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

Here is your reminder about our next monthly Group Walk, which will be on MONDAY 4th MARCH 2019

This month we are going to stay relatively local, starting in the village of Shelf. The route of this 6 mile walk was published in the Halifax Courier at the end of December 2018. We shall make our way south to Coley and Norwood Green, before turning north to return to the starting point via Judy Woods. The walk provides some lovely views of this very old and historic area of Calderdale and in my opinion, is one of the nicest walks we have done for some time.

Obviously it's a bit soon to be forecasting the weather but if we do get a prolonged rainy spell before the day of the walk, many of the fields and paths are likely to be wet and muddy, so please dress appropriately and walking polls/sticks are recommended for a couple of areas which are steep and slippery.

We expect the walk to take about 4 hours, including time for our usual elevensies break and picnic lunch. Then it's back to the Church for tea, coffee and cake.

As usual, we will meet at Cross Hills Methodist Church at 9:00am with cars and drive to the starting point in the Car Park of Shelf Hall Park, where there is ample free parking.

If anybody would prefer and intends to go directly to Shelf, please let me know in advance so we don't wait unnecessarily for you at the Church.

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

Hope to see as many of you as possible.

Keep smiling,

Andrew

 

Disclaimer: 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 4th FEBRUARY 2019

 

Today the Cross Hills Methodist Church Social Walking Group completed our regular monthly ramble in surprisingly pleasant weather conditions, considering the wintery conditions experienced last week.

On a clear day, when we could see for miles and miles, the beauty of this area, made famous by the classic TV sitcom "Last of the Summer Wine", could be fully appreciated. We were, of course, walking in the ever popular and picturesque Holme Valley. Starting near Honley in the village of Oldfield, in a southbound direction on a section of the Holme Valley Circular Walk.  We passed through the villages of Netherthong and Upperthong before descending into Holmfirth, where, just like the three intrepid heroes of the TV show might have done on so many occasions. we had our picnic lunch in the park whilst ruminating on the hilarious antics of Compo, Cleggy, Foggy et al. After crossing the River Holme, we turned northbound, returning to the starting point on the opposite side of the valley, via the villages of Thongsbridge, Thurstonland and Brockholes.

At the end of the extremely challenging, but rewarding, 8.5 mile walk, we returned, as usual, to the Church for welcome refreshments of tea, coffee and home made cakes

The attached photograph of our group was taken high above the valley at Thurstonland with Holmfirth in the background.

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Monday 7th January 2019

Today, fresh from overdosing on the seasonal food and drink, the Cross Hills Methodist Church Social Walking Group set out on our regular monthly walk, starting from Meltham on a very mild winter day. After making our way through various woods and meadows, we passed through the village of Netherton. Inevitably, at the point of no-return and at the highest and most exposed point, the weather turned very wet and very windy, blowing away the remains of any cobwebs left over from the seasonal festivities. We completed the walk, into the teeth of the wind, by passing Blackmoorfoot Reservoir, before returning to Meltham and the sanctuary of our cars.

Thoroughly soaked, we returned to the Church for extremely welcome refreshments of tea, coffee and homemade cakes.

The attached photo of our happy band of windswept walkers was taken at Crosland Edge, with Blackmoorfoot Reservoir in the background.

Monday 10th December 2018

I can't believe another year has passed already. But as the saying goes, "Time flies when you're enjoying yourself".

And we have been doing just that all year. The Cross Hills Methodist Church Social 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 all but one occasion, and that was when the Beast from the East brought the whole country to a standstill.

And today was no exception. On another glorious sunny day, we donned our boots and set out from Hubberton to the village of  Cottonstones. Then after 5 miles walking up hill and down dale around one of Calderdale's most picturesque areas high above Sowerby, we eventually returned our starting point.

We rounded off the walk by entering into the festive seasonal spirit, wearing our very best Christmas jumpers and enjoying Christmas Lunch at The Sportsmans Inn, Greetland

I've attached a photographs of our very handsome Group members, posing for the camera at Toot Hill, with Crow Hill in the background.

All the best for Christmas and the New Year,

Andrew Beaumont.

Monday 5th November 2018

This month the Cross Hills Methodist Church Social Walking Group stretched it's legs on our regular monthly countryside walk on a lovely mild Autumn day.

Once again, we ventured just over t'hill into the Parish of Saddleworth, sadly for the residents, no longer part of the West Riding of Yorkshire but now in the (some would say) lesser county of Lancashire. The walk started in the village of Diggle. We then walked steeply up and over Primrose Hill, descending into the picturesque village of Uppermill. After crossing the valley we passed through the lovely village of Dobcross before returning to our starting point in Diggle. The villages of Uppermill, Diggle, Delph and Dobcross are at the heart of the route of the well known Saddleworth and District Whit Friday Brass Band Contests.

After a rewarding four hours, we returned to the Church for welcome refreshments of tea, coffee and homemade cakes.

The attached photo of our happy band of walkers (sadly without instruments) was taken next to the memorial in the centre of Dobcross.

Kind regards and keep smiling,

Andrew Beaumont.