Friday 27 October ~ From Hull, Hell and Halifax, Good Lord deliver us!

Friday 27 October ~ From Hull, Hell and Halifax, Good Lord deliver us!

In the words of John Cleese ~ ‘and Now for Something Completely Different’. On Friday 27 October Derek (0747 5300 007) will lead a moderate circular walk of around 10 miles with about 540 metres of ascent from Dean Clough Mills, Halifax. Meet at the upper car park in Whitaker Park at 8:30 ~ note earlier start. The walk will commence at approximately 9:45 from a pay-and-display car park at Dean Clough, cost £4 ~ facilities available. [SE 08910 25817 or N53:43:43 (53.728677) W1:51:59 (-1.866431) or HX3 5AX gets you close ~ red pin on map below]. When you get into Halifax follow the brown signs for Dean Clough Mills, and ideally you will end up leaving the town centre on Dean Clough ~ some Satnavs can take you by a somewhat devious route, but stick with it. Go right at the second turning, which takes you into the one-way system between two buildings. Follow the road round and park towards the far end of the car park on the left, taking care not to use a reserved place.

Yet again, this walk has been especially devised for ‘Big Mac’, who, following a discussion with ‘Wee Dougie’, has expressed an interest in doing a walk centred on Halifax. The route is packed full of interest, but may not suit everyone’s taste. If you have never visited Halifax, then I suggest you give it a try!

With regard to the walk title, these words form part of the so-called Thieves’ Litany, uttered in Mediaeval Yorkshire as a leave-taking ‘prayer’ between two thieves as they parted. Hell was to be feared as was Hull Gaol with its evil reputation. Halifax was one of those towns granted the right to a gibbet, a particularly savage form of early guillotine, and was notorious for its quick use against suspected villains. If a person was caught stealing ‘cloth or any other commodity to the value of 13½d, that they shall after three market days or meeting days within the town of Halifax after such his apprehension, and being condemned he shall be taken to the gibbet and there have his head cut off from his body’. However, if you were lucky there was a cunning way of keeping your head ~ all will be revealed!

After visiting a few sites in the town centre, including ‘The Piece Hall’, we will head up to Beacon Hill via Trooper Lane which has an average gradient of nearly 20% ~ I will lead from the rear! Lunch will be taken at Shibden Hall. Set in the picturesque Shibden valley, a mile from Halifax, Shibden Hall dates back to 1420, and was once occupied by the noted [notorious?] diarist Anne Lister (1791-1840).

If in doubt ~ ask!

We very much welcome new walkers with us, but would encourage you to contact the walk leader beforehand, either to discuss the demands of the walk and what you need to bring, or simply to let the leader know that you will be joining us. Unfortunately, this walk is not suitable for dogs.

Walkers ~ new or otherwise ~ who do not have their own transport should enquire if there will be transport available at Whitaker Park.

Please note that ~ for everyone’s safety ~ you should be sure that you meet the required level of fitness for the walk.  If you are at all unsure of your capabilities, we suggest you try one of our shorter walks, which take place on the third Sunday of most months ~ see Walks Schedule for details. 

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