Dead Man’s walk is open again

AFTER a 10-year delay, a footpath known as Dead Man’s Walk has finally been added to the definitive map.

In the summer of 2001, Brian Holser and his neighbours asked for the path between Back Glen Terrace, Free School Lane and Heath Road, Halifax, to be given official recognition and protection.

They were told by Calderdale Council’s rights of way officer: “There will be a delay in proceeding with this application as there are a number of previous applications.”

But the council has now confirmed that an order has been made under section 53 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Mr Holser said he was surprised it had taken so long.

“But it just goes to show that if you wait long enough, just about anything is possible.”

The path crosses the rear of the former Royal Halifax Infirmary, possibly near where the old mortuary, which may be how it got its name. The area has now been converted to housing.

l Do you know how Dead Man’s Walk got its name? Email or write to Yoursay, PO Box 19, Halifax HX1 2SF.