Heritage trail aiming to increase knowledge of moorland’s history

Walkers at the launch of the new Todmorden Moor Geology and Heritage Trail
Walkers at the launch of the new Todmorden Moor Geology and Heritage Trail

Civic guests joined walkers for the launch of a new geology and heritage trail on scenic moorland above the upper Calder Valley.

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Jayne Booth was among those who took part in the walk along the new Todmorden Moor Geology and Heritage Trail, which aims to increase people’s understanding of the South Pennine uplands.

The trail has been made possible by the Watershed Landscape Project, run by Pennine Prospects.

The project included Todmorden Moor as one part of the “Riches of the Earth” programme and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Local volunteers have led the work on the Todmorden Moor Trail project, assisted by Calderdale’s Countryside Unit and West Yorkshire Geology Trust.

Sarah Pennie, of Todmorden Moor Restoration Trust, said: “The new trail links geology and heritage together because none of the industries that provided local employment in the mines, ceramic pipe works and quarries would have existed without the coal, clay shales, and sandstones that make up the geology under our feet.

“The Watershed Landscape Project has enabled us to investigate the human heritage of Todmorden Moor.

“The history of the old mines and miners is becoming lost in time but those stories were important to us.”

A seat, donated by Todmorden Town Council, has been placed near the start/finish of the trail’s circular route, beside the site of the old “Stone Crusher” at the eastern end of Flower Scar Road.

The trail is approximately two-and-a-half miles of rough, and sometimes steep, moorland walking.

As well as the Todmorden Moor Trail, the Watershed Landscape team has published a book titled “Riches of the Earth”, which is available at the information centres in Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.

Interpretation panels are also placed along the trail.