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Summer Walks Programme 2018

 

Holy face

Our summer programme has fortnightly walks. The majority are on Sundays, with a few falling on a Saturday or Bank Holiday Monday..
Most require no pre-booking, just turn up and pay the Guide – its £3 (all ages). Those events that require pre-booking are clearing defined.

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@gmail.com

  To check if a walk has been cancelled please check Facebook

 

Summer Walks Programme 2018

Sunday 25th March 2018

When panic seized the town

A major outbreak of smallpox hit Brighouse area in1892. We'll visit key sites in Clifton.

 

Meet John Brooke at 2.00 p.m. by the War Memorial in the centre of Clifton. HD6 4HS.


Monday 2nd April 2018

Four Squared in Halifax

Three of Halifax’s major four squares have undergone dramatic changes in the last two years. This walk looks at 250 years of development in the new cultural quarter.

 

Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15pm at the top of Woolshops in central Halifax. HX1 4RU


Sunday 15th April 2018

parks, pendants and planers

In 1850 the Highroadwell and West End area was just farms, fields, a quarry and an old road, now it's a busy mixed suburb. How did it all change?


Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15pm at West View Park (Lodge entrance), Warley Rd, Halifax HX1 0BQ


Sunday 29th April 2018

overlooking the valleys

An important aspect of hilltop villages is their 'viewshed'. This walk takes in places and landmarks visible from Old Town. Some rougher walking and stout footwear needed. Dogs must be on short leads.


Meet John Billingsley at 2.15pm outside Old Town School, Billy Lane. HX7 8RY


Monday 7th May 2018

six of one and half a dozen of the other

This extended walk of about 3 miles has elements of the fringe areas of both Shelf and Norwood Green and the lanes between them.


Meet Mary Twentyman at 2.15pm in the carpark at Shelf Hall Park (off Bridle Stile) HX3 7NW Extended walk


Sunday 13th May 2018

sam hill's soyland

Visit sites associated with irascible Sam Hill, a well known 18th century textile entrepreneur and the greatest landowner in Soyland at the time – quite a character! 2.5 to 3 mile walk - stout footwear and outdoor gear recommended.


Meet Anne Kirker at 2.15pm at Ripponden Parish Church. HX6 4D Extended walk


Monday 28th May 2018

A pennine gem

The charming village of Luddenden – a look at its history, church, inn and other old buildings, plus its involvement with the textile industry, the Bronte connection and more!


Meet David Cant at 2.15pm at the New Road carpark at the south end of the village. HX2 6QLF


Sunday 3rd June 2018

Clifton's railway

 

The social and industrial history of the steam-driven rope railway serving the former local coal industry. We'll walk some of the narrow-gauge track (by permission) to find other remains. Stout shoes needed.


Meet John Brooke at 2.15pm in the Armytage Arms carpark, Clifton (on A 643, ½ mile north-east of Brighouse centre). HD6 4HX

 

Sunday 10th June 2018

walking with women's suffrage

An afternoon walk with Jill Liddington in the Hebden Bridge area following the footsteps of Lavena Saltonstall to visit the homes of local suffragettes, the clothing factories where they worked and George Square where Emmeline Pankhurst addressed the crowds.

 

PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. It will not be possible to just turn up on the day. Booking opens 1st May at the Visitor Centre desk in Halifax Central Library. You can book in person, by phone on 01422 368725 or by post to Visitor Centre, Halifax Central Library, HX1 1QG with full payment and a reply paid envelope.
The charge for this walk is £4.50. Cheques payable to 'Calderdale MBC'.


Saturday & Sunday 24 June 2018

Outlaws & Nuns

These walks are on the private Kirklees Estate at Clifton, by kind permission of the owners. They include the former Nunnery site, Gate House, 15th to 18th century farm buildings and 'Robin Hood's Grave'.

 

PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. It will not be possible to just turn up on the day. These walks are £5 per head. Booking opens on 1st May at the Visitor Centre desk in Halifax Central Library. You can book in person, by phone on 01422 368725 (fee for card transactions), or by post to: Visitor Centre, Halifax Central Library, HX1 1QG 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. There are no buses to the Estate on Sundays.

 

The Guides are Margaret & David Nortcliffe. The walk is 1.5 miles, partly on woodland paths and strong shoes are advised. There will be several walks over the 2 days.


Sunday 1st July 2018

Suffragettes & slaves

A linear walk with Jill Liddington to visit the homes of Halifax's own nest of suffragettes. A four hour walk across Savile Park, along Queens Rd. to the Mechanics Institute where, in 1911, Emmeline Pankhurst urged women to boycott the census. Bring a snack lunch and drink. Returning to the start by service bus late afternoon.

 

PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. It will not be possible to just turn up on the day! Booking opens on the 1st May at the Visitor Centre desk in Halifax Central Library. You can book in person, by phone on 01422 368725 or by post to: Visitor Centre, Halifax Central Library, HX1 1QG with full payment and a reply paid envelope. The charge for this walk is £4.50. Cheques payable to 'Calderdale MBC'.


Sunday 8th July 2018

Elland centre

In 1086 the town featured in Domesday book. It has a fine, old Parish Church and one of the oldest town centres in Calderdale. We'll see how areas of it have evolved and developed down the centuries.


Meet Ian Philp at 2.15 pm by Elland Parish Church notice board. HX5 0RU


Sunday 22nd July 2018

Around heptonstall

An attractive scenic stroll around Eaves, Slack and Heptonstall - a world of folklore, poets, plague villages and other aspecta of local history. Some rougher paths and a steep drop on one side. Extended walk, suitable footware needed.


Meet John Billingsley at 2.15pm in Heptonstall Bowling Club carpark. HX7 7LT. Extended walk


Sunday 29th July 2018

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.

PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL and it will not be possible to just turn up on the day. This walk is £4 per head. Booking opens on Monday 25 June at the Visitor Centre desk in Halifax Central Library. You can book in person, by phone on 01422 368725, or by post to: Halifax Visitor Centre, Central Library, Halifax HX1 1QG with full payment and a reply paid envelope (cheques to 'Calderdale MBC').

This walk is 1.5 miles, part on woodland paths and strong shoes are advised. Ticket-holders should meet the Guide in Todmorden at 2.15pm (full details supplied with tickets) for a ½ mile walk up the wooded hillside to the Castle – strong shoes advised.
Access to the Castle by car is difficult but if you need to go by car, route information will be supplied when booking. Those arriving by car should meet the Guide at the Castle door at 2.45 pm. OL14 7JY


Sunday 5th August 2018

The changing face of Mytholmroyd

The severe flooding in 2015 has resulted in many changes, some of which are still underway. On this new walk we will look at how these are affecting the village.


Meet David Cant at 2.15pm at Mytholmroyd Community Centre car park, Caldene Avenue HX7 5AF New walk


Saturday 11th August 2018

Akroydon and around

The walk includes one of Britain's finest churches, a model village, the young days of a fine English actor and a mass murderer, plus an Indian V.C, a suicidal vicar, a Bermuda shipwreck and an M.P.


Meet David Glover 1.30pm at Bankfield Museum, Halifax. HX3 6HG. Please note the day and time.


Sunday 19th August 2018

Midgley moor

The moors have played a part in local history for millennia and retain memories of usage from the Bronze Age to the present. Some rougher paths. Extended walk, stout footwear required. Dogs must be on a short lead.


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


Monday 27th August 2018

Wainhouse trail

Looking at J. E. Wainhouse – the man, his properties, his life and his famous feud with Sir Henry Edwards. He was more than just a tower builder! The tower will be open this day 11 - 4 pm.


Meet David Nortcliffe at 2.15 p.m. at the base of Wainhouse Tower. Access on foot from Wakefield Gate, off Skircoat Moor Road. HX2 7EN. (If you're doing both Tower & Walk – do the Tower first.)


Sunday 2nd September 2018

victorian halifax

This is the period when Halifax expanded dramatically and the area prospered. We will look at some of the impressive buildings from that period.


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


Sunday 16th September 2018

they designed lightcliffe

Looking at some interesting local buildings of differing styles - many of which were the work of local architects who also designed public buildings and workers' housing in this area.


Meet John Brooke at 2.15 pm by The Old Church Dental Practice on A58 Whitehall Rd, 600 yards east of Hipperholme crossroads. HX3 8NT


Sunday 30th September 2018

history on the hillside

Exploring the Birchcliffe and Nutclough areas where Victorian Hebden Bridge expanded. Some ups and downs and a section of woodland are involved. Stout footwear recommended.


Meet Jo Bird at 2.15 pm in St. George's Square, Hebden Bridge. HD7 8ET. New walk


Sunday 14th October 2018

WAlsden

A new walk at one of our western extremities. Looking at the area and local transport systems back to pack horse tracks and toll roads, plus the stories of local chapels, mills, and a Nobel prize winner.


Meet Anne Mealia at 2.15 pm outside Walsden station. OL14 7ST. New walk


Sunday 28th October 2018

Lower Raistrick

The area where Rastrick meets Brighouse. It grew from around 1840 onwards into a complete new community with, not just houses, but its own small mills, places of worship, shops, pubs and the like.


Meet Ian Philp at 2.15 pm in the carpark adjoining the Assembly Rooms, Briggate, Brighouse. HD6 1EL.


 

Our programme for summer will run from early April through to October 2018.

To receive Programmes and Newsletters by email, contact us at : CdaleHeritageWks@gmail.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.

 

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

 

 

 
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