Hidden trenches discovered in Halifax used by First World War heroes
Trodden three feet deep into the soil in a Calderdale wilderness, there are bootprints on a road to hell that the land never took back.
The soldiers of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment did their training in this part of Long Wood, Copley before they were sent to the Western Front.
However, little is known of the areas role in the wartime preparations.
The practice trenches, constructed in the same zig-zag style as those in were first recorded by a team of volunteers in January last year.
Archivists have also unearthed evidence of how trees and the woodland have been managed and used through time.
Now in its final year, the project has surveyed 38 areas of Pennine woodland and found 1,500 new or previously unrecorded archaeological features.