Ramblers on the Cragg Vale Coiners trail

Pausing high above Mytholmroyd, Pearce family, left to right: Harry, Kath Pearce (grandma), Dominic Hudson (cousin), Ben Pearce (uncle), Vern Pearce (grandad), & dogs Finlay and Molly.

Pausing high above Mytholmroyd, Pearce family, left to right: Harry, Kath Pearce (grandma), Dominic Hudson (cousin), Ben Pearce (uncle), Vern Pearce (grandad), & dogs Finlay and Molly.

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WALKERS followed in the footsteps of the Cragg Vale Coiners.

More than two dozen people joined Mytholmroyd Walkers’ Action to wind their way around Cragg Vale, on the track of local Coiners and their houses.

They started at Mytholmroyd station, climbing up Daisy Bank, around Cragg Vale, crossing Turvin Clough by a narrow footbridge.

Footpaths officer Julian Harber led the walk which took in six Coiners’ homes to learn more about the history of daring local coining between 1765-75.

“People sometimes wonder why coin-clipping took place up Cragg Vale.

“In the late 18th century the large Halifax Parish was one of the most dynamic industrial regions of Britain and indeed the world,” said Mr Harber.

“The prosperity of the local textile trade meant that there was a huge influx of gold coin into the area.

“If local industry had not been so lucrative, coining and clipping here would have been impossible,” he added.

Their next walk is on September 10, when Mick Chatham will lead a longer Cragg Vale Coiners’ route.

For more details about the walking group and future treks visit www.mytholmroydwalkers.org.