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2017 Discover Huddersfield Walks’ Programme

Posted on 20 February 2017 by David Wyles

2017 Discover Huddersfield Walks’ Programme

The 2017 programme of walks, organised by the Discover Huddersfield Partnership is available from local information points including libraries, the railway station and various town centre outlets. The programme includes a wide variety of themes designed to attract those who have an interest in the history and heritage of the town.

New topics include a walk through Lindley’s story, looking at chapels, grand houses, meeting mill owners and mill workers; ‘Punks, Parratt and St. Peter’s’, which reveals Huddersfield’s music heritage; ‘Limelight and Greasepaint’, uncovering the town’s lost theatres and cinemas, a stroll around the rich Georgian and Victorian heritage of Springwood, a geology trail looking at the various stones used on buildings, a University Campus trail and a themed walked designed especially for families.

These walks supplement a number of popular themes organised in previous years, including walks based on the town’s rail, canal and transport history, women’s suffrage, architecture, Caribbean heritage and, to end the season, the Halloween themed ‘Shuddersfield’ walk.

The first walk of the season, at 2.30pm on Sunday 12 March from St. George’s Square (Harold Wilson statue), will explore the history and places associated with the Irish community in Huddersfield, tracing the background to the many Irish immigrants who came to work on the canals, in textiles, construction and more recently, to study at the University. After the walk a free viewing of a short film ‘The Connemara Connection’ will be shown at the Irish Centre.

The walks, organised for Sunday afternoons and, in summer, Thursday evenings, cover a period from March to late October and cost £3 per person. No booking is required. Walks generally last approximately 1.5 hours. In addition the Discover Huddersfield is again organising a couple of free walks as part of its contribution to the national Heritage Open Days celebrations, offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public as well as a vibrant programme of activities.

More information about the Discover Huddersfield Partnership is available by visiting: www.discoverhuddersfield.com, or contacting the partnership on: info@discoverhuddersfield.com.