Posted 16th March 2020
Dear Walking Group Friends,
I'm afraid I'm going to have to tell you what you're probably already expecting.
Regrettably, following this evening's Press Conference Announcement by our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, we have decided that, as our Group Walk constitutes a "large social gathering", and also includes a number of people over the age of 70, all future monthly Group Walks will be cancelled until further notice.
It's a shame, because after all the incredibly wet and windy weather we've endured recently, we were looking forward to our next walk which was going to be the Hebden Bridge Loop, for which we just completed our reccy today.
Oh well, let's hope that when we are eventually given the green light to get on with our lives, it's still summer and we get the chance to enjoy some warm sunny day walks before the weather starts to turn again.
So until then, look after yourselves and your loved ones and try to keep smiling.
: Please note that this walking group is organised on a totally informal basis, and all participants are advised that they join and participate in the walks at their own risk and no liability for accident or injury can be accepted by Cross Hills Methodist Church or any of the organisers.
Why not scroll down to see our previous walks and some pictures of the gorgeous views we see on our walks.
MONDAY 3rd FEBRUARY 2020
On Monday 3rd February 2020 the Cross Hills Methodist Church Walking Group enjoyed a pleasant sunny day stroll around the now world famous Shibden Valley - the old stamping ground of Anne Lister (alias Gentleman Jack). The 6 mile route, called the Anne Lister Walk, started at Claremount. We made our way uphill to Lee Lane, the steep cobbled road from the Shibden Mill restaurant to Ploughcroft, known as the Cote de Shibden Wall during the Tour De France cycle race. We dropped downhill to Scout Hall and into Shibden Dale and Shibden Park, where we enjoyed a picnic lunch in the sunshine. Finally, we climbed steeply up to Beacon Hill before returning to the start.
The remarkably mild and pleasant weather conditions enabled us to enjoy some splendid views in one of Calderdale's most picturesque areas.
At the end of the walk, we returned to the Church for welcome refreshments of tea, coffee and home made cakes
Monday 6th January 2020
On Monday 6th January 2020 the Cross Hills Methodist Church Walking Group met for it's regular monthly countryside ramble, to welcome in not only a new year, but another new decade.
Weather conditions for this time of year were remarkably mild and pleasant and, consequently, we were rewarded with some splendid views of the Shelley and Shepley countryside.
Our walk started from Shelley Woodhouse. We made our way gradually uphill on country roads, tracks and footpaths through fields and meadows to Upper Cumberworth. We then picked up the Dearne Way until we reached the high point on our route at Snowgate Head. The Kirklees Way then led us downhill into Shepley and a final gentle stroll back to our starting point in Shelley.
At the end of the walk, which was about 7 miles, we enjoyed welcome refreshments of tea, coffee and cakes at the very popular Shelley Garden Centre Tea Rooms.
Monday 9th December 2019
Once again, I find myself saying "Time flies when you're enjoying yourself".
And our Walking Group has been doing just that all year. The Cross Hills Methodist Church Walking Group ambles around our stunning local countryside on the first Monday of every month. And to say we have been lucky with the weather on each of those occasions would be an understatement. The weather has been brilliant for us on almost every occasion.
Our December walk was no exception. Following several days of heavy rainfall, the day turned out to be another glorious sunny day. So we donned our boots and Christmas Jumpers and set out from Ringstone Reservoir and walked to Scammonden where we were blessed with stunning views from the Reservoir and all the way down the Black Brook Valley to Stainland. We climbed up and over Clock Face Quarry to our next vantage point on Ringstone Moor where we were rewarded with views from Baitings Reservoir and all along the Ryburn Valley. We continued downhill into Ripponden, before the final long ascent back to our starting point via the village of Krumlin.
We rounded off the 5 mile walk in the best possible way by entering into the festive spirit, enjoying an excellent Christmas Lunch at The Sportsmans Inn, Greetland.
A photograph of our very handsome Group members, posing for the camera at Clock Face Quarry with a very busy M62 Motorway and Baitings Reservoir in the background.
All the best for Christmas and the New Year,
11th November 2019
Today the Cross Hills Methodist Church Walking Group set out on our regular monthly walk on a day when we experienced all the elements a typical British Autumn day could throw at us - sunshine, showers and a stiff cold breeze!
Starting in the village of Cowling, near Silsden, and due to the recent very wet weather, we made our way uphill across saturated fields and fast flowing streams, until we reached the open moorland plateau and Earl Crag, a vertical rocky edge, high above the Airedale valley below. From this vantage point, extensive views could be enjoyed up and down the valley from Skipton to Keighley. We also visited the two other memorial and/or folly features, prominent on the skyline of this area, Wainman's Pinnacle and Lund's Tower, known locally as the Salt and Pepper Pots.
Then, following our picnic lunch, it was an easy stroll downhill and along the riverbank back to the start at Cowling.
At the end of our 6 mile and 4 hour ramble, we returned to the Church for welcome refreshments of tea, coffee and homemade cakes.
7th October 2019
On Monday 7th October 2019 the Cross Hills Methodist Church Walking Group met for it's regular monthly countryside ramble.
Due to an adverse weather forecast and holiday commitments, our numbers were seriously reduced, but those of us who braved the elements were rewarded with surprisingly pleasant weather conditions and, consequently, splendid clear views of the Airedale Valley.
Our walk started from the Car Park in the centre of Silsden. We made our way gradually uphill through fields and meadows to the high point on our route at Kildwick Moor. From our high vantage point, we were able to view the numerous flooded fields in the valley below. Finally, it was downhill all the way into Low Bradley where we enjoyed our picnic lunch at the Cricket Ground, before joining the Tow Path of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal for a gentle stroll back to our starting point in Silsden.
At the end of the walk, which was about 8 miles, we returned, as usual, to Cross Hills Church for a welcome refreshments of tea, coffee and homemade cakes.
2nd September 2019
On Monday 2nd September 2019 the Cross Hills Methodist Church Walking Group met for it's regular monthly countryside ramble.
Following requests by members of the Group, we stayed reasonably local, the walk starting in the Car Park overlooking the ever popular beauty spot of Scammonden Reservoir (and, some would say, the even more popular M62 Motorway!). We followed the route of the Kirklees Way for a short distance uphill to Goat Hill and Bradshaw, from where we enjoyed views down the Colne Valley from Marsden to Slaithwaite.
We then joined the route of the Colne Valley Circular Walk, which took us to Pole Hill, the site of the two landmark transmitter masts which are ever visible on our local skyline. We rejoined the Kirklees Way for the final leg of the walk, rising steeply up to the highest point in the area, Worts Hill at about 1,200 feet above sea level, from where a panoramic view of the area was provided, before descending and returning to our starting point.
After an early heavy shower, the weather, in the main, remained kind to us, with sunny intervals and a gentle breeze for the duration of the walk.
At the end of the walk, which was about 7 miles, we returned, as usual, to Cross Hills Church for a welcome rest and refreshments of tea, coffee and homemade cakes.
5th August 2019
The Cross Hills Methodist Church Walking Group completed it's regular monthly countryside ramble.
However, owing to a slight organisational mix up by yours truly, the walk did not get off to the best start - it always helps to bring the right map for the proposed route! But at least we were in the right town!.
So the unplanned circular walk started in the Car Park in the centre of Silsden . We made our way uphill to Town Head where we joined the Millennium Way, which took us to the heights of Silsden Moor, then higher still to Addingham Moor where we enjoyed our picnic lunch. Following our brief but welcome descent into Addingham, we climbed the hills once again, to the highest point on our route, just below the summit of Black Hill. Thankfully, the final leg was downhill all the way back to our starting point in Silsden.
The walk was about 8.5 miles long and quite strenuous, but well worth the effort for some amazing views, and especially as the weather was warm, fine and sunny.
As usual, at the end of the walk, we returned to the Church for welcome refreshments of tea, coffee and homemade cakes.
Monday 1st July 2019
The Cross Hills Methodist Church Walking Group completed it's regular monthly countryside ramble.
As most of us are partial to a bit of artistic culture, we decided that we could exercise not only our bodies but also our minds.
And where better to do that than the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at West Bretton which became the focal point of our walk, which started in High Hoyland and passed Clayton West en route. As we strolled through the Park, we were able to view masterpieces by well known sculptors such as Henry Moore and Damien Hirst, providing the opportunity for discussion and thought provoking constructive comment within our group.
The weather remained fine with sunny intervals and a gentle breeze making conditions perfect for walking.
At the end of the walk, which was about 7.5 miles, we returned to Cross Hills Church for a welcome rest and refreshments of tea, coffee and homemade cakes.
10th June 2019
Once again, we decided to venture slightly further afield, into the Yorkshire Dales, and the chosen route was around the village of Appletreewick which is in the very attractive Wharfedale valley, near to Bolton Abbey.
The circular walk started near the Tea Room of Parcevall Hall in Skyreholme. We made our way uphill to Troller's Gill and the moors of Appletreewick Pasture. Then we descended into Appletreewick, where we joined the Dales Way and followed the River Wharfe downstream to Howgill, before returning to our cars at Skyreholme.
The walk was about 7 miles long and was quite strenuous, but well worth the effort, for, as you would expect in this part of the world, the scenery is beautiful, and as the weather remained fine and sunny, we were rewarded with some glorious panoramic views.
At the end of the walk, we made use of the facilities of the Parcevall Hall Tea Room for a welcome rest and refreshments before returning home.
Monday 6th May 2019
Having decided to "Go Local" for this month's walk, the Cross Hills Church Social Walking Group took to the pastures, woods, hills and dales of the Luddenden Valley and enjoyed a bright and beautiful May Day out, walking a fairly strenuous 7 mile route, which started in the heart of Warley Town. For a number of the Group Members who were born and raised in the area, it was a nostalgic walk down Memory Lane.
The walk started by going steeply uphill to Norton Tower and by-passing West End Golf Course and Roils Head Playing Fields. Then it was on to Mount Tabor, from where we could observe the old Webster's Brewery site, before descending into Luddenden Dean where we enjoyed our picnic lunch. Finally, we passed by Luddenden Village on the way back to the starting point in Warley. We were blessed with a bright clear day, which allowed us to enjoy some of the best views the beautiful Luddenden Valley has to offer.
At the end of a rewarding walk, we returned, as usual, to the Church for our welcome refreshments of tea, coffee and home made cakes.
2nd March 2019
Having seen Storm Freya pass through Calderdale overnight, the Cross Hills Church Social Walking Group took advantage of its good fortune and enjoyed a surprisingly pleasant Spring day out and walked a relatively easy 6 mile route, which started in Shelf Hall Park. Following the Calderdale Way across some lush green pastures, we made our way to the delightful villages of Coley and Norwood Green. Then, after our picnic lunch, it was woodland all the way on our return, Judy Wood, Royds Hall Great Wood and Jagger Park Wood.
At the end of a lovely walk, we were very kindly treated at her home to refreshments of tea, coffee and home made cakes, by Yvonne, one of our Group Members.