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Summer Walks Programme 2017


Malt House


Late 1600s malt-house at Kirklees estate – a rare survivor.
Drawing by Richard Gawthorpe, reproduced by kind perminssion.

  This programme details our walks for the seven months of April to October inclusive, with one walk per fortnight plus Bank Holiday Mondays and a few 'extras'. As usual, the vast majority of walks are on Sundays plus one Saturday and the Bank Holiday Mondays.
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


Summer Walks Programme 2017

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.

Sunday 2nd April

The north Side of Elland

Between 1760 and 1860 the arrival of a canal, railway, new roads, industry (and much more housing) changed things radically here.

Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 p.m. by the Notice Board at Elland Parish Church.  HX5 0RU

Monday 17th April

around Heptonstall & Slack

Recalling the Industrial Revolution, witch mania, pestilence, folklore and poets.   Some uneven paths and one with a steep drop alongside.   2½ miles.    


Meet John Billingsley at 2.15 p.m. at Heptonstall Bowling Club carpark, Valley View Rd. HX7 7LT Extended walk

Monday 1st May

The Wainhouse Trail

A walk about John Edward Wainhouse - his life, properties, his famous feud with Sir Henry Edwards and his tower-building.


Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. at the foot of Wainhouse Tower (off Skircoat Moor Road) HX2 7EN

Sunday 7th May


 A 3 hour walk on medieval routes linking the valley to Northowram village and glimpsing the families of earlier years.  Two fairly steep sections, boots advisable. 


Meet Mike Beecham  2.15 p.m. at the Hedgetop Lane & Westercroft Lane junction, off the A6036.  HX3 7BE Extended walk A new walk

Sunday 21st May

HOBNobbing in norland

This 3 hour walk explores Norland away from the main centre with hillsides, heritage and superb views !  Some rural paths, boots recommended.   


Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15 p.m. by The New Hobbit, Norland.  HX6 3QL Extended walk

Monday 29th May

A Shelf full of old iron

There’s still some evidence of the former Shelf Iron Works and we’ll also explore Shelf from the Bradford boundary to Shelf Moor Road.  


Meet Mary Twentyman at 2.15 p.m. in the Bethel Chapel’s private carpark off the A6036.  HX3 7RS.

Sunday 4th June

they designed lightcliffe

Houses and buildings including Gothic Revival and Arts and Crafts styles designed by notable local architects who also designed workers’ housing and public buildings. 

Meet John Brooke at 2.15 p.m. in the carpark of ‘The Spire’ dental practice on the A58,  600 yards east of Hipperholme traffic lights.   HX3 8NT A new walk

Sunday 18th June

suffragettes & slaves

A 4 mile walk from Skircoat Green to the Mechanics Institute related to Halifax’s own nest of suffragettes.  Bring a snack lunch. 


Meet Jill LIddington at 11.30 a.m. by the ‘Standard of Freedom’ in New Lane, Skircoat Green.  HX3 0TE.  (Returning to the start later by local service bus.)  Extended walk

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June

outlaws & nuns

Looking at historic parts of the private Kirklees Estate near Clifton including the former Nunnery site, old farm buildings, Robin Hood’s grave and other features.  


The Guides are Margaret & David Nortcliffe.  Strong shoes are advised.

These two walks are £5 and must be Pre-booked.  Booking opens 1st May and can be made in person, by phone on 01422 368725 (fee for card transactions), or by post to: The Visitor Centre Desk, Central Library, Northgate, Halifax HX1 1UN with full payment and reply paid envelope (cheques to 'Calderdale MBC'). Specify the day and a.m. or p.m. preference. 

Sunday 2nd July

shibden & stump croos

Spas, schools, an ancient Hall, other old houses, textiles and turnpikes all in a rural setting on the edge of our largest town. 


Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. by the Dry Stone Walling display near the top of Shibden Park.   HX3 6XG

Sunday 16th July

Parks, pendants & planers

In 1850 it was farms, a quarry, an old road and a well - but it became a busy Halifax suburb.   Looking at changes in the last 165 years at Highroadwell & West End.   


Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 p.m. by West View Park entrance on Warley Road, Halifax.   HX1 0BQ. A new walk

Sunday 30th July

Dobroyd castle

Around, and inside the striking “Brass Castle” on the hillside above Todmorden.  It includes the house, walled garden, and stable block, with details of its history and the family.  

This walk is £4 per head and Pre-booking is essential.  Booking opens 3rd July and can be made in person, by phone on 01422 368725 (fee for card transactions), or by post to the Visitor Centre Desk, Central Library, Northgate, Halifax HX1 1UN with full payment and a reply paid envelope (cheques to 'Calderdale MBC).

Ticket-holders meet by the entrance to Todmorden rail station at 2.15 for a ½ mile walk up the wooded hillside to the Castle – strong shoes advised.   Access to the Castle by car is poor via Pexwood Road (steep, winding and single track), then turn onto the Castle drive to the carpark.   Meet the guide by the Castle door at 2.45 p.m.   OL14 7JY

Sunday 6th August

Mill, maypole & mccrea

The village is only a small part of the ancient Warley Township which goes back to 1086 at least.   Our title should mean more to you after the walk.  


Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m.by the village maypole in Warley.   HX2 7RZ

Sunday 20th August

old churchyard & around

Lightcliffe Old Church has gone, but the graves remain and local researchers have discovered lots of fascinating facts relating to them, the Church and the area around.  You may well be surprised by what has come to light !


Meet Ian Philp at 2.15 p.m. at the old Churchyard on the A649 opposite the Sun Inn, Lightcliffe.  HX3 8NT

Sunday 28th August

wainhouse trail

Looking at local sites associated with J.E.Wainhouse with more about the varied activities of the man who had the Tower built (including the story of a feud which got quite nasty !).  


Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 at the base of Wainhouse Tower.  HX2 7EN


Sunday 3rd September


It goes back to before Domesday in 1086.  By 1600 it was flourishing, paying three times the national average in taxes.  There are many aspects to it's story and many interesting buildings.  It is also very important in non-conformist history. 


Meet Ian Philp at 2.15 p.m. in the carpark on the A6036 by the Parish Church.  HX1 3NU

Sunday 17th September

transportation in brighouse

Exploring the development and uses of transport routes by road, river, canal and railways which passed through Brighouse from early times right down to the present day. 


Meet John Brooke at 2.15 p.m. at the junction of Huddersfield Road and Birds Royd, Brighouse (about 200 yards south of Sainsbury’s)   HD6 1LQ

Sunday1st October


It was a separate village but is now part of urban Halifax.  It has an interesting mix of old buildings and later developments from 1840s onwards.  


Meet Iain Cameron at 2.15 p.m. at the Skircoat Green Road & Manor Heath Road junction, south of Halifax.   HX3 0BG.

Sunday 15th October

victorian halifax

Halifax has many fine ornate buildings of various sizes and types from the mid to late 1800s.  We plan to see some of the best of them on this walk round part of central Halifax. 


Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 p.m. at Halifax Town Hall (by the notice board).  HX1 1UJ

Sunday 29th October

heptonstall shadows

A medieval village like Heptonstall holds memories which you do not find elsewhere.  As Hallowe’en draws close you’ll hear of wart-curers, charms, gangsters, ghosts, mummified cats and more.  


Meet John Billingsley at 2.15 p.m. at Heptonstall Bowling Club car park.   HX7 7L


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

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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.