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Summer Walks Programme 2020


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This programme details our walks for the 7 months 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 but not all. We have an additional programme of Anne Lister walks which you will find at the end of this programme together with the special booking arrangements.

Most walks last 2 to 2¼ hours and those are fairly easy walking - normally on surfaced paths.  A few walks are a little longer, 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 wheelchair.

(though a short diversion may be needed in places).   Almost all starting points are served by public transport.  Well behaved dogs on short leads are allowed on walks unless indicated by the symbol No dogs.

Where we recommend walking shoes or boots, we use this Wear boots!. New walks are indicated New walk. The majority of walks are circular finishing at the starting point however a couple of walks are linear and these are marked in the text. Longer walks are indicated with this symbol Extended 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.

For most walks there's no need to book, just turn up and pay on the day.  However, the Outlaws and Nuns and Dobroyd Castle walks must be pre-booked - see booking details in the listings for those dates.

Our sincere thanks go to various sections of Calderdale MBC for their continuing co-operation and support.
You can also catch us on Facebook. Should any issues arise which might affect a walk's viability, we aim to post details on our page there.



  For enquiries, please email us at : cdaleheritagewks@gmail.com

  To check if a walk has been cancelled please check Facebook


In addition to our regular programme there are a series of Anne Lister themed walks. Please see the details

on our Anne Lister Festival page. These walks must be pre-booked with details in that section.



Summer Walks Programme 2020

Sunday 5th April 2020

Skirting the moor

A journey through some of the people, buildings and events around Skircoat Moor which have made history in Savile Park.  The walk is 2½ hours.

Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15pm St Jude’s Church, Free School Lane HX1 2XE.

wear boots

Monday 13th April 2020

heptonstall shadows

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


Meet John Billingsley at 2.15pm, Heptonstall Bowling Club Car Park.  HX7 7LT

Sunday 19th April 2020

luddendon valley

A beautiful area with a fascinating history and reminders of its industrial past.
Meet David Cant at 2.15pm at Luddenden Village Millennium Car Park, Luddenden Lane, HX2 6PE.

wear boots

Sunday 3rd May 2020

a stroll to judy's gardens

It's 150 years since the death of Judy North, who gave her name to Judy Woods. We'll take a trip to the site of her picnic gardens and try to imagine what her customers would have seen on the way. There are two stiles.   

Meet Mary Twentyman at the War Memorial at 2.15pm on Village Street, Norwood Green. HX3 8PZ.      

wear boots   Beware, guide is known to bite!     

Sunday 17th May 2020

cottonstones to kebroyd (and back)

Woods, worms, water and more. See how a landscape was bound and transformed by a skein of silken thread!  Footpaths and quiet roads.

Meet Anne Kirker at Cottonstones Church at 2.15pm HX6 3EU.  A three hour walk.

wear boots No dogs Extended walk

Sunday 19th May 2020

old hipperholme & coley

The villages of Hipperholme and Coley have a long history with several old pubs, houses, a church on the hill and a Hall which suffered during the Civil War. The walk includes a 20 minute stroll through an old wood ending in a short steep slope.

Meet Ian Philp at 2.15pm in the car park near to the Hare and Hounds in Hipperholme. HX3 8JG

New walk

Sunday 7th June 2020

Sowerby bridge

Explore the town and hear about its history and changing fortunes.


Meet David Cant at 2.15pm at Sowerby Bridge Marina, HX6 2AG.

Saturday 20th June 2020



Rediscovering vanished facilities and buildings including the Halifax Fairground, ‘St Helena’ Debtors’ Gaol, St Augustine’s Church, and The Workhouse. Concludes with a 90 minute tour of Lister Lane Cemetery – now a European Cemetery of Significance - where thousands of noted local residents lie buried.

Meet David Glover at Victoria Road  HX1 5PT at 2.15. A linear walk ending at Lister Lane Cemetery HX1 5JL.   Cemetery section not very suitable for wheelchairs / prams.

wear boots

Sunday 21st June 2020

going to church in todmorden

Many different denominations and congregations have worshipped in Todmorden over the centuries.  This walk explores the different churches and chapels of Todmorden and the development of non-conformity in the town


Meet Anne Mealia outside St Mary’s Church at 2.15pm. OL14 7BD.

New walk



Saturday 27th &

Sunday 28th June 2020

outlaws and Nuns

These 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 of the estate.

The Guides are Margaret & David Nortcliffe and Ian Philp.   The walk is 1½ miles, partly on woodland paths. 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 5th May. See details in panel at end of the programme.


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

No Dogs! wear boots

Sunday 5th July 2020

northowram village

A short and easy to navigate route through Towngate towards the Hough where older properties and Oliver Heywood stories reveal the earlier histories of Northowram going back to medieval times.
Returning via Bradford Road where Quarry House once stood which had links to coal mining and early American settlers. Finally an insight into the businesses that were situated around the Square area and changes that influence the Northowram we see today.

Meet Mike Beecham outside Northowram Methodist Church Northowram Green at 2.15pm.  HX3 7JF


Sunday 19th July 2020


Find out where three Suffragettes once lived, the Polling Station where women first voted in the West Riding, and the location of Emmeline Pankhurst’s 1911 rally.   Hear about Binns Wireworks, Highleys Mill, Ajax Machine Tools, and Martins Mill.  Plus - the unsolved Crabtree murder of 1870.


LINEAR WALK - 2½ hours. Meet David Glover at 2.15pm at Queens Road corner of Battinson Road, HX1 4NS.  Destination: Crossley Street, HX1 1UG  

New Walk extended walk        


Sunday 26th July 2020

dobroyd castle

By kind permission of the owners, this afternoon walk goes to, around and inside the striking 'Brass Castle' built above Todmorden by John Fielden in 1869. It includes the house, walled garden and stable block with details of their history and the family. Timing and meeting point details are issued with the tickets. The Guide is Anne Mealia.

and it will not be possible to just turn up on the day. This walk is £5 per head. Booking opens on Monday 17th June. See details in panel at end of the programme.
This walk is 1½ miles, part on woodland paths and strong shoes are advised. Ticket-holders should meet the Guide in Todmorden at 2.15 (full details supplied with tickets) for a ½ mile walk up the wooded hillside to the Castle.
Access to the Castle by car is difficult but if you need to go by car, route information will be supplied when booking.

no dogs wear boots

Sunday 2nd August 2020

nobbut norland

An attractive mix of village, moor, the early textile trade and old houses. Seven centuries of history and a diversion to Pickwood Scar.  Return to Norland Town via Dye House Lane. Uneven, steep footpath and quiet roads.

Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15pm at the War Memorial, near St Luke’s Church. HX6 3RJ.

Sunday 16th August 2020

dark halifax

Formerly 'Halifax's Dark Side', this walk recalls the severed heads, ghosts, creaking gibbets, strange burials and other peculiarities – like the guilty pig – historically associated with the places we visit around the centre of
town. N.B. Churchyard may be slippery.

Meet John Billingsley at 2.15pm by the Piece Hall’s top (Westgate) gate entrance.


Sunday 30th August 2020

midgeley moor

More than a moor, this extended walk (3hrs approx) takes in aspects of prehistory, folklore, custom, economic function,
geography and climate. Rough moorland terrain, around 3 miles: walking shoes and weatherproof clothing & snacks recommended for comfort.

Meet John Billingsley at 2.15pm at the crossroads by the Hare and Hounds in Old Town. HX7 8TN

extended walk wear bootees


Sunday 6th September 2020

central elland

In 1086 the town featured in Domesday Book. It has a fine old parish church. We’ll see how the town evolved and developed down the centuries.
Meet Ian Philp at 2.15pm by the noticeboard in the front of St Mary’s church. HX5 0RJ

Suitable for wheelchairs

Sunday 20th September 2020

the changing face of Mytholmroyd

Two hundred years of history in two hours.


Meet David Cant at 2.15pm at Community Centre Car Park, Caldene Avenue, HX7 5AF 

Suitable for wheelchairs

Sunday 4th October 2020

a shelf full of bottomleys

Lots of Bottomley families in Shelf but we're concentrating on the ones responsible for the development of the mills and Shelf Hall. There are stiles and steps on the way.


Meet Mary Twentyman at 2.15pm in the car park of Shelf Bethel Church off Carr House Road, Shelf. HX3 7RS

wear bloody boots

Sunday 18th October 2020

cornholme cornucopia

On the very edge of Calderdale, Cornholme has a rich industrial past and is especially well known for bobbin manufacture. This walk explores its industrial past and some more unusual aspects of its history.


Meet Anne Mealia outside the Waggon and Horses at 2.15pm. OL14 8NQ

wear boots new walk


Halifax Visitor Centre, The Piece Hall, Halifax HX1 1RE. The Centre is open 7 days a week 10:30 to 5:30 Bookings can be made in person, by phone on 01422 368725 (phone bookings will incur a p&p fee), or by post to the Halifax Visitor Centre, The Piece Hall, Halifax HX1 1RE. with full payment and a reply paid envelope (cheques to 'Calderdale MBC').

Our programme for summer will run from early April through to October 2020.

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.


We have around 100 walks in our collective repertoire covering much of Calderdale and can provide Guides to lead walks for private parties and societies. For more information email us at CdaleHeritageWks@gmail.com


If our walks have triggered an interest in Calderdale’s history, why not also visit Bankfield Museum, Shibden Hall, or the museum in Heptonstall  (check opening times on the Calderdale MDC website).  Calderdale Industrial Museum, next to the Piece Hall is well worth a visit on Saturdays. Tourist Information Centres at Halifax (now in the Piece Hall), Hebden Bridge and Todmorden have a range of information and literature about our fascinating District and its heritage.


There’s more information about local heritage in Calderdale libraries.  Halifax Central Reference Library has a wealth of books, photos, maps, pamphlet material and much more, covering the whole of Calderdale.  You’ll also find significant collections at Brighouse, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden libraries, regarding their local areas.