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Summer Walks Programme 2021

 

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After all of the Covid related problems over the last 12 months, we are now able to offer a programme running from late June to the end of October. We are being very cautious, as you would expect, and so there are some changes in our procedures. We need to restrict numbers in the groups both for your safety and that of our guides. For that reason all walks have to be pre-booked.

We will use TicketSource https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/calderdale-heritage-walks which appears to be an easy site to use and, if we have to cancel a walk, will provide an automatic refund. The cost of most walks will be £4 inclusive of booking fee but a few are £5 because of extra expenses. The site will open for bookings on Friday 21st May. Groups will be between 16 and 22. We will not have a printed programme this year:- advertising will be done by our circulation list, our website and our Facebook page.

Many of our walks start at 2pm and the details of where to meet, including a post code, will be on your ticket.

Two more changes for this season of walks are necessary. We will not be going into any building which we sometimes do. If the guide has a photograph to show, they will have to hold it up rather than pass round the group.

Despite all of this, we do hope that you will want to join some of the walks.

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.  Also indicated in the text are walks suitable for powered wheelchairs. Almost all starting points are served by public transport. Well behaved dogs on short leads are allowed on walks unless indicated in the text.

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 in the text.
We regret that we can’t offer our walks Outlaws and Nuns and Dobroyd Castle this year, but hope to be able to do so next year.
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.
Our website has more information about us and the walks at: www.CdaleHeritageWalks.org.uk
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

 

 

 

Summer Walks Programme 2021

Sunday 27th June 2021

NORTHOWRAM CENTRAL VILLAGE

Discover the older parts of Northowram village and its pattern of development. Roadside paths only. Dog friendly, one steep downhill narrow footpath on an incline that would be challenging for disabled.


Guide: Mike Beecham


Sunday 4th July 2021

A ROUND TRIANGLE

Exploring this Ryburn village and some of the nearby 'rural fringe' midway between Sowerby Bridge and Ripponden. Fine buildings and a Palladian mansion...and that's not all! See how the coming of the turnpike transformed this small settlement into what it is today. One longish steep climb and descent. A 2½ hour walk.


Guide: Anne Kirker



Wednesday 7th July 2021 6pm

ANNE LISTER’S HALIFAX: MOCK MARRIAGES AND EFFIGY-BURNING

The 1835 violent political contest in Halifax became known as the ‘window-breaking election’.   Immediately after, ‘mock marriage’ announcements appeared in Yorkshire newspapers. Then in 1836, lurid tales reached Shibden of Anne Lister and Ann Walker being burnt in effigy down in Halifax. Who was behind these pointed public attacks ~ and why?
A 2-hour circular early evening walk with short readings from Female Fortune. There are some steep steps. Sorry, no dogs.

 

Guide: Jill Liddington


Sunday 11th July 2021

ANN WALKER’S LIGHTCLIFFE

In 1830 Elizabeth & Ann Walker inherited much of Lightcliffe and became very wealthy. Within two years Ann had become the companion of Anne Lister. We walk round part of the estate passing where Ann lived. We finish in the churchyard where she is buried together with other members of her family, employees and tenants. The tower will be open with viewing restricted to the first 2 steps. This is a 2 hour circular walk, mainly on pavements with just a short walk across a footpath. Dogs on leads welcome.

 

Guide: Ian Philp


Sunday 18th July 2021

HALIFAX SUFFRAGETTES, JAZZ CLUB, MILLS AND MURDER

Our route leads partly through back streets, visiting sites where three women once lived, all imprisoned as Suffragettes in 1907.  In 1918 one of them was the first woman to vote in the West Riding, and we visit the site of her Polling Station.  Destination the YMCA (Marlborough Hall) where Emmeline Pankhurst once addressed a rally.  Also hear about the Crabtree murder of 1870, the founding of the Plebeians Jazz Club in 1961, and brief tales of mills along the route. Children and dogs welcome.
A 2 hour walk - but allow for walk (or bus) back to start.

 

Guide: David Glover


Saturday 24th July 2021

ANNE LISTER'S SHIBDEN: HER PRIVATE FACE

Anne Lister returned forlorn to Shibden in 1832, betrayed by yet one more woman’s marriage plans. Then re-acquaintance with neighbouring heiress Ann Walker changed her life ~ forever. Anne Lister deployed her considerable persuasive powers to enthral and seduce this wealthy young woman ~ all out of sight of prying eyes down in Halifax.
A 4-hour walk, including a very steep climb up Old Bank. Includes short readings from Nature’s Domain. Please bring packed lunch & snacks. Walking shoes or boots are essential. Sorry no dogs. Bus back to Halifax.

Please note that this walk will start at 11.30.

 

Guide: Jill Liddington and Steve Crabtree


Saturday 31st July 2021

ANNE LISTER’S SHIBDEN: MARRIAGE, MINING AND MONEY

After their ‘marriage’ in 1834, Ann Walker moved into Shibden. Anne Lister could now begin to realize her coal-mining ambitions. Walker Pit was sunk in 1835, named in honour of Ann. And by 1836, Anne Lister’s grand plans to make Shibden look magnificent began to take shape.
A 2½ hour circular afternoon walk, with one steep ascent. Walking shoes or boots are essential. Sorry no dogs.

Guide: Jill Liddington

Sunday 1st August 2021

UPPER BREAR & LOWER BRIANSCHOLES

 

Explore the area where Shibden Valley meets Brian Scholes/Chelsea Valley to discover the lost houses and ancient routes that connected them. A walk mainly through countryside with one steep incline through fields, some roadside pathways. Walking boots required with possibly muddy field paths.

Dog friendly. Estimated 2 miles.

 

Guide: Mike Beecham


Sunday 8th August 2021

going to church in todmorden

This is a new walk.
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. Dogs on leads welcome.

 

Guide: Anne Mealia

 

 


Sunday 15th August 2021

overlooking the valleys

Beginning with the west end of Old Town, and taking footpaths and moorland, we'll use the views to consider the history and folklore of more distant parts. Containing uneven and possibly muddy terrain; walking shoes recommended. 2½ hrs.


Guide: John Billingsley


Sunday 22nd August 2021

FINE HOUSES FOR MEN, SMALL FLATS FOR WOMEN - WITH ANN WALKER’S unwanted railway

Stories of gracious old stone houses to the south of Halifax town centre, including Holly House, Hope Hall, Well Head and Savile Green – the last two gone for ever.  Rawson and Waterhouse family anecdotes.  Includes the story of the 1938 Flats for Women, an early Housing Association scheme partly sponsored by the Soroptimists; the estate at Shay Syke inherited by Ann Walker (Shibden Hall) which the railway wanted to purchase; the home of Charles Dickens’ father-in-law; and the tale of Mrs Haigh of Lower Shaw Hill, who was buried alive! A 2¼ hour walk, children and dogs welcome.


Guide: David Glover


Sunday 29th August 2021

MIDGLEY MOOR

An off-road walk across the moor, taking in history, archaeology, climate and folklore. A longer walk for which reasonable fitness, stout footwear and weatherproof clothing are recommended. Walking poles  might be helpful - and energy snacks! Dogs must be on leads throughout. 3hr duration.


Guide: John Billingsley

 


 

Monday 30th August 2021

AROUND HEPTONSTALL

This offers a new route. A walk from the old church along the hillside, considering folklore, poets, and industrial history, returning to the village via an ancient corpseway. Steep high drops, unsuitable for those with vertigo, and highly uneven terrain through woodland make walking shoes and confidence in one's footing essential. No dogs. 2½ hrs.


Guide: John Billingsley


Saturday 4th September 2021

ANNE LISTER’S SHIBDEN: HER PRIVATE FACE

Anne Lister returned forlorn to Shibden in 1832, betrayed by yet one more woman’s marriage plans. Then re-acquaintance with neighbouring heiress Ann Walker changed her life ~ forever. Anne Lister deployed her considerable persuasive powers to enthral and seduce this wealthy young woman ~ all out of sight of prying eyes down in Halifax.
A 4-hour walk, including a very steep climb up Old Bank. Includes short readings from Nature’s Domain. Please bring packed lunch & snacks. Walking shoes or boots are essential. Sorry no dogs. Bus back to Halifax.

Please note that this walk will start at 11.30.

 

Guide: Jill Liddington and Steve Crabtree

Sunday 5th September 2021

OLD HIPPERHOLME & COLEY

This is a new walk. 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. Dogs welcome.


Guide: Ian Philp

 


Wednesday 15th September 2021 6pm

ANNE LISTER’S HALIFAX: MOCK MARRIAGES AND EFFIGY-BURNING

The 1835 violent political contest in Halifax became known as the ‘window-breaking election’.  Immediately after, ‘mock marriage’ announcements appeared in Yorkshire newspapers. Then in 1836, lurid tales reached Shibden of Anne Lister and Ann Walker being burnt in effigy down in Halifax. Who was behind these pointed public attacks ~ and why?
A 2-hour circular early evening walk with short readings from Female Fortune. There are some steep steps.

Sorry, no dogs.

 

Guide: Jill Liddington


Saturday 25th September 2021

ANNE LISTER’S SHIBDEN: MARRIAGE, MINING AND MONEY

After their ‘marriage’ in 1834, Ann Walker moved into Shibden. Anne Lister could now begin to realize her coal-mining ambitions. Walker Pit was sunk in 1835, named in honour of Ann. And by 1836, Anne Lister’s grand plans to make Shibden look magnificent began to take shape.
A 2½ hour circular afternoon walk, with one steep ascent. Walking shoes or boots are essential. Sorry no dogs.


Guide: Jill Liddington


Sunday 26th September 2021

ANNE LISTER’S HALIFAX - A THREE HOUR STROLL

Without including Shibden or the Minster, a circular walk through the town, looking at buildings and locations Anne knew well. Where did she live as girl near North Bridge?  Where was she schooled at the age of 11?  From which coaching inns did Anne travel?  Where was her bank?  Where was the home of her antagonist Christopher Rawson?  We see the locations of houses where she courted women, and a building from which she saw a hot-air balloon arise.   Also, we learn where Ann Walker’s grandfather was buried. 
A 3 hour walk.


Guide: David Glover


Sunday 3rd October 2021

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. Wonderful views! Hopefully returning to Norland Town via Dye House Lane. Uneven, steep footpath and quiet roads. Strong footware is recommended. Dogs on leads welcome. A 2½ hour walk.


Guide: Anne Kirker


Sunday 17th October 2021

cornholme cornucopia

This is a new walk. 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. Dogs on leads are welcome.


Guide: Anne Mealia


Sunday 31st October 2021

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. Dogs on leads are welcome. Suitable for powered wheelchairs.

 

Guide: Anne Kirker

 

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PRIVATE PARTY WALKS
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.

PRIVATE PARTY WALKS
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

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.

CONTACT US
To be added to our emailing list for programmes and newsletters or to contact us on other matters, please email us at:  CdaleHeritageWks@gmail.com     

 

 

 
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