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Walks Programme 2016

 

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

For the seven months April to October inclusive, we have a walk every weekend, bar one, plus Bank Holiday Mondays.

As usual, the majority of walks are on Sundays (with an occasional Saturday). Our normal walks last 2 to 2¼ hours and those are fairly easy walking - normally on surfaced paths. A few walks are a little longer and use rural paths or are harder walking - there will be a note in the text about those.

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.

Except where otherwise stated, the charge for our walks is £3 (all ages). For almost all walks there's no need to book, just turn up and pay on the day. But the 25-26 June and 31 July walks are exceptions to that - see booking details in the listings for those dates.

 

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

 

Walks Programme 2016

Sunday 28th February

CALICO, COURTS & QUAKERS

Past and present buildings in west Halifax. Some still in their original role, some have changed roles and others have been replaced. Including accounts of some interesting residents.


Meet Iain Cameron at 2.00 pm by Albert Park, junction of Heath Rd. and Huddersfield Rd., Halifax.


Sunday 13th March

MILL BANK

An updated tour of this historic, attractive and relatively little-known village on the west side of the Ryburn valley. It has more history than you'd ever imagine!


Meet Anne Kirker at 2.00 pm by the bus shelter near Mill Bank School.


Sunday 27th March

LANE HEAD & IT'S BUILDINGS

This area was fields in 1840, but by 1890s it was a wide range of Victorian houses, pubs, almshouses, a school, and a fine library / Art Gallery (and its evolution didn't stop then!).


Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.00 pm at Rydings Art Gallery & Library, off Halifax Road, Brighouse. Wheelchair


Sunday 3rd April

HISTORIC HEPTONSTALL

The village has the longest history of any local upper-valley settlement with a wealth of interesting buildings and stories. Why not come early and visit Heptonstall Museum adjoining the Churchyard – open from 11 on summer Sundays. Churchyard paths could be slippery if wet.

Meet Margaret Nortcliffe at 2.15 p.m. in the Heptonstall Bowling Club Car Park. extended walk


Sunday 10th April

SUFFRAGETTES AND SLAVES IN HALIFAX

The film 'Suffragette' was set in London's East End, now join us to visit the homes of Halifax's own nest of suffragettes. Walk their streets: along Queen's Road, down Pellon Lane to the Mechanics' Institute where Emmeline Pankhurst urged women to boycott the 1911 census.

 

Meet Jill Liddington at the 'Standard of Freedom', New Lane , Skircoat Green. (HX3 0TE) at 11.30 a.m.

A 4-mile walk ending about 3.30 pm. Please bring a snack lunch. Use local bus service to return to Skircoat Green . extended walkNew walk


Sunday 17th April

CROSSLEYS IN NORTH-WEST HALIFAX

The family were involved in far more than just carpets. Their many and varied contributions to Halifax included houses, chapels, a major park, almshouses and much more !

 

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


Sunday 24th April

WORLD WAR I TRAIL

Take a trip back to another world 100 years ago.  Learn about the human stories that explain how the people of Halifax responded to the greatest war this country has known.  (Presented in conjunction with Halifax Great War Heritage Society.)


Meet David Millichope at 2.15 pm. by Halifax Minster main gates. New


Sunday 1st May

ODD TOD

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

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


Monday 2nd 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 8th May

BURDOCK WAY

You will be surprised at how much Halifax history lies along this route. We'll see buildings of varying ages telling us a surprising amount about the town, its people, it's industries, and more from the last 2½ centuries.

 

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


Sunday 15th May

HEBDEN BRIDGE 1750-1900

250 years ago there were just five buildings in what is now the central part of Hebden Bridge. But then it started to grow! We'll look at the various factors which aided that expansion over the following 150 years.

 

Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 p.m. by the Tourist Information Centre on New Road. New walk


Sunday 22 May

BARKISLAND

1,000 years of history told through the families, fine buildings and institutions of this hill top settlement. A lot has happened since a Norseman called Borkr made his home here.

 

Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15 pm by the garden opposite Barkisland Post Office (B6114 crossroads).


Sunday 29th May

CLIFFE HILL – THE WALKERS (AND OTHERS)

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

 

Meet John Brooke at 2.15 p.m. by the Sun Inn on Wakefield Road (A649) in Lightcliffe. No dogs


Monday 30th May

BREWERY, MILLS & RAILWAY

A look at the changing face of the mid Hebble valley where industry and transport have been superseded by leisure and residential development. A little-known area with a variety of fascinating historical remnants. Strong shoes needed, some uneven surfaces, and one steep climb. Walk lasts 2½ - 3 hours.

Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. at the junction of Brackenbed Lane and Hebble Lane, Wheatley (1 mile NW of Halifax Centre)

extended walkNew walk


Sunday 5th June

WITH BILLY & TRIGGER

Scenes from the life of the extraordinary William Holt (weaver, author, publisher, broadcaster, political activist, inventor, humanist, traveller & artist) and his horse Trigger.

 

Meet Linda Croft at 2.15 pm by the Golden Lion Hotel, Rochdale Rd., Todmorden.


Sunday 12th June

WORLD WAR I TRAIL

Take a trip back to another world 100 years ago. Learn about the human stories that explain how the people of Halifax responded to the greatest war this country has known. (Repeat of the 24 April walk, presented in conjunction with Halifax Great War Heritage Society.)

 

Meet David Millichope at 2.15 p.m. by Halifax Minster main gates. new walk


Sunday 19th June

VOTES FOR WOMEN

Walk in the footsteps of Lavena Saltonstall, visiting the homes of Hebden Bridge suffragettes, the clothing factories where they worked, and ending in George Square where Emmeline Pankhurst addressed vast crowds in 1907.

 

Meet Jill Liddington outside Hebden Bridge station at 2.15 pm. This three hour walk includes some hillside paths, could be muddy. Appropriate footwear needed. extended walk


Saturday-Sunday 25th-26th 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.

Booking for this walk on the private Kirklees Estate now opens on Tuesday 3 May at the Visitor Information Desk, Central Library, Northgate, Halifax, HX1 1UN.   Bookings can be made in person, by phone on 01422 368725 (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.  These walks are £5 per head.
Pre-booking is essential.  It will not be possible to just turn up on the day

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

 

The Visitor Information Desk at Halifax Central Library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday every week 9.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. (except Bank Holiday Mondays)  and on Saturdays 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.   It is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

If booking by phone, you may find that it easier to get through between 5.00 pm and 6.30 pm.


Sunday 3rd July

MINSTER TO ST. MARK'S

Or should it be 'Churches, chocolates & chuff-chuffs'? The Hebble valley below town is not picture postcard material, but it is very interesting, varied and has lots of history.

 

Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. by the entrance to the Eureka carpark, Halifax.


Sunday 10th July

THIMBLE BY THIMBLE THROUGH SOWERBY BRIDGE

More than just a tour of Sowerby Bridge hostelries! Looking at some of the history of the buildings and the events which played a part in the life of people who frequented them.

 

Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15 pm at Jubilee Refreshment Rooms, by Sowerby Bridge Railway station.


Sunday 17th July

ALCOMDEN

An upland, rural walk to visit the site of this ancient hamlet which goes back at least 7 centuries. This was a classic early community living by their farming and weaving.

 

Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15p.m. at Clough Foot carpark on Widdop Road beyond Blake Dean. (Follow Heptonstall signs from Hebden Bridge, forward to Slack and fork right there by the former Chapel. Then continue for just under 4 miles.). Strong shoes or boots needed.

extended walkNew walk


Saturday 23rd July

LOWER COLDEN

Visiting the sites and hearing the stories of the early water-powered textile mills here - some of which converted to steam later. The early phases of the Industrial Revolution happened here. Plus other local stories – and the setting! Note this is a Saturday walk.

 

Meet Justine Wyatt at 2.15 p.m. by Hebden Bridge Parish Church which is just off the main road approx 0.4 miles west of Hebden Bridge centre. Stout footwear needed.

extended walk


Sunday 31st July

DOBROYD CASTLE

This 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 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. But if driving, go via Pexwood Road (steep and single track) continue on the Castle drive to the carpark. Meet the guide by the Castle door at 2.45 pm. This walk is £4 per head

 

Booking now opens on Monday 27 June at the Visitor Information desk, Central Library, Northgate,  Halifax HX1 1UN.  Bookings can be made in person, by phone on 01422 368725 (fee for card transactions), or by post with full payment and a reply paid envelope (cheques to ‘Calderdale MBC’).  This walk is £4 per head.  Details about this walk and directions are in our summer programme and on our website.

Pre-booking is essential.  It will not be possible to just turn up on the day

The Visitor Information Desk at Halifax Central Library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday every week 9.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. (except Bank Holiday Mondays)  and on Saturdays 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.   It is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

If booking by phone, you may find that it easier to get through between 5.00 pm and 6.30 pm.

extended walkNO DOGS


Sunday 7th August

A STROLL TO JUDY'S GARDENS

Imagine a sunny Sunday in 1850s.  What better than a trip to Gurt Judy’s gardens at Horse Close Bridge. The Friends of Judy Woods recently uncovered the foundations of Judy’s cottage, so we’ll have an update on what they found.  


Meet Mary Twentyman at 2.15 p.m. by Norwood Green War Memorial. NEW WALK


Sunday 14th August

A DELVE INTO THE PAST

An exploration of the Bank Top area at the northern end of Southowram with an interesting mixture of 6 centuries of stone extraction, farming, textiles and buildings.

 

Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. by the War Memorial on Pinnar Lane, Southowram.


Sunday 21st August

LUMBUTTS & MANKINHOLES

These attractive villages in their upland setting had strong associations with four generations of Todmorden's famous Fielden family – including John who built Dobroyd Castle. Join us to discover more!

 

Meet Linda Croft by the Top Brink pub, Lumbutts at 2.15 p.m.. Parking there for pub customers only, but on-road parking available nearby.


Saturday 27th August

THE HEBDEN VALLEY

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

 

Meet Justine Wyatt at 2.15 p.m. by the statue in St. George's Square, Hebden Bridge.


Monday 29th 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 4th September

A ROUND TRIANGLE

Exploring this Ryburn village and some of the nearby 'rural fringe' mid-way between Sowerby Bridge and Ripponden. Fine buildings and a Palladian mansion ... and that's not all!

 

Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15 pm by the Triangle Inn on A58, 1½ miles south-west of Sowerby Bridge.


10th - 11th September

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS

We are not offering a walk this weekend as this is when hundreds of fine buildings across the country (normally closed to the public) open their doors. We know that many who come on our walks will be taking advantage of this opportunity. It is a once a year chance to look round such places. See details on the H.O.D. website, in local Press, or enquire at Tourist Information.


Sunday 18th September

TRANSPORTATION IN BRIGHOUSE

Exploring the development of transport in Brighouse from the 18th century to the present day by road, river, canal, present and former railways (and more).

 

Meet John Brooke at 2.15 p.m. by the junction of Huddersfield Road and Birds Royd, 200 yards above Sainsbury's in Brighouse. NEW WALK


Sunday 25th September

BREWERY, MILLS & RAILWAY

A look at the changing face of the mid Hebble valley where industry and transport have been superseded by leisure and residential development. A little-known area with a variety of fascinating historical remnants (a repeat of 30 May walk). Strong shoes needed, some uneven surfaces and one steep climb. Walk lasts 2½ - 3 hours.

 

Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. at Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. at the junction of Brackenbed Lane and Hebble Lane, Wheatley (1 mile NW of Halifax Centre). NEW WALK


Sunday 2nd October

FOUR SQUARED IN HALIFAX

Particularly featuring four squares, the Piece Hall, Square Chapel and more at the lower end of town noting the transformations which have taken place there in the past 250 years.

 

Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15 pm. in Halifax at the corner of Woolshops and 'Square', near M & S corner entrance.


Sunday 9th October

STOCKS & CHAIRS

We'll visit Stone Chair, Lower Shelf & Coley, an area on the edge of two communities with over 900 years of very varied history , though it's story is not well known. Does the title have a special significance?

 

Meet Mary Twentyman at 2.15 p.m. by the 'Duke of York' public house on A.644, just above Shelf roundabout.


Sunday 16th October

HEPTONSTALL SHADOWS

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


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.

 

GUIDES CAN ALSO BE BOOKED FOR PRIVATE GROUPS – WE HAVE OVER 90 WALKS AVAILABLE RIGHT ACROSS CALDERDALE

 

 

 
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