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Summer Walks Programme 2014

 

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All our walks from April to October 2014 are listed below.

 

Our standard walks last 2 to 2¼ hours, and fairly easy walking - normally on surfaced paths. Extended walks are marked Extended and last 2½ to 3 hours. Occasionally walks use rural paths or are harder walking and there will be a note in the text about those. We must reserve the right not to take anyone on walks who seems unlikely to cope with the conditions. Whilst every effort is made to adhere to the published programme, 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.


New walks are marked New. Walks suitable for powered wheelchairs are indicated by Wheelchair (though a short diversion may be needed in places). Well-behaved dogs on leads are allowed on walks unless indicated by   No doggies! . Almost all start points are served by public transport.

 

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. The 28/29 June 'Outlaws & Nuns' walks are exceptions to that - see details in the listings.

 

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

 

2014 Summer Walks

Sunday 6 April

UNDER THE NORWOOD GREENWOOD TREE

There have been fascinating people who lived, worked and played in these woods -the Monty Dons, Delia Smiths and David Hockneys of their day. Stout shoes needed.


Meet Mary Twentyman at 2.15 p.m.by the War Memorial on Village Street, Norwood Green. Extended


Sunday 13 April

NOBBUT NORLAND

An attractive mix of village, moor, woods, the early textile trade, old houses, 7 centuries of history and a diversion to Pickwood Scar. Stout footwear needed.


Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15 p.m. by the War Memorial ,opposite Norland Parish Church.


Sunday 20 April

  LOST VILLAGES  

Little now remains of 3 industrial villages between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge. We discover the remains of these communities set in fine scenery.


Meet Linda Croft at 2.15 pm. at Lobb Mill Picnic site on A646, 1 mile east of Todmorden. Some rural paths.


Monday 21 April

  MANKINHOLES & LUMBUTTS

Following the route of the 1838 protesters against new Poor Laws. We see the eventual workhouse site and sample history of these hamlets.


Meet Linda Croft at 2.15 by the Top Brink pub, Lumbutts. Parking there for pub customers only. Strong shoes recommended.


Sunday 27 April

  BLANKETS, CHICKS & DOCK PUDDING  

A look at the history of Mytholmroyd with particular reference to the last two centuries. The title gives clues as to some of the elements involved.


Meet David Cant at 2.15pm. by Mytholmroyd Community Centre off Caldene Avenue..


Sunday 4 May

  ODD TOD  

Aspects of Todmorden's history can be eccentric, even disturbing. Tales of the light, the dark, and plainly odd. Be glad that you weren't around when they happened.


Meet John Billingsley at 2.15 pm. under the railway viaduct by Todmorden bus station


Monday 5 May

 THE WAINHOUSE TRAIL  

J. E. Wainhouse - his mill, his life, properties nearby and his 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 (see also the separate panel re Wainhouse Tower openings).


Thursday 8 May

  TRAIL AROUND HEBDEN BRIDGE  

An introductory tour of this fascinating town - the 4th funkiest in the world. We'll cover many aspects of its history which spans many centuries.


Meet Liz Watkins at 7.15pm by the Packhorse Bridge in Bridgegate, Hebden Bridge..


Sunday 11 May

  DISCOVERING CLIFTON  

A stroll round this ancient settlement which was classed as a town in 1502 when Brighouse was only a hamlet. The range of its history is extensive.


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


Friday 16 May

  BOBBINS, POETS & WITCHES  

How Cornholme grew up around Wilson's bobbin factory and, more surprisingly, we discover a weaver-diarist, two poets and two witches.


Meet Linda Croft at 7.15 p.m. by Wagon and Horses PH, Cornholme - on A.646, NW of Todmorden. Some rural paths, part uphill.


Sunday 18 May

  BOGDEN TO SLITHEROE  

The lower part of the valley below Ryburn Reservoir includes many important features and some fine views. Stout shoes suggested.


Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15 p.m. at Ryburn Reservoir carpark (signed 'Swift Place' off the A58, approx 1¼ miles S.W. of Ripponden).


Sunday 25 May

  SOWERBY BRIDGE, EAST  

The development of this inland port plus the town's rapid expansion. Also looking at people who worked here, 19th century chapels, church, mills and pubs.


Meet David Cant at 2.15 p.m. in The Moorings carpark, Sowerby Bridge. wheelchair


Monday 26 May

  RISHWORTH'S HIDDEN CORNERS 

This attractive village in a beautiful setting contains much more of historic interest than its size might suggest. Come and find out!


Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15 p.m. by Rishworth turning circle on the A672. Parking, at owners' risk, in carpark next to Heathfield School, by kind permission.


Friday 30 May

  NORTH ELLAND  

In 1750 most of this area was open land but the canal, railway, roads, industry and housing changed it dramatically – sometimes more than once.


Meet David Nortcliffe at 7.15 pm. by the top exit from the carpark off Southgate (behind the Rex Cinema), Elland.


Sunday 1 June

  'STOCKS AND CHAIRS'  

We'll visit Stone Chair, Lower Shelf & Coley, an area with over 900 years of recorded history - but it's story is not well known.


Meet Mary Twentyman at 2.15 p.m. by the Duke of York P.H. on the A644 just above Shelf roundabout.


Tuesday 3 June

  LOWER COLDEN 

Visiting the sites of early water-powered textile mills and noting how some converted to steam later. Plus other local stories – and the setting!


Meet Justine Wyatt at 7.15 pm by Hebden Bridge Parish Church. Stout footwear recommended.


Sunday 8 June

  ALONG BURDOCK WAY  

Following Burdock Way to look at varied features of varying ages telling us a surprising amount about Halifax over the last 2 ½ centuries.


Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 p.m. in the carpark behind Halifax Playhouse (off Hopwood Lane). New walk Extended


Tuesday 10 June

  LOWER JUMBLE HOLE  

Ruined mills, reservoirs, a water turbine, chapel and panoramic views. Exploring the lower part of this beautiful clough and adjoining sites.


Meet Justine Wyatt at 7.15 p.m. by the JCB depot alongside the A646 at Eastwood.


Sunday 15 June

  EXPANDING NORTHWARDS 

Brighouse grew fast from 1840 to 1910. Thornhill Briggs and Waring Green have good examples of several aspects of that explosive growth.


Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 p.m. by the Civic Hall, Huddersfield Rd, Brighouse. wheelchair


Thursday 19th June

  IT'S ALL AT THE CO-OP, NOW!  

Hebden Bridge has a very special place in the Cooperative movement's history. Bring your divi. number to discover this week's special offer.


Meet Liz Watkins at 7.15pm outside the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge. New walk


Sunday 22 June

  HARTSHEAD MOOR  

Where Calderdale meets Spenborough. 150 years ago it was coal mining country with old routes, a Quaker settlement, interesting buildings ... and more!
Meet John Brooke at 2.15 p.m. by the Old Pack Horse Inn on the A649, 1 mile east of Bailiff Bridge. Wheelchair


Wednesday 25 June

  AROUND SAVILLE PARK  

Appleyard, Akroyd & Albert, Toffee, Tower & Trams - all these crop up as we discover how this Halifax suburb developed from the open common.


Meet Iain Cameron at 7.15 pm. outside Heath Training Centre in Free School Lane, Halifax.


 

28 JUNE to 12 JULY  

During this period it expected that there will be a much higher level of activity in parts of Calderdale due to the Tour de France and some local roads will be closed for part of 6 July.
The Halifax Festival also takes place 28 June to 5 July. Our normal pattern of walks has been amended over this period to avoid anticipated problem areas/times and some extra walks have been added. Please check details of walks between these dates particularly carefully.


Saturday 28 June

  HEBDEN BRIDGE - A FRENCH CONNECTION

A light-hearted town tour with added 'Ooh la la', a certain 'je ne sais quoi', together with a whiff of garlic.

 

Meet Liz Watkins at 2.15pm in St. George's Square, Hebden Bridge. New walk


Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 June

  'OUTLAWS & NUNS'  

These walks are on the private Kirklees Estate near Clifton, by kind permission of the owners. It includes 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.    No doggies!

Wednesday 2 July

  STUMP CROSS & SHIBDEN  

A walk full of interest with spas, schools, an ancient Hall, old houses, textiles and turnpikes in a rural setting on the edge of town (note that it's an afternoon walk).


Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 pm. by the dry stone wall display near the top of Shibden Park, Halifax. Extended


Friday 4 July

  DEAN CLOUGH & NORTH BRIDGE 

North Bridge was important for centuries and Dean Clough was the world's largest carpet mill - now it’s a centre for business and the arts and we see a little 'behind the scenes'  (note that it’s an afternoon walk).
Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 pm. on Northgate, Halifax (opposite Dews Car showroom).    No dpggies!


Tuesday 8 July

  THEATRELAND 

A tour through the Victoria Theatre to see how it works and learn about its history. Plus a short talk about other nearby theatres / cinemas (note that it's an afternoon event).
Meet Tim Fagan at 2.15 p.m. in the foyer of the Victoria Theatre, Halifax.    No dogs.


Friday 11 July

 MIDGLEY MOOR

Midgley Moor has been a hive of activity from earliest times and there's archaeology, legend and customs connected with it.   Boots + outdoor gear needed, some stiles and unmade paths. 
Meet John Billingsley  7.15 pm. by the Hare & Hounds P.H., beyond Old Town School. Please park with consideration.     No dogs. Extended Walk


Sunday 13 July

  A BRIDGE TO HOO HOLE

From the riverside to Hoo Hole exploring the evolution of Mytholmroyd over two centuries  - a microcosm of Pennine village development.


Meet Pam Jordan at 2.15 p.m. in the carpark by Mytholmroyd Parish Church


Tuesday 15 July

  BRIDGE MILL TO LEE

Following the Hebden Water to see why it exerted so much influence on the development of Hebden Bridge. Hidden history in a delightful setting.


Meet Justine Wyatt at 7.15 pm by the statue in St. George's Square, Hebden Bridge. 


Suday 20 July

  CROSSLEYS IN WEST HALIFAX

They were involved in far more than carpets.  Their many and varied contributions to Halifax included houses, chapels, a major park, almshouses and more.


Meet Linda Croft at 2.15 pm. at the Hopwood Lane entrance to People’s Park, Halifax. New walk


Friday 25 July

 CRAGG VALE 

A village with 900 years of recorded history plus a heady collection of coiners, hard mill-owners, wealthy gentry, interesting buildings, frauds and scandal.


Meet Pam Jordan at 7.15 p.m. on the B138 in Cragg Vale by its junction with the road to the Church.


Sunday 27 July

  MINSTER IN THE MIDDLE 

Looking at the area around Halifax Minster - we'll find industry and mills, but also evidence of slums, pubs, graft and charity (to name but a few).

 

Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15 p.m. by the top gates into the churchyard (near the stocks).

Sunday 3 August

HEPTONSTALL SHADOWS

Explore streets and ginnels around Heptonstall for tales from the shadier sides of local history with witchcraft, naughty navvies and other lamentations.


Meet John Billingsley at 2.15 pm at the main Heptonstall carpark, near Bowling Club (follow the signs).


Sunday 10th August

THERE'S MORE AFOOT 

Around Luddendenfoot and Blackwood - once a larger, more important village with many mills, more pubs, its own Co-op, and Branwell Brontë worked at the station.


Meet David Cant at 2.15 pm outside the Civic Centre on Station Road, Luddendenfoot. Extended walk.


Sunday 17 August

  LUDDENDEN VILLAGE 

A walk round this charming old village looking at its history, Church, Inn, old buildings, its involvement with textiles, Brontë connection, and much more.
Meet David Cant at 2.15 pm at New Road carpark at the Luddenden Foot end of the village.


Sunday 24 August

TED HUGHES' MYTHOLMROYD

Some of the settings of the former Poet Laureate’s poems and biographical memories in the context of the village where he was born and spent his early years.


Meet John Billingsley at 2.15 pm by the steps to the eastbound platform of Mytholmroyd station. Park at public car parks in the village, or come by bus / train.


Monday 25 August

THE WAINHOUSE TRAIL

A repeat of the 5 May walk.

J. E. Wainhouse - his mill, his life, properties nearby and his 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 (see also the separate panel re Wainhouse Tower openings).
   


Sunday 31 August

SIX OF ONE & HALF A DOZEN . . . 

A  Shelf to Norwood Green link (and back) has always been important.  Including interesting elements from the fringes of both villages for good measure.
Meet Mary Twentyman at 2.15 pm. in the carpark at Shelf Hall Park (off the A6036). Extended walk


Sunday 7 September

HISTORY IN HEPTONSTALL

This village has more tales to tell than any of its size in the North with John Wesley, Churches, Chapel, early textiles, coiners and Civil War (that's just the first half-mile !)
Meet John Billingsley at 2.15 p.m. by the Museum in Heptonstall churchyard. 


Sunday 14th September

  LIGHTCLIFFE'S SPECIAL BUILDINGS

Some of Lightcliffe’s  fine houses/ buildings which are listed or of special interest. But also looking at terraces, cottages, churches, bridges and street artifacts.
Meet John Brooke at 2.15 pm. by the Sun Inn, Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe. New walk


Sunday 21 September

CROSSLEYS IN WEST HALIFAX

They were involved in far more than carpets.  Their many and varied contributions to Halifax included houses, chapels, a major park, almshouses and more.


Meet Linda Croft at 2.15 pm. at the Hopwood Lane entrance to People’s Park, Halifax. New walk


Sunday 28 September

SPRING MILL TO SALTERHEBBLE

How both sides of Huddersfield Rd. developed – especially the housing – between 1860 and 1910, but many other interesting facts, views and buildings too.

                 

Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 p.m. in the Spring Hall carpark, off Huddersfield Rd., Halifax. Wheelchair

Sunday 5 October

STROLLING AROUND SOWERBY

Explore the centre of this formerly important village with centuries of history. With Civil War tales, a glorious Church, intense Victorian non-conformity, and more.


Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15 p.m. by the Parish Church gates in Sowerby village.     No dpggies!


Sunday 12 October

SOWERBY WEST END

A look at the history of this part of town, the activities of its inhabitants, its buildings, around the old bridge, the mills, and both its railway stations.


Meet David Cant at 2.15 p.m. outside the Station Refreshment Rooms. wheelchairs


Sunday 19 October

SKIRCOAT

Originally a separate and ancient village south of Halifax which now has an interesting mix of older buildings plus later developments from 1840s onwards.


Meet  Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. at the junction of Skircoat Green Road and Manor Heath Road


Sunday 26 October

HALIFAX'S DARK SIDE

Some of the darker and stranger incidents in Halifax's long, eventful history, from severed heads to ghostly revenants and much more . . .


Meet John Billingsley at 2.15 pm. by the West Gate (i.e. top gate) of Halifax Piece Hall.


New! = A new 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.

 

WAINHOUSE TOWER

The Tower will be open on 6 days this summer from 11.00 am to 4.00pm on:
  • Easter Sunday & Monday 20th / 21st April
  • May Day Monday 5th May
  • Spring Bank Mon. 26th May
  • Fathers' Day 15th June
  • Aug. Bank Holiday 25th Aug

The last time for ascent is 3.30 pm. A charge is payable to Calderdale MBC of : Adults £2.50,  Children & Passport to Leisure members £2.00,  Family ticket £7.
Our ‘Wainhouse Trail’ walk is being offered on 5 May and 25 Aug.  If you plan to ascend the Tower and walk the Trail on the same afternoon, you need to do the ascent first starting around 1.15/ 1.30 pm.  The Tower will have closed by the time the walk ends !

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