Clifton, by kind permission of the owners. They include the former Nunnery site, Gate House, 15th to 18th century farm buildings, the Robin Hood connection and his grave there, plus other features on the estate.
The Guides are Margaret & David Nortcliffe. The walk is 1½ miles, partly on woodland paths and strong shoes are advised. The walk will be repeated several times over the 2 days. There are no buses to the Estate on Sundays.
These walks are £5 per head. Pre-booking is essential and it will not be possible to just turn up on the day!

Booking opens on 1st May at the Visitor Centre, Butler's Wharf, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AF. Bookings can be made in person, by phone on 01422 843831 (fee for card transactions), or by post with full payment and a reply paid envelope (cheques to 'Calderdale MBC').

Please specify the day and a.m. or p.m. preference. Details and directions are sent out with the tickets.


Sunday 5 July

WAINSTALLS MILLS

The group of old textile mills around and above the village of Wainstalls covers all phases of development from early water-powered through to mid 20th century. Stout shoes needed. (Wainstalls village will be explored on August 16.)


Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. by the bus terminus in the centre of Wainstalls.


Saturday 11 July

HALIFAX MARKETS

There have been more markets in Halifax than you might suspect and we include several of them (or their sites) past and present. A major feature is the fine Borough Market – we'll look inside, outside, and around it (plus a little 'behind the scenes').
Note it's on Saturday.
Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 pm by the Piece Hall's North Gate (Woolshops side). No wogs


Sunday 19 July

A BRIDGE TO HOO HOLE

From the riverside, winding through the village to Hoo Hole (whatever one of those is) exploring as we go to trace the evolution of Mytholmroyd over two centuries. It's a microcosm of Pennine village development.


Meet Pam Jordan at 2.15 p.m. by the main road bus stop near the bridge in Mytholmroyd.


Sunday 26 July

SECRETS OF SOYLAND

An attractive upland village on an historic route into Lancashire it has several interesting 17th century houses, had a major 18th century entrepreneur, an innovative 19th century college, and quite a bit more in its past.


Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15 p.m. by the Beehive P.H. at the top of Royd Lane, a half mile Northwest of Ripponden. (Try HX6 4LU on your Sat-Nav).


Sunday 2 August

DOBROYD CASTLE

This new walk to, around, and inside the striking "Brass Castle" built by John Fielden jnr. in 1869, is by kind permission of the owners and includes the house, walled garden, stable block etc. with commentary on the history of the Castle and the family.
Meet Linda Croft at 2.15 p.m. at the entrance to Todmorden Railway Station building for a ½ mile walk up the wooded hillside to the Castle - strong shoes advised.
Access to the Castle by car is poor - so walking is strongly advised. If driving, however, go via Pexwood Road (steep and single track) then continue on the Castle carriage drive to the parking area. Meet the guide by the Castle door at 2.45 pm.
This walk is £4 per head. Pre-booking is essential and will open on 28 June at the Visitor Centre, Butler's Wharf, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AF. Bookings can be made in person, by phone on 01422 843831 (+ fee for card transactions), or by post with full payment and a reply paid envelope (cheques to 'Calderdale MBC', please).
It will not be possible to just turn up on the day !

New walk No dogs


Sunday 9 August

HEPTONSTALL'S EDGES

A longer walk (2½ miles) circles above the Colden Valley to Popples and Slack and back to Heptonstall, with memories of the Industrial Revolution, Nonconformism, witch mania, pestilence, folklore, plus famous (and not-so-famous) poets.
Some steep drops alongside the path and uneven woodland. Walking shoes recommended.


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


Sunday 16 August

WAINSTALLS VILLAGE

This village went through all phases of the textile industry from handlooms in cottages to the big mills. We'll look at the remaining evidence of that manufacturing and also see how the village is evolving into a new phase of its history.


Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. by the bus terminus in the centre of Wainstalls.


Sunday 23 August

HEPTONSTALL TOWN

With perhaps the longest history of any upper-valley settlement, Heptonstall offers a wealth of interesting buildings and stories.  We recommend coming early so you can visit the Heptonstall Museum before the walk.    Churchyard paths could be slippery.
Meet John Billingsley at 2.15 p.m. in the Heptonstall Bowling Club Car Park.


Sunday 30 August

CRAGG VALE

An area with 900 years of recorded history, having a heady collection of coiners, hard mill-owners, wealthy gentry, interesting buildings, frauds and scandal, And even that collection is not the sum total of unusual elements here. Come along and find out.


Meet Pam Jordan at 2.15 p.m. on B6138 road through Cragg Vale, by its junction with the road to the Church.


Sunday 31 August

THE WAINHOUSE TRAIL

A walk through the area  where John Edward Wainhouse  operated.    Looking at his life, his properties and his famous feud with Sir Henry Edwards.  He was more than just a Tower builder - though that's important !

 

Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. by the base of Wainhouse Tower.  Access on foot from Wakefield Gate (off Skircoat Moor Rd.), Halifax.  


Sunday 6 September

MEADOWBOTTOM AND MORE

Premiered in April and repeated now.  It visits Meadowbottom’s cottage houses and converted early water-powered spinning-mills.  Also, local housing styles, an Owenite co-operative, a library in a pub, a Nobel prize winner and Todmorden’s “monkey run”. 
Some paths may be muddy - strong shoes advised. 


Meet Linda Croft at 2.15 p.m. by Patmos Gardens, Burnley Road, Todmorden. New walk


Sunday 13 September

CLIFTON'S RAILWAY

The social and industrial history of the steam driven rope railway serving the former local coal industry. We'll walk some of the old narrow gauge rail track (by kind permission) and find other remains. Stout shoes needed.
Meet John Brooke at 2.15 p.m. in the Armytage Arms' carpark on A643 half-a-mile north-east of Brighouse centre. No dogs


Sunday 20 September

HEBDEN BRIDGE CENTRE

The town grew up around an old bridge crossing a tributary of the River Calder. It's textile industry expanded rapidly during the industrial revolution and many buildings from that period survive. We'll also trace developments after textiles went.


Meet David Cant at 2.15 p.m. outside the Tourist Information Centre on New Road. 


Sunday 27 September

BARRACKS, ASDA & A KITTEN

Exploring Pellon and some areas south-west of it as far as Mile Cross and Wellesley Park. There's more fascinating history there than you might suspect. Come along and find out.


Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 p.m. by Pellon Baptist Church, Spring Hall Lane, Halifax. 


Sunday 4 October

CALICO, COURTS & QUAKERS

Past and present buildings west of Halifax town centre. Some are still in their original role, some have changed roles and others have been replaced.  Including accounts of some of the more interesting characters who lived there.


Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. by Albert Park, just off Huddersfield Rd., Halifax. New walk


Sunday 11 October

NORTH BRIDGE AND AROUND

For centuries this area was a focal point for routes out of town and became a hive of industry from mid 1800s. Much has gone, but there's enough evidence of earlier activities to piece together the story of this area in earlier times.


Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 p.m. at the junction of Northgate and North Parade, Halifax.


Sunday 18 October

UPPER RASTRICK

A revised walk looking at history here over 1000 years – but particularly the last 250 years when Rastrick industrialised and expanded dramatically. Elements of those earlier years can still be found ! A walk of about 2½ hours.


Meet Margaret Sharp at 2.15 p.m. at the carpark alongside St. Matthew's Parish Church. Sensible footwear recommended. Extended walk


Sunday 25 October

DARK HALIFAX

Formerly 'Halifax's Dark Side', this revised walk recalls the severed heads, ghosts, creaking gibbets, strange burials and other peculiarities – like the guilty pig – historically associated with places visited in the town centre.


Meet John Billingsley at 2.15 p.m. by the West Gate (i.e. top gate) of Halifax Piece Hall.
Churchyard could be slippery. 


 

New! = A new walk.

extended= Extended walk.

No dogs = Sorry, no dogs.   

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

Guides can also be booked for private groups – we have over 90 walks available right across Calderdale.

 

 

 
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