The Ancient Township of Midgley with Luddenden

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Start and 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:  SE 042 257                     

 Themes and Highlights

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.

 Length and time

It’s about 9 km (5 miles) and should take you about 3 hours (+stops).

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Options and short cuts

You can get a bus from Midgley and Booth to Luddendenfoot 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.

 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.

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