13. The Ancient Township of Midgley with Luddenden

The Ancient Township of Midgley with Luddenden

This varied walk goes through two ancient villages, skirts the edge of the moor, has great views of the Luddenden Valley and finishes with a peaceful streamside path.

The trail will illustrate the development of rural Pennine settlements from their earliest beginnings of life on the moors 8000 years ago, to the beginnings of agriculture and the domestic wool trade in the Middle  Ages leading to the village settlements. Water-powered mills, then steam powered industry dominated from the early 19th century, before the post-industrial conversion of mills and mill sites to modern housing.

 

About the Trail

LENGTH:

It’s about 9km (5 miles) and should take you about 3 hours ( +stops). You can get a bus from Midgely or Booth to Luddenfoot or Halifax if you want to cut the walk short.

HOW STRENUOUS:

There is a longish gradual uphill climb at the start (185 metres gain in height) and a couple of fairly steep downhill stretches.

START & FINISH:

This circular walk starts and finishes at Luddenden Lane bus stop, ( route 574 from Halifax ), by the car park and toilets.

The postcode is HX2 6PE and the OS Grid reference is SE 042 257.

Ground conditions, stiles and steps:

The walk is on good track, some tarmac road, with most of the rest on good paths. There is one section on the Calderdale way that may be a bit boggy, especially after rain, so boots or waterproof shoes are a good idea .

There are several gates, the odd stile and some steps on the route.

To read the script for the audio commentary, please click here  Luddenden Trail

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