HISTORY: Heritage Walks

Calderdale Heritage Walks is an organisation dedicated to offering the public a year-round programme of walks throughout Calderdale linked to the history and heritage of this rather special area. The majority of walks are centred on the towns and villages, but some have a more rural feel and explore the old lanes, paths and settlements of our extensive countryside.

Each season they include new walks so that there are always things to interest even patrons of several years standing. The standard walks last 2 to 2¼ hours, and are fairly easy walking.‘Extended’ walks last 2½ to 3 hours and some of those use rural paths and are harder walking. The majority of walks are not really suited to those under thirteen.

Most start points are accessible by public transport and their standard walks always go ahead, whatever the weather. If one person turns up – the walk is on ! The charge for almost all walks is £3 (for all ages).

If you’d like to be on their emailing list and receive our twice-yearly Newsletter plus an advance copy of new programmes, please contact  CdaleHeritageWks@aol.com

They also have an excellent website: www.calderdaleheritagewalks.org.uk

Some of the upcoming walks:

  • May 22 – Barkisland. We’ve not been there for a few years. Its history goes back to the Vikings and beyond.
  • May 29 – Cliffe Hill at Lightcliffe. New last year and proved very popular. So we’re paying a return visit.
  • May 30 – The Wheatley Valley. A new walk in outer Halifax with much more history than one might suppose.
  • June 5 – ‘Billy & Trigger’ featuring an adventurer and his horse. Not our usual topics – but fascinating stuff !
  • July 17 – Alcomden. A new walk in this moorland area to see what happened there over the last 6 centuries.
  • July 23 – Lower Colden. Now it’s a delightful quiet valley, yet in 1800s it was a real hive of industry.
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