This week’s featured ewalk courtesy of www.walkingbritain.co.uk explores the charming and atmospheric village of Luddenden.
This 6.5 mile walk takes you north along the beautiful Luddenden Brook, through deciduous woodland, over heather moorland, and along old drovers’ ways. The sight and sound of water - becks, falls, rills - are constants throughout. And the views across Luddenden Valley are wonderful.
Start at the public car park on Luddenden Lane, turn right and walk up the High Street.
It falls away to the left, the church and the Lord Nelson pub - the well maintained path is opposite the latter, and follows the Luddenden Brook for about a mile.
Above on your left, Oats Royd Mill follows your progress.
When you reach Booth Hill turn right and walk uphill.
Shortly take the path signed Jerusalem Farm which drops to the left. It takes you through the small nature reserve of Wade Wood and soon, at the fork, becomes the Calderdale Way on the right. Ignore the sign to Saltonstall and follow your nose, finally skirting the wood along what is clearly an old drovers’ way till you reach Heys Lane.
Turn right and immediately left, still on the Calderdale Way, climbing and passing behind Lower Green Edge farm. Keep ahead, passing the left-hand gated road sign, and arrive at Castle Carr Road, following this left. After a few yards take the waymarked stile on the left - the path descends to ruins of old farm buildings, skirts round these and then goes diagonally to the stile in the far left corner of the adjacent field. The next few yards are steep and slippery.
Take the stile on the left at the beck, and follow the path through Upper Heys Wood to Low Lane where you turn right and follow the road past
Lower Height Farm to the splendid gothic gatehouse and, apparently, former gasworks. Pass under its arch along Catherine House Lane.
Follow this excellent track for a mile. When you arrive at a small car park take the right hand road. Reaching the end of Dry Carr Lane, turn right, bear left and climb quite steeply - you are back on the Calderdale Way.
After 100 yards take the stile on the right. The path bears left along the moor’s edge; take the third stile, passing immediately under power cables and crossing Thorney Lane, dropping down a setted path. When you reach a crossroads of tracks turn right and follow this path to Midgley.
Do notice, however, the steep setted drop to the mill, as well as the walled and setted path which you will pass - little wonders of engineering and masonic skill.
At the junction of roads, with the school ahead, cross and follow the road left down Solomon Hill which becomes New Road and then keeps ahead along Luddenden Lane to the car park.
Here is your handy guide to some of the walks coming up in Calderdale:
Youngsters can enjoy a wildside: bumblebee hunt around Cromwell Bottom on Saturday, June 20.
Join Peachysteve from Halifax Scientific Society and Robin Dalton on an easy ramble around Cromwell Bottom nature reserve to hunt for some of our busiest insects – bumblebees. Bumblebee numbers are declining nationwide so come along and find out more about them and what you can do to help. We’ll also be looking for the flowers that bumblebees and other insects love and maybe even spot a few early butterflies.
Meeting point and time: 2pm in the car park behind Cromwell house off the A6025 Elland-Brighouse Road.
Contact Robin Dalton on 07712 867619 for further information.
On Sunday, June 21 walk the two valleys from Scammonden.
Meet Caroline Spalding of the Calderdale Ramblers for this 5.5 mile moderate walk.
Meeting point and time: 11am at Scammonden water car park. Contact the leader Caroline Spalding on 07435 967499 for further information.
Get the week off to a good start with an Elland and back again walk on Tuesday, June 23.
Meet David Austin of the Calderd-ale Ramblers for this 4 mile moderate summer evening walk.
Meeting point and time: 7pm at Elland Town Hall. Contact the leader David Austin on 07790 480058 for further details.