Upcoming Calderdale Heritage Walks – Some Wheelchair Accessible

Here’s the latest newsletter from Calderdale Heritage Walks, which includes all their upcoming walks, some of which are WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

After all of the Covid related problems over the past 2 years and following on from a partial summer programme, we are able to offer a complete winter programme. 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 15th October. Groups will be between 20 and 26. 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 1.30pm and the details of where to meet, including a post code, will be on your ticket. However one is a Monday evening and the walk round Shibden Valley begins at 1pm because it lasts for 3 hours. Despite all of this, we do hope that you will want to join some of the walks.

Most walks last 2 to 2½ 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 also indicated in the text.

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 cooperation and support. Our website has more information about us and the walks at: https://calderdaleheritagewalks.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.

Sunday 12th December 2021. Georgian Halifax. WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE
Three or four Halifax buildings of the 1700s / early 1800s are well known, but many others are far less familier. Anne Lister would have known them all! You’ll be surprised at the extent of Halifax’s Georgian heritage. Meet Anne Kirker by the West Gate [ie top gate] of Halifax Piece Hall. HX1 1PW

SUNDAY 19th December A stroll round the middle of old Elland WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE
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. From many banks, to none and a similar story for many mills. A town hall that was a cinema and an old fashioned cinema which carries on the old traditions. Meet Ian Philp at 1.30pm by the noticeboard in the front of St Mary’s church. HX5 0RJ

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. A variety of improvements to the transport system, abundant building materials, coal and skilled labour allowed this area to grow rapidly. Meet Ian Philp at 1.30pm in the car park adjoining the Assembly Rooms in Brighouse. HD6 1EL

SUNDAY 23rd January Lost Churches and Chapels of Halifax 
And there were many! We visit the sites of over twenty; a few remain, given new uses. From Square Congregational Chapel and Church, we move to the sites of vanished buildings: a forgotten Anglican Mission Church, a fine Unitarian Chapel, and a Baptist place of worship connected with a famous astronomer and composer. Then there was ‘Standeven’s Chapel,’ and the church where Anne Lister’s nemesis was buried. Also, the strange story of John Wesley and the wooden angel! A 2 ½ hours
easy stroll. Suitable for dogs on leads. Meet David Glover at 1.30pm at foot of steps outside Halifax Central Library, Square Road, HX1 1UN. 2 ½ hours

SUNDAY 30th January Shibden Park circuit; in the footsteps of Anne Lister.
A focus on the changing landscape of the Shibden Hall Estate at the time of Anne Lister. A short circular walk. Starts part way up Cunnery Lane to find out about the cottages, farms and tenants at the north side of the hall. It then turns through the woodland and emerges from the hidden tunnel to the front of the hall. Here we find out about the constant problems of security and changes Anne made to add to the privacy of her expanding estate. Looking down, the Lister mining activities at Mytholm can be seen and explained with a conclusion at Shibden Lake, where we find out about the changes and properties in this part of the parkland. Meet Mike Beecham at 1.30pm at Shibden Hall overflow carpark immediately after the Godley Lane entrance, HX3 6XG. Some tracks and damp areas of ground, walking footwear preferable. A disabled person could be helped in navigating this route, however there are some steep parts.

SUNDAY 20th February The Listers in Shibden Valley
We make our way from Shibden Hall to the hillside overlooking Halifax to where the now forgotten Cunnery Lane led towards Whiskam Bank, a route Anne took many times. From here can be seen the changes to the landscape where the new turnpike cut through her lands. Progressing onward to High Royd where her tenant Holt lived then on to where Copperas House owned by the Listers once stood. Down the old cobbled road of Lee Lane to see another Lister property. Passing the ancient Shibden Mill Inn and on to see Staups and Godley Grange two properties that played a part in expanding the Shibden Estate. Meet Mike Beecham at 1pm at Shibden Hall overflow carpark immediately after the Godley Lane entrance. HX3 6XG. Proper walking footwear required as parts of the route will be muddy tracks. Dogs on leads welcome. This is a 3 hour walk.

SUNDAY 27th February Young Anne Lister In Halifax WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE
View the house where Anne lived as a girl, with buildings and locations in Halifax associated with her earlier years. Learn about her early schooling in the town, her private tutor, and her point of departure on stagecoach journeys. Where did her earliest girlfriend live; and where did she buy her blank diaries? Also, see the home and bank of Christopher Rawson, and a filming location from Gentleman Jack. [Building exteriors only] Meet David Glover at 1.30pm at Range Bank, junction with Portland Road, HX3 6LB. Dogs on leads welcome. This is a circular walk of up to 3 hours. Some sections are fairly steep.

SUNDAY 6th March Mills, Moravians and more.
There’s more to Bailiff Bridge than the crossroads! Although the vast mills have mostly gone, there’s still plenty to see. We’ll visit the Moravian settlement at Lower Wyke and go inside the church before making our way back. We’re mainly on pavements, but some snickets could be a problem for a wheelchair. Meet Mary Twentyman at 1.30pm near the Community Centre, Bailiff Bridge, (please do not use their car park), park on Victoria Road, off the A649. HD6 4DX

SUNDAY 20th March The Forgotten Heart of Halifax WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE
Walking through history in the lower part of town: once the heart of Halifax. Slums, pubs, graft & charity: all life was there! Meet Anne Kirker at the Parish Church Gates, Causeway, HX1 1QR.

SUNDAY 27th March Walsden
This walk at the western extremity of Calderdale looks at early local transport systems back to pack horse trails and toll roads and tells the stories of local chapels, mills, a Nobel prize winner and some unusual shows. Dogs on leads welcome. Meet Anne Mealia at 1.30pm at Walsden Station OL14 6RR

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