|"The Golden Cock" in Farnley Tyas|
The district of Kirklees in West Yorkshire is only thirty miles north of our house but it is an area I don't know very well at all. As yesterday's weather forecast was filled with promise, I set off before ten o'clock intending to park in a village I had never even heard of - Farnley Tyas which is three miles south of Huddersfield.
And what a lovely ramble I enjoyed in the blue sky weather. In Farnley Tyas I snapped a pub with a great name - "The Golden Cock" which has nothing to do with Donald Trump or David Beckham! St Lucius's Church - which isn't very old - was given to the village by the Earl of Dartmouth in 1840. There must have been a much older church somewhere but I didn't have time to look as I was heading for Castle Hill which overlooks Huddersfield and has much ancient history - far older than The Victoria Tower which was erected up there in the eighteen nineties in celebration of Queen Victoria's long reign.
|Victoria Tower on Castle Hill|
This fine tower dominates the local landscape and seemed to be forever present like beacon during my six mile hike. I descended Castle Hill to Hall Bower then on to Stirley Community Farm and down to Honley Station. Up Hall Ing Road then up on to Lud Hill - there wasn't much flat walking on this energetic scenic ramble. It was all up and down with the Yorkshire Pudding often puffing like a rickety old steam train. They say that when the going gets tough the tough get going but my solution is to plod a bit more slowly - pacing yourself so that you don''t need to keep stopping for a rest.
When I got home Shirley asked, "How was your walk?" and I said "Marvellous!" Before too long I will return to that area and maybe take in Brockhooles, Upper Thong and Netherthong. Great Yorkshire names round there.
|View of Huddersfield from Castle Hill|
|Roadside shrine near Honley High School|
|Castle Hill viewed from Lud Hill|
|Back to St Lucius's Church in Farnley Tyas|