First Monday of each month. Meet at Cross Hills at 9.00am

Our next Group walk will be on MONDAY 2nd JULY 2018.

The route of this circular walk starts at one of the most well known and prominent landmarks within the district of Kirklees, Castle Hill. The route follows the Holme Valley Circular Walk route for much of the way and takes in Armitage Bridge, Honley and Farnley Tyas.

The Grade II listed Castle Hill Monument (the Victoria Tower) was built between 1897 and 1899 to commemorate Queen Victoria's 60 years reign as monarch.

The walk is about 6.5 miles and is quite hilly and strenuous, but, weather permitting, we should be rewarded with some beautiful panoramic views of the countryside in this lovely part of the world.

The walk should take about 4.5 hours, including our usual elevensies break and picnic lunch.

As usual, please keep an eye on your e-mails, as we may have to make alternative arrangements if we have a spell of inclement weather before the day of the walk.

As usual, we will meet at Cross Hills Church at 9:00am with cars and drive to the starting point, the car park at Castle Hill, with a view to starting the walk by about 09:45am.

After the walk, we will return to the Church for refreshments.

If anybody would prefer and intends to go directly to Castle Hill, please endeavour to arrive there no later than 09:30am, and let us know in advance so we don't wait unnecessarily for you at the Church.

Please note that this walk will be led by Robert as I will be on holiday (again!). So if you need to contact him his e-mail address is

Hope as many of you as possible will go and support Robert.

Enjoy the walk,



Monday 4th June

Today I can report that the Cross Hills Methodist Church Social Walking Group was able to stretch our legs in our regular monthly countryside walk on a warm, if somewhat fresh, early summer's day.

The route of today's strenuous 8 mile walk started in the village of Stainland and provided us with extensive panoramic views up and down the Black Brook valley. Sowood was our first destination, via the locally well known Deer Park. Then it was down into the valley, across the stream and up the opposite hillside to Ringstone where we recharged the batteries with a picnic lunch. Re-energised, we made our way through Krumlin before dropping back down into the valley. After a short walk along the riverside we made our final long climb up Beestonley Lane to Gate Head and then across Bradley Hall Golf Course to our starting point in Stainland.

After a gruelling, but rewarding, four and a half hours, we returned to the Church for well deserved refreshments of tea, coffee and homemade cakes.

The attached photo of our Group was taken from Ringstone with the villages of Krumlin and Barkisland in the background.

Kind regards and keep smiling,