Monday 5th February 2018 -Ogden Water
Today, as you may have noticed, the weather has been a bit mixed; although it was mainly fine and, mercifully, wind free, it also snowed a little and it was cold, icy and muddy, but that was not enough to deter our hardy group of walkers from taking part in our regular monthly countryside walk.
The Cross Hills Methodist Church Social Walking Group has just completed it's February monthly walk.
The route of today's fairly strenuous 7.5 mile walk started at one of Calderdale's ever popular beauty spots, Ogden Water Reservoir. From here, following a well defined track along the boundary of the Halifax Golf Club course, it was uphill to one of the highest points in Calderdale, the former Withens public house, passing-by one of the district's most iconic and visible landmarks, the gigantic wind turbines of Ogden Moor Wind Farm.
Then, surprise surprise, it was downhill, to join the Calderdale Way for a short distance, taking us, via the historical hamlets of Upper and Lower Saltonstall, to the highly regarded, Cat I Th'Well public house, where, together with drinks from the establishment, a picnic lunch was enjoyed.
Refuelled and re-energised, it was back uphill, through Wainstalls, and continuing further uphill to rejoin the Calderdale Way at Hunter Hill, high above the reservoir and residential district of Mixenden.
Finally, another short stretch of the Calderdale Way transported us back to our starting point at Ogden Water, but not before passing the micro brewery at Stod Fold, where a handful of handcrafted real ales are lovingly created.
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 were taken as we precariously traversed a snow covered field en route to Stod Fold.
Monday 8th January 2018 - Grange Moor
Well, although we have recently been experiencing freezing cold temperatures, the sun has been shining, making for perfect conditions for walking at this time of year. So today the Cross Hills Church Social Walking Group met once again for our monthly leg stretch, the first time since over-indulging during the Christmas and New Year periods, a relatively easy 6 mile stroll to shake off the cobwebs, burn off a few calories and shed a few pounds.
The waymarked circular route, taken from "Kirkburton Parish Walks", is entitled Beaumont's Bolt and starts at the Pit Village of Grange Moor and circles the Whitley Park Estate. Legend has it that the ghost of a highwayman from 300 years ago, Sir Richard Beaumont haunts the village of Grange Moor and the surrounding Whitley Estate.
The weather was fine, dry and sunny providing perfect conditions for some wonderful long distance views of the surrounding Kirklees countryside and the town of Huddersfield.
As usual, after the exertions of our walk, we returned to the Church for welcome refreshments of tea, coffee and home made cakes.
The attached photo of our Group was taken in front of one of the places of interest on the route, The Dumb Steeple in Grange Moor. It dates back to before 1766, when the "folly" was rebuilt by Sir Richard to mark the boundary of the Whitley Beaumont's Estate.