Capital Walkers Last of the Summer Wine Huddersfield West Yorkshire Weekend Away

24-27th August 2018

A weekend of walking in and around the beautiful Peak District National Park. Outside the Park, the local countryside is relatively unspoilt with fields laid to pasture, studded by small oak woodlands. These offer shade on sunny days, as well as opportunities for wildlife spotting. The programme is still being finalised but with good weather two of our walks will probably start from the village of Marsden where the National Trust owns a large estate at Marsden Moor. The area is home to the poet Simon Armitage, author of books on walking the Pennine Way, 'Walking Home', and the South West Coast path 'Walking Away'. Some of Simon's poems have been carved onto upland rocks as part of a project known as the Stanza Stones ( http://www.stanzastones.co.uk/ ) and one walk will take in the nearest of these, climbing steeply to reach National Trust moorland, plus taking in a high section of the Pennine Way. Another walk will be a version of that appearing in the current spring edition of the Ramblers 'Walk' magazine, with great views of the south Pennines and a walk along a peaceful canal tow path. Finally there is a fantastic short circular walk focused on the ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ village of Holmfirth. This will allow you to see some of the landmarks in the UK’s longest ever running sitcom, and take you uphill and down dale through some varied deeply valleyed countryside. We will set off and finish among art and craft galleries, cafes and tearooms in Holmfirth.

The Stanza Stones Walk

www.stanzastones.co.uk

The Stanza Stones Project, Stanza Stones is a collaboration between imove, Ilkley Literature Festival, Simon Armitage and Pennine Prospects


Accommodation

There is a wide range of accommodation available in Huddersfield and any central location in the town close to the train station will be convenient for joining the walks. It is also possible to stay at Marsden for the weekend, as two of the walks will start from this village. Accommodation is more limited there with only two B&Bs and a pub offering beds, however there appear to be a number of Airbnb options. There are frequent trains between Huddersfield and Marsden with a journey time of approximately 10 minutes.

Note that the Peak District in this area can be very wet underfoot, so suitable footwear and rain jackets will be essential (even in August). Huddersfield is a friendly town with many activities to enjoy including a number of historic heritage trails. If you don’t fancy walking for the whole weekend, you will find plenty of other options to explore. An optional group meal will be organised for the Saturday evening.  

Travel

Trains depart from London Kings Cross to Huddersfield, with a change necessary at either Leeds or Wakefield, and an average journey time of 2 hours 45 mins. It is also possible to travel from Euston via Manchester.

Both Huddersfield and Marsden train stations are centrally located. Services operated by Grand Central Rail (https://www.grandcentralrail.com/) are often cheap and direct from Kings Cross to Mirfield, which is within the greater Huddersfield area and from where a short trip by local train to the town centre is only £2.40. If you are staying in Marsden you will need to change onto a further local train at Huddersfield. 

If you would like to sign up please contact Nigel Howard at the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note your place on the trip will not be confirmed until you have sent the information below:

  • Your name and contact phone number 

  • Your Ramblers membership number 

  • The name of the place you are staying (we won't pass this on to anyone) 

Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please do not attend this trip if you have not booked a place.