Written by Paul Hannon, Walks for all Ages West Yorkshire features 20 circular walks of up to 5 miles, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the countryside.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, Paul then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £5.99, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks in West Yorkshire is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the area.
Walk 01. Haworth (5 miles)
Walk 02. Midgehole (4 miles)
Walk 03. Heptonstall (3½ miles)
Walk 04. Todmorden (3½ miles)
Walk 05. Ripponden (4 miles)
Walk 06. Marsden (4 miles)
Walk 07. Digley Reservoir (3½ miles)
Walk 08. Holmfirth (3¾ miles)
Walk 09. Farnley Tyas (3 miles)
Walk 10. West Bretton (2 miles)
Walk 11. Wintersett (4¼ miles)
Walk 12. Temple Newsam (2¾ miles)
Walk 13. Tong (3¼ miles)
Walk 14. Calverley Bridge (4¾ miles)
Walk 15. Saltaire (4½ miles)
Walk 16. Bingley (3¾ miles)
Walk 17. Ilkley (4¾ miles)
Walk 18. Otley Chevin (4¼ miles)
Walk 19. Harewood (5 miles)
Walk 20. East Keswick (4¾ miles)
It might well be claimed that there is no region in the land as diverse as West Yorkshire. Bounded to the north by the River Wharfe, to the east by the Plain of York, to the south by the Yorkshire coalfields, and to the west by the Pennine moors, this is a land of infinite variety.
The South Pennines form a high watershed that sends deep valleys eastwards to encounter large communities such as Huddersfield, Halifax, Keighley, Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield, together forming a buffer zone culminating in the arable landscapes of the east.
The Industrial Revolution saw the birth of the smoky mill town, as homespun textile industry in small villages was replaced by massive mills surrounded by rows of sturdy terraced houses to accommodate the new workforce. These larger Pennine settlements squeeze into a valley floor often shared with river, canal, road and railway. Steep flanks rise to those older villages, while higher still, rough pasture gives way to open moorland, where the mill chimney two miles away might as well be twenty miles distant. Many features of this district’s industrial past provide interest to the observant walker. The hills are laced with a network of trading routes used mainly by packhorses: many of these stone causeways have laid dormant in wait for today’s foot-traveller to bring them back to life.
Tumbling to the floor of the upper dales are short-lived but deep-cut and richly wooded little valleys known as cloughs, their fast-flowing streams harnessed for powering the flourishing textile mills. Up on the tops one is never far from a reservoir; the earlier ones made to serve the canals, others to slake the ever-growing thirsts of the towns. This is definitive gritstone country, and sharing the higher ground with the reservoirs are clusters of boulders and crags, these weathered natural outcrops outshining the countless sites of former quarries. Mainly small-scale operations known as delphs, these provided material for the drystone walls, reservoirs and buildings.
The area’s principal rivers are the Aire and the Calder: the latter is entirely West Yorkshire’s river, absorbing everything that its parent river misses. And despite the hilly nature of the Pennines, no fewer than four different canals are encountered on these walks. These feature the Five Rise Locks and Standedge Tunnel, two of the great wonders of the waterway age.
The northern fringe of the district features more affluent landscapes overlooking the Wharfe Valley, where Ilkley Moor and Otley Chevin gaze out into rural North Yorkshire. In the east of the region, meanwhile, fine mansions occupy elegant parkland at Harewood, Temple Newsam and Bretton Hall.
History, culture and scenery go hand-in-hand in these parts, fine examples being the World Heritage Site of Saltaire and the international literary (and landscape) attractions of the Bronte Country at Haworth. Victorian magnets such as the Cow & Calf Rocks, Hardcastle Crags and Shipley Glen still remain as popular today, joined by the likes of Summer Wine Country and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Released: May 2015
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Paul Hannon