Another milestone in the renaissance plans for our town

Opening of the Beacon Hill pathway starting out from Shibden Hall carpark, Halifax'Pictured leading the way are Chris Sutcliffe, Adrian Rose and Emma Mavin

Opening of the Beacon Hill pathway starting out from Shibden Hall carpark, Halifax'Pictured leading the way are Chris Sutcliffe, Adrian Rose and Emma Mavin

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MAGNIFICENT views across Halifax are now one step closer after a new footpath to Beacon Hill was opened yesterday.

The walkway leading to the stunning vantage point starts opposite the top of Shibden Park, off Shibden Hall Road, and creates a link between the two attractions for the first time.

Land between the two sites was bought with funding from Calderdale Council and Yorkshire Forward to enable the corridor to be created.

Adrian Rose, Calderdale Council’s regeneration manager, said: “Funders were so captivated by the view from the top of Beacon Hill, and they realised what a special and unique setting Halifax has.

“This footpath means that more people can now come and enjoy it, hopefully for many years to come.”

The idea was developed as part of the Halifax Urban Renaissance Project, an ambitious regeneration plan for the future of the town that has driven schemes such as the restoration of the Elsie Whitely Centre and Somerset House.

Creating the footpath has been high on its agenda for some time, and local residents have long campaigned for rights of way access to Beacon Hill.

The project has taken around nine months of work by Calderdale Council, the Halifax Town Team and a devoted team of volunteers from the Calderdale Countryside service.

Councillor Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for economy and environment, said: “We are just absolutely thrilled that the path has finally opened. I think it’s a brilliant little scheme.

“It literally links our history with our wonderful landscape, and we’re hoping it will prove a real attraction for local people and visitors for decades to come.”