Crossing the Pennines: we won!
A huge thank-you to everyone who voted for our plan for a heritage trail in the Yorkshire Colne Valley, and we are delighted that we have won the funds to make it a reality. Keep checking the www.CrossingThePennines.co.uk website to follow the progress of the scheme.
The trail will highlight the travel and transport history that shaped the West Riding, amidst stunning scenery. There’s plenty to see, on foot, by bike or by car, with fascinating evidence of the Romans, the medieval packhorse trains, the Turnpike Trusts, the navvies who built the canal and ingenious engineering by Blind Jack of Knaresborough and Thomas Telford.
There is one section of the Trail that volunteers alone cannot repair, the ancient packhorse track from Cop Hill to Netherwood Lane. The surface has been reduced to rubble by the footfall of generations. The money for this project is coming from the National Lottery via the Peoples Millions competition (www.PeoplesMillions.org.uk).
It is hoped the packhorse track should be ready for families to explore safely by the summer holidays in 2015 - be part of it !!
After Le Depart ‘s departed,
After the crowds have gone,
After the litter’s collected,
Enjoy a tranquil morn!
Celebrate stone in our landscape,
Quarries and crags and walls,
Churches and milestones and privies
At Oakwell Hall ! and the Packhorse Gallery....
To the tune of "After the Ball is over" - with a brilliant illustration by Dave Bradbury: