Activities & Events

Crossing the Pennines!

What about a Heritage Trail along the Yorkshire Colne Valley, from Slawit to Marsden, we asked, back in summer 2014? Lots of history of travel and waymarking, from Blind Jack's 1770s first Turnpike from Wakefield to Austerlands, a Guide Stoop, a Roman milestone, an estate Boundary Marker, three Brayshaw and Booth Milestones of the 1890s to canal milestones and to the Stanza Stone on Pule Hill. 

The route incorporates two packhorse tracks in sore need of attention - and we raised the funding to restore authentically the path from Cop Hill to Netherwood Lane by winning £49k from the People's Millions. Now we have set up the Heritage Trail: see

  - next we need to do something about Scout Lane ! Have a look at  and you'll see what we mean...

Apres Le Depart...

Après le Départ

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:

Le Tour Milestone

Beyond Graffiti - Waymarking thro Time

This is an initiative being launched in Kirklees to introduce younger people to the fascinating heritage of waymarking, in a fun way, through stone-carving workshops, poetry writing, painting, modelling, video making, blogging... and to demonstrate the relevance of that knowledge and those skills today.

STOP PRESS !!  October 2013 - We've been awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as the Getty Foundation and individual donors - you can see more information about the programme on our project website, Beyond-Graffiti  You can also 'like' our facebook page, Beyond-Graffiti, which has lots of photo albums, and you can follow us on twitter, @storiesinstone.

A hundred young people in Kirklees participated in the five-sessions programme which ran until November 2014. We also held art and craft exhibitions at Oakwell Hall and The Packhorse Gallery in Huddersfield throughout July 2014, themed Milestones and Waymarking. You can find out all about our project and share in the fun on 


Ian McMillan, the Bard of Barnsley, gains inspiration from a guide stoop at Salendine Nook: 

bard salendinePicture Courtesy of Bruce Rollings 

Modern Apprenticeship?

Oakwell Carved PlaqueAn Apprentice's demonstration piece from the 1700s? at Oakwell Hall