Spotlight on Happy Valley locations with new walk

Sarah Lancashire as Catherine Cawood. PA Photo/BBC/Ben Blackall.
Sarah Lancashire as Catherine Cawood. PA Photo/BBC/Ben Blackall.

Happy Valley captivated audiences and there’s now a chance to follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters with a new walk.

Led by Richard Gibbons, of Rochdale Ramblers, the walk will take in locations from the smash series, filmed and set here in Calderdale.

Richard said: “I often lead walks in the Calder Valley because of the stunning scenery and towns and villages that have historical landmarks.

“The walk, from Sowerby Bridge, which I have named Happy Valley, was devised and walked by me before the TV series was aired and I noticed the familiar set locations when I watched both series, hence the walk title.”

Part of the South Pennine Walk and Ride Festival, the ramble will take place on September 22 and set off from Sowerby Bridge Station at 11am.

The walk will take in Norland, before joining the Calderdale Way, crossing the Norland Moor plateau and taking in the stunning views of the Ryburn Valley.

It will then descend through Highlee Clough, Barkisland, before heading back to Sowerby Bridge.

Richard will point out various locations from series two of Happy Valley including Sowerby Bridge Police Station, which has been used for countless scenes in the show.

The walk will pass by the supermarket car park where cop-turned-killer John Wadsworth (Kevin Doyle) had a meltdown and the bridge he later jumped from.

The Tower Hill area, shown extensively in the show will feature in the walk, as well as West View Park and the pub where Neil Ackroyd (Con O’Neill) relapses.

Richard added: “If you are a keen walker, the walk will take approximately three-and-a-half hours, which includes a lunch stop.

“Suitable footwear and clothing are essential. I will be pointing out some local history and sites of interest during the walk.”

Dogs and young children are not permitted.

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