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Stride Out

The Newsletter of the North Kirklees Group of the Ramblers Number 33

Autumn 2013

Temporary footbridge installed at Hunsworth Lodge farm over Lodge Beck until the stone slab bridge is repaired andreinstated.

Contrary to perceived expectations the majority of footpaths and bridleways of North Kirklees are in good condition. Our paths are open and ready for use. So what has happened in the first six months of this financial year that enables us to be so positive and upbeat The Council have combined all the Rangers who deal with highways under one umbrella organisation designated ‘Streetscene’. Streetscene deals with the repairs to highways and enforces the law relating to those highway matters for which they are responsible in law.

Remember public rights of way such as public footpaths and bridleways are classified as highways so that the country public footpath across the fields which we walk on a Sunday afternoon is in the same league although of lower down the league table as the M1 or the M62.

So what does this mean? It means that public footpaths have to be treated in the same way as a road. In other words just as you cannot block the M1 or your street you cannot block a public right of way. You may pass and repass a path land across private


2 land over which there is a public right of way. The landowner owns the land but we have a public right walk on the surface and the landowner cannot obstruct the path or alter where it goes without going through a detailed legal process – something which some landowners ignore or, if caught out, plead ignorance of the law. Which as most of us are aware is not an excuse..

You may have read recently in the local papers that a right of way has been enforced by Kirklees Council at a path running from Leeds Road to Hey Beck Lane. This is the first enforcement that has taken place recently and should serve as a salutary warning to land owners that our Rights of Way should not be tampered with.

What constitutes a ‘good’ walk?

When you are out in the countryside what are you looking for in the walk? Is it to enjoy the scenery, or to view the animals, birds, flowers and trees. In other words what constitutes as good walk. Usually the walk will be good if you do not meet any faults on the paths you are following.

So what constitutes a fault? A fault A fault is an imperfection, that is something that should be right but is not. So on a path what kinds of faults might you find? The following list gives an indication of the types of fault you may find. Furniture i.e. rights of way structures etc.

Signpost/waymark (roadside) — where a sign is required under s.27 of the Countryside Act 1968. This is a requirement that where a right of way leaves a metalled road a sign pointing the correct way and indicating the type of path should be visible Waymark/other signpost along the route — both directions should be checked. A waymark is missing when the route is otherwise unclear. Highway Authority barrier (safety/amenity)

Steps/revetment (A revetement is a sloping side to a water way designed to absorb the energy of the water) Bridges (including culverts, stepping stones and constructed fords)

Stiles — exclude ‘missing’ (if a stile is missing the path is not obstructed)

Gates — excludes ‘missing’ (if a gate is missing the path is not obstructed)

Furniture condition should be assessed as being in one of the following states: G = Good


3 M = Missing

A = Attention required but furniture useable

R = Replacement or Repair required immediately

Obstructions at a point (i.e. a discrete obstruction, on or too close to the path) Wall/fence/hedge/electric fence/other barrier — i.e. unauthorised and includes cattle grids without alternative access. Tree/boughs

Temporary deposit — e.g. straw bales, fly tipping Illegal or misleading sign Building

Muddy/boggy/hole etc. (localised) — i.e. not extensive enough to count as linear feature, for example in a gateway

Upgrowth (localised) — i.e. not extensive enough to count as linear feature, for example round a stile (Upgrowth is the vegetation that grows upwards from the path surface and it is the responsibility of the local authority to remove of otherwise maintain it in a proper manner) Surface Type Cross arable field

Arable headland, i.e. field edge

Natural (including set-aside) — includes pasture but not arable headland

Surfaced (metalled) — includes both urban and rural paths where a surface of Tarmac, stone etc. has been provided Obstructions — linear (surface) (i.e. defects of the surface over any part of the route length.)

Cross-field not reinstated — i.e. does not meet ROW Act ‘90 criteria which state that a path which crosses a field where a crop other than grass is growing the path shall be reinstated so that the line is walkable Headland ploughed — in whole or in part Surfaced path out of repair

Flooded/muddy/boggy/rutted


4 Upgrowth — i.e. surface growth for which the Local Authority will be responsible Obstructions — linear (other) —( i.e. defects affecting the surface, either on it or too close to it Overgrowth — e.g. hedge not upgrowth (natural growth from surface) Standing water e.g. pond/lake

Barbed wire/electric fence adjacent Intimidating beast/person Collapsed wall

Encroachment (not ploughing) e.g. garden extension Quarry

Plantation

So if you are out walking a path and you find a fault then please report it to Chris (Contact details given on the back page). A report should describe the type of fault and where it is located as accurately as possible. When is a path usable? Is it ‘ease of use’ or ‘strict legal compliance’ or is there a pragmatic approach that seeks to enable us to enjoy the walk without worrying about mud in a gateway, gates that cannot be operated from the saddle of a horse, gates that need to be lifted slightly in order to open them, missing signposts or minor deviations from the line of the Definitive Map all of which constitute a fault in the path . Pesonally I favour the pragmatic route so that the resources of the PROW officers can be utilised to solve the larger and more pressing problems rather that some trivial ones.

Paul Horbury

Footpath Secretary’s Report 11 October 2013

Contrary to popular belief in the Ramblers I do not believe that all is doom and gloom as far as Public Rights of Way are concerned in North Kirklees. Yes, the budget has been slashed and the manpower diminished in terms of people in the Rights of Way Team. However there is now a new way of working within Streetscene which now has 23 rangers all of whom work one half day a week on Rights of Way problems, which equates to 140 man hours a week in the whole of Kirklees.


Enforcement as mention in the editor’s article is taking place across the whole of Kirklees, which is a very positive move. Strimming continued into October, which was seen to be necessary due to the weather this summer and the amazing growth of nettles & brambles.

Reports of problems are taken in relation to various criteria for example a problem on a “Walk to School” path would be dealt with as soon as was possible. There is a problem with the sleeper bridge over Cockleshaw Beck on Spen 17 in Chatts Wood as it is rotting in places. Both the Kirklees Way & Spen Heritage Trail cross this bridge, so this is being dealt with. Currently the path is closed for the works to take place. The Stone-slab bridge over Lodge Beck on Spen 15 behind Hunsworth Lodge Farm was reported when it was found to have collapsed. Highways Structures have put in a temporary bridge to get across the beck.

I cannot say strongly enough if you find a problem with a stile etc please, please report it to ROSS – 0800 731 8765 or email highways.ross@kirklees.gov.uk and to me chrishorbury2000@aol.co.uk 01924 470531. Items reported on an information sheet sent out by Kirklees Council dated September 2013 Planned Capital & Larger Revenue Works carried out since April 2013 Spen Commonside, Sandstone aggregate TCV 151 Roberttown surface Spen Cross Hills Lane, Drainage & sandstone TCV 160 Hartshead surface Capital Funds Dews Asda Bridge to Savile Clearance/tarmac 119 bridge surface Works Planned in next 3 months with Area Committee Monies Mirfield Bridleway between Drainage/sandstone 84 Liley Hall & Brier aggregate surfacing(to Knowl be confirmed) Various The Luddites Trail TCV Capital Funds/External Funds Various works at the proposed Dewsbury Country Park (funding to be confirmed) TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) is the new name for BCTV (British Conservation Trust Volunteers)


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Getting active saves lives

Recently the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Suppot published a report giving the reasons why walking is good for your health and well-being. Here is a short digest of some of the major points in the report.

We’re calling on the nation to get active with the launch of Walking Works, our joint report with Macmillan Cancer Support which explains how walking can help everyone lead longer, healthier and happier lives. Together with Macmillan we run Walking for Health, England’s largest network of health walks.

It’s an alarming truth but being inactive can take three to five years off your life and increase your chances of developing some cancers, heart disease or having a stroke by a quarter. In fact, inactivity is now as big a problem as smoking when it comes to the nation’s health. But the solution is simple. As Walking Works - an extensive review of research into the life-threatening consequences of inactivity - explains, getting active saves lives and walking is one of the easiest ways to do it – and keep doing it too.

Not only could walking prevent 37,000 deaths every year, it also reduces the risk of developing serious illnesses including type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. And this is just some of the evidence which proves walking can help solve the inactivity crisis.

Walking Works encourages everyone, everywhere, to be more active – not only for our health but our happiness and wellbeing too. It also shows how Walking for Health is an important step towards tackling the nation’s inactivity problem. Described as a “community-focused, supportive, engaging, affordable and inclusive programme” by Kevin Fenton, Director, Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, Walking for Health has been helping people discover walking for 13 years and has over 70,000 regular walkers.

“Walking for Health is already changing people’s lives in such a positive way, but it has the potential to change many more,” says Benedict Southworth, Ramblers Chief Executive. “We need to see greater investment in initiatives which support and promote walking as the most accessible and affordable way for people to get active.” Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, agrees it’s time for action. “Inactivity is a nationwide epidemic that must be tackled now before it is too late,” says Devane. “Healthcare professionals need to ensure that they prescribe physical activity, such as walking, as an intrinsic part of a healthy lifestyle.” Find out more about why walking works by downloading the report at www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkingworks.


Physical activity and health

Physical activity is essential for good health. This is true for everyone, from infancy to old age, but objective measurements of physical activity levels show that only 6% of men and 4% of women in England are doing enough activity, at significant cost to both personal health and society. Physical inactivity can shorten your life

Physical inactivity — which is when people are not sufficiently active to stay in good health — is becoming a public health problem comparable to smoking, responsible for 17% of premature deaths in the UK, 10.5% of heart disease cases, 13% of type 2 diabetes cases and around 18% of cases of colon and breast cancer2. Being inactive increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes by 25– 30% and shortens lifespan by 3–5 years. Physical inactivity is not evenly distributed across society but disproportionately affects some social groups more than others, including those on low incomes and from certain black and minority ethnic communities who also suffer more broadly from health inequalities. Physical inactivity is expensive

Physical inactivity could be costing the economy up to £10 billion a yeari in healthcare, premature deaths and sickness absence. In 2010, some individual Primary Care Trusts in England were spending over £17 million a year on the financial consequences of physical inactivity. Physical activity saves lives

If everyone in England were sufficiently activeii, nearly 37,000 deaths a year could be prevented.

Being physically active significantly reduces the risk of several major health conditions by between 20% and 60%, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Physical activity helps maintain a healthy weight, improves cholesterol levels, reduces blood pressure, builds healthy muscles and bones, improves balance and reduces the risk of falls. It is never too late to get active — even those who take up physical activity late in life will experience benefits There is also increasing evidence that physical activity can assist in the treatment and management of various health conditions. The costs of physical inactivity were estimated in 2007 at £5.5 billion in sickness absence, and £1 billion in premature deaths . Including NHS costs, this totals £8.3 billion, or £10 billion in today’s prices.


8 37,000 If everyone in England were sufficiently active, nearly 37,000 deaths a year could be prevented. Physical activity is good for our minds

Being active promotes mental health and wellbeing. It improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue. Physically active people have up to a 30% reduced risk of becoming depressed, and staying active helps those who are depressed recover. In older people, staying active can improve cognitive function, memory, attention and processing speed, and reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia Walking is the answer to getting people more active

Walking is the most accessible physical activity, and already the most popular. It has the greatest potential to grow, particularly among people disproportionately affected by low physical activity levels and poor health. Walking is a free, gentle, low-impact activity that requires no special training or equipment. Almost everyone can do it, anywhere and at any time. It is easy to start slowly and build up gradually, as well as being the ideal exercise to fit around everyday life. It therefore addresses many of the reported barriers to being more active, such as lack of time, money, poor health and physical limitations. It is also accessible to people from groups who could most benefit from being more active — such as older people or those on low incomes. Walking is an effective form of exercise

As a form of moderate physical activity that contributes towards achieving the guidelines set by the UK’s Chief Medical Officers (CMOs)iii, walking offers all the benefits of physical activity to health and wellbeing, while remaining accessible to the majority of the population. Walking is cost effective

Promoting walking is a ‘best buy’ both for health and active travel. Well-designed walking initiatives are recognised as excellent value for money. They deliver benefitto-cost ratios of between 3 to 1 and 20 to 1, and with costs per quality year of life gained that are considerably less than those thought reasonable for clinical interventions.

In addition, promoting walking can simultaneously help in achieving many other worthwhile objectives besides health. As a form of active travel, it is the most sustainable form of transport and has a key role to play in reducing congestion, pollution and climate change. More people walking would bring economic benefits to both urban and rural areas, can help increase social interaction, reduce crime and fear of crime, and help develop social capital.


9 Physical activity guidelines The UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) recommend that adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity such as walking every week, and that children should be active for at least an hour every day. The CMOs also recommend that we should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting). The CMOs recommend that:

• Children and young people aged 5–18 years should spend at least an hour and up to 3 hours a day in moderate to vigorous physical activity. • Adults aged 19–64 years should aim to be active daily, with at least 2½ hours (150 minutes) of moderate activity such as walking over a week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. One way of achieving this is through moderate activity of at least 30 minutes a day on at least five days a week. • Older adults 65+ years should follow the adult guidelines, but those that are at risk of falls should include activities to improve balance and coordination on at least two days a week.

• All adults should include muscle strengthening activities on at least two days a week, and children and young people should include activities to strengthen muscles and bones on at least three days a week. • Everyone should reduce the time they spend being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods, for example cutting down time spent watching TV or using computers. Moderate activity makes you breathe harder and your heart beat faster, but you should still be able to carry on a conversation. Examples include brisk walking, cycling, gardening or heavy housework.

Moderate activity is adequate for good health in adults, although people who undertake more vigorous activity can expect similar benefits in less time (at least 75 minutes a week). In 2007, less than a third of adults in England thought they knew the recommendations for physical activity, and only 6% of men and 9% of women could actually correctly define them. Most of those asked thought the recommended levels were lower than published.


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Complaints department

THESE ARE ACTUAL COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY THOMAS COOK HOLIDAYS FROM DISSATISFIED CUSTOMERS:

1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local convenience store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams and ginger nuts.” 2. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers in Puerto Vallarta to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time -- this should be banned.”

3. “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food.” 4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our own swimsuits and towels. We assumed it would be included in the price” 7. “The beach was too sandy. We had to clean everything when we returned to our room.”

8. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.” 10. “They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax. “ 12. “No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”

13. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.” 14. “We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish.”

15. “The roads were uneven and bumpy, so we could not read the local guide book during the bus ride to the resort. Because of this, we were unaware of many things that would have made our holiday more fun.”

16. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.”

17. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends’ three-bedroom and ours was significantly smaller.” 18. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the resort’. We’re trainee hairdressers and are disgusted at this blatant discrimination.”

19. “There were too many Spanish people there. The receptionist spoke Spanish, the food was Spanish. No one told us that there would be so many foreigners.” 20. “We had to line up outside to catch the boat and there was no air-conditioning.”


21. “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.” 22. “I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes.”

23. “My fiancé and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a double bed. We now hold you responsible and want to be reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”

Poetry Corner Satellite Navigation

I have a little GPS I’ve had it all my life It’s better than the normal ones My GPS is my wife

It gives me full instructions Especially how to drive “It’s thirty miles an hour”, it says “You’re doing thirty five”

It tells me when to stop and start And when to use the brake And tells me that it’s never ever Safe to overtake It tells me when a light is red And when it goes to green It seems to know instinctively Just when to intervene

It lists the vehicles just in front And all those to the rear And taking this into account It specifies my gear.

I’m sure no other driver Has so helpful a device For when we leave and lock the car It still gives its advice


It fills me up with counselling Each journey’s pretty fraught So why don’t I exchange it And get a quieter sort?

Ah well, you see, it cleans the house, Makes sure I’m properly fed, It washes all my shirts and things And - keeps me warm in bed! Despite all these advantages And my tendency to scoff, I do wish that once in a while I could turn the damned thing off.

Blast from the Past

Recently we were loaned some duplicated sheets with details of walks organised by the predecessor group to NoKRA, the Dewsbury and District Local Group of the Ramblers Association in 1980.

I have selected this walk as one which members may like to follow. It is printed exactly as written. I shall be grateful if anyone who attempts this walk could report back to me how easy it is to follow and wether it is still feasible. Paul Horbury WALK AROUND MIRFIELD - USING OLD ESTABLISHED FOOTPATHS 2 hours approximately

Commence at Parish Church of St Marys, Mirfield - there is a small space for a few cars. Take note of the ancient stocks which are in good condition.

Leave the Church and walk along road with Church on your Right. Look for a footpath on the Left, immediately after the new houses. Follow footpath into Pinfold Lane, turn Right and carry straight on. Notice old house, ‘Ivy Cottage’ on the Left - it was the Vicarage at one time. Continue past the corner shop on Camm Lane, and then bear loft at footpath sign. Bear Left again (the direct path is a private drive). Continue straight ahead on path by playing fields. The school on the Left was the Grammar School which had been established in Mirfield in 1667 by Richard Thorpe - now a Middle School. Continue to road, cross to obvious path (Fernhurst Lea) and bear Right to path between two walls.


13 Cross West Royd Avenue to Pratt Lane opposite. Follow Pratt Lane through to Lee Green, opposite a school. Turn Right, cross road. Turn Left on a track before ‘Shoulder of Mutton’. Follow track to road, cross and on to signed Footpath and follow to Wellhouse Lane. Turn Left, continue on road to farm and turn Right at Footpath sign and proceed with school on Left. Turn Left at end (do not cross stile), and follow path to Crossley Lane (do not cross playing fields and small plantation of new trees). Turn Left into Crossley Lane. Proceed along road to Stone House on Right, ‘Peek Dens’ (just before the bacon factory). Look for sign at far side of the house and follow edge of field to stile, continue on Right side of hedge to next stile, then follow fence. Turn Loft at next stile, having crossed a track. Through next stile, passing an electricity pylon.

Cross stile, turn Right by stream and follow the stream, crossing another stile until a bridge is reached. Do not cross bridge but turn Right and follow the fence to stile ahead; cross stile and follow faint track to top Right corner of field. Proceed straight ahead on faint track, which bears Left to old gate post. Cross over stile and follow path with hedge close to the Right to road (Jill Lane.) Turn right on to road and go up the hill. At the top of the hill - opposite Northorpe Hall (very old, now in charge of the Northorpe Hall Trust and used for Education.) ; look for a path between farm and cottages and straight ahead passing in front of a small terrace of houses. (If this path is missed, there is another a few yards further on.)

Turn Left at the road, look for a Footpath sign on the Right, and follow this, passing through a corrugated iron opening. Pass in front of Balderstone Hall on your Right, and follow lane to road. Turn Right on to Shillbank Lane and cross road to Footpath sign on Left. (The Y.E.B. sub-station on the left is on the site of Paper Hall. It was here that the last prioress of Kirklees with four nuns lived after the priory was closed in 1539.)

Follow the footpath which continues across a lawn of the new house - keep close to wall - cross the estate road, and follow a good path to the old Railway Line. Here the old bridge has been demolished but a new footpath is to be created. Take the clear, middle footpath ahead, which brings you to the Parish Church Yard pass through and notice the old Bell Tower on the Left (13th Century). When walking across fields, please keep in single file, do not let children or animals roam across the fields and disturb cattle. Remember this land and stock is the farmer’s livelihood.

This is one of a number of local walks, prepared by Dewsbury and District Local Group of the Ramblers Association for FOOTPATH HERITAGE 1980. Other walks and information from the Group.


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Work carried out by the Kirklees Council in the last six months Spen 160 Cross Hills Lane, Hartshead

Spen 159 Cross Hills Lane, Hartshead

Spen 44 Merchant Fields, Drub, Cleckheaton

Spen 74 Boardwalk Cleckheaton Bottoms

Mirfield 83 Above Hopton Mills


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SPEN VALLEY HONOUR WWII HALIFAX BOMBER HERO In July 2013, Spen Valley Civic Society enabled a remarkable piece of local history to be celebrated in Spen Valley, West Yorkshire. Originally unreported, the story came to light when an amazing connection was made ten years ago. On Boxing Day 1943, an Australian pilot called Tom Scotland was flying an enormous Halifax bomber aircraft as part of a training exercise from his base at Marston Moor, near York.

Bill and his boyhood friend Arthur always felt Tom Scotland’s heroic actions in Yorkshire should be recognised. They asked Mike Wood, Spen Valley’s MP, for help and Spen Valley Civic Society took up the challenge, working with Drub Village Institute. A Community First Grant was secured and a memorial consisting of Yorkshire Stone from Halifax, with a plaque made in nearby Cleckheaton by Procast Ltd was commissioned.

Suddenly a motor in the left wing erupted and It was unveiled on 7th July by Mike Wood in burst into flames. The plane was doomed. Tom was the presence of Tom’s son John Scotland and only 20 years old, but calmly ensured his crew Bill Duncanson (who both came all the way had safely bailed out. He then used supreme from Perth, Australia), Arthur and many local flying skills and people. A few days later, John Scotland visited courage to avoid all the buildings in what was a the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, York, densely populated which kindly arranged a tour inside the only area, and crash-landed the plane in a small field remaining Halifax bomber in the world. John was bordering the hamlet of Drub. The plane was able to get a sense of what his father would destroyed and Tom was injured, but he managed have experienced as the pilot of to escape the wreckage. What could have been a such a huge, heavy plane. major catastrophe was averted. Tom received a commendation for his heroism. The memorial can be found at the top of Drub He went on to fly 62 missions over NaziVillage Green, on Drub Lane, which is off the occupied Europe as a Pathfinder pilot, and by the A58 near Cleckheaton and Junction 26 of the war’s end was Flying Officer Tom Scotland DFC. The crash was witnessed by many people, including four little boys “laiking out” nearby. For them it was a terrifying but fascinating event. One of them, called Bill Duncanson, later cycled to the Savile Arms in Hunsworth and through the window saw the pilot being given a stiff drink. Bill always wondered what happened to the brave young hero, and tried to find out, without success. Many years passed, and Bill retired to live in Perth, unaware that Tom Scotland was Australian, from Perth, and that he had survived the war. In 2003 The project was reported in the Spenborough Bill read in his local paper that a local man had Guardian, Telegraph & Argus, and Yorkshire Post. been in a Halifax Bomber crash in Yorkshire in This article is reprinted from the Yorkshire & Humber 1943. After sixty years, Bill finally met up with his Association of Civic Societies (YHACS) newsletter hero Tom, and the two became friends. Sadly Tom died of cancer in August 2012. His post-war life Erica Amende included being a family man, a civil engineer Secretary of the Spen Valley Civic Society and a missionary. Many of our local walks pass through Drub and this is an excellent place to stop for lunch as picnic tables and benches have been installed by the Drub Village Committee near the memorial.


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Horrodiddle

If you walk north from Hardcastle Crags towards the hamlet of Walshaw and then procees NE you will discover the farm called Horrodiddle. (See photograph) However on the Ordnance Survey map at NGR SD 976315 it is spelt Horodiddle. Which spelling is correct and where did the name come from? [If you require a ‘comfort stop’ in the area you could try SD 967304]

Electronic communication

More and more members of the Ramblers are connecting via the internet. We at NoKRA are no different. We would like to keep a confidential register of members e-mail addresses so that we can contact members with news of importance as and when necessary. An example can be given. Last summer after a considerable downpour it was decided that it would be foolhardy to attempt a planned and publicised walk. If we could have e-mailed members it would have saved many making a wasted journey to the start. So please help us to help you. All you need to do is to e-mail me, Paul, at phorbury@aol.com with the Subject: NoKRA and your name. Thank you. PH

Contact details

Editor Paul Horbury 01924 470531 phorbury@aol.com Footpath Officer Chris Horbury 01924 470531 chrishorbury2000@aol.co.uk Walks co-ordinator Norma Leppingwell 01274 685 343 norma@brownhilldr.fslife. co.uk

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