SKELMERSDALE RAMBLING CLUB

Web site: www.skemramblers.org.uk

TODMORDEN, LANCASHIRE

SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY 2020

Coach Leader: Peter Denton                                                                                     Coach Leaves at 4.30pm

The usual message about choosing a walk suitable for you. Please read these coach notes carefully as they will help you to decide which walk will be the most suitable for you. For the safety and enjoyment of yourself and others, please try not to join a walk which is beyond your capabilities.

If you are struggling, please inform the walk leader so that he or she can make the decision to amend the walk by shortening it or having some rest etc.

PLEASE RESPECT THE WISHES OF THE GROUP LEADER. Please do not wander away from the group, or leave the group, for whatever reason, without first discussing it with the leader or back marker.

WALKS TODAY

Strenuous Leader : no leader at present                                                                                         Distance : 10.00 miles

A map and previous notes will be available.


Leisurely Leader: Peter Denton                                                            Distance : 7.00 miles

We set up and out of Todmorden for the Calderdale way, heading for Gaddings Dam. Todmorden is sat in the bottom of a deep valley, so we walk up a hill or two enjoy the views of the valley. After lunch we will be heading down hill towards the Rochdale canal where we pick up the towpath to Todmorden. This is our last mile before a well earned cuppa and a look around the town. Happy New Year to you all.

Easy Leader : Jackie Gudgeon Distance : 5.00 miles

The easy group will start their walk in Hebden Bridge, and the coach will then return to park at Todmodern. I think that means that the other groups might be getting dropped off first in Todmodern.

Today we will be taking the coach to Hebden Bridge where we can have coffee and sticky bun before walking back to Todmorden along the canal. All nice and flat, good underfoot.

NOTES ON THE AREA

Todmorden is a market town within the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire. Todmorden town centre occupies the confluence of three steep sided valleys which constrict the shape of the town and is surrounded by moorlands with occasional outcrops of gritstone sand blasted into sculptured stones by the winds.

The name Todmorden first appears in 1641. The town had earlier been called Tottemerden, Totmardene, Totmereden, or Totmerden. The generally accepted meaning of the name is Totta’s boundary valley, probably a reference to the valley running north-west from the town

The earliest written record of the area is in the Domesday Book. Settlement in medieval Todmorden was dispersed, most people living in scattered farms or in isolated hilltop agricultural settlements. Packhorse trails were marked by ancient stones of which many still survive. For hundreds of years streams from the surrounding hills provided water for corn and fulling mills. Todmorden grew to prosperity by combining farming with the production of woollen textiles. Some yeoman clothiers were able to build fine houses, a few of which still exist today. Increasingly though, the area turned to cotton. The proximity of Manchester, as a source of material and trade was undoubtedly a strong factor. Another was the strong Pennine streams and rivers which were able to power the looms. Improvements in textile machinery by Kay, Hargreaves and Arkwright, along with the development of turnpike roads, helped to develop the new cotton industry and to increase the local population.

During the years 1800-1845 great changes took place in the communications and transport of the town which were to have a crucial effect on promoting growth. These included the building of better roads, the Rochdale canal, and the main line of the Manchester and Leeds Railway. This railway line incorporated the then longest tunnel in the world, the 2885yard Summit tunnel.

In 2008 a group of local residents initiated the Incredible Edible Todmorden Project to raise awareness of food issues and in particular local food. The project has been responsible for the planting of 40 public fruit and vegetable gardens throughout the town, with each plot inviting passers-by to help themselves to the produce. The project has attracted publicity, media attention and visitors, and the idea has since been replicated in at least fifteen towns and villages in the UK.

Todmorden has several attractions, the foremost being a large town hall that dominates the centre of the town. Todmorden is situated alongside the Pennine Way, Pennine Bridleway, Mary Townley Loop and the Calderdale Way, and is popular for outdoor activities such as walking, fell running, mountain biking and bouldering. The many attractions include canal locks, a park containing a sports centre, an outdoor skateboard park, tennis course, a golf course, an aquarium and reptile house, and a cricket ground. There are also many wooded areas around the town and a variety of cafes and restaurants. It’s indoor and outdoor markets sell a wide range of locally produced food. The town also contains a small toy and model museum, a library and tourist information centre, along with many independent retailers. Annual events include a carnival, agricultural show, beer festival and the traditional Easter Pace Egg plays.

Centre Vale Park in Todmorden is the setting for several pieces of local art, including tree carvings by the sculptor John Adamson. Also in the park are the reconstructed remains of Centre Vale Mansion, next to Todmorden War Memorial in the Garden of Remembrance, and nearby there is a sculpture of a dog. This was produced by local sculptor David Wynn in 2005 and was cast in steel at the local Todmorden foundry, Weir Minerals.

Stoodley Pike monument 120ft or 37m was erected in 1815 to commemorate the Peace of Ghent and the abdication of Napoleon. It has a long history of collapse. The original monument looked like a mill chimney, but it came tumbling down in 1854 on the day the Russian Ambassador left London at the start of the Crimean War. The present monument was constructed in 1856 when peace was declared. It had a partial collapse in November 1918 just before the end of the First World War. A spiral staircase leads eerily into darkest recesses to emerge on a viewing platform at the top of the plinth.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

NEXT RAMBLE

Sunday 23rd February - Beeston, Cheshire

Leaders: Strenuous - Paul Hogan, Leisurely - David Hatchard, Easy - No one at present

Bookings. With our booking officer at the coach, Evelyn Carrigan. Email via the contacts page.

Cheques made payable to Skelmersdale Rambling Club.

It would be helpful if you would tell the booking officer if you do not intend to book for the next coach.

Coach pick-up times:

Junction Lane Burscough 8.20am

Ormskirk bus station 8.40am

Prince Albert pub Westhead 8.45am

Skelmersdale War Memorial 8.50am

Skelmersdale Baths car park 9.00am.

Please will walk leaders let Hazel have details of their walks as least TEN DAYS before the walk.

Email via the contacts page

SKELMERSDALE CHURCHES RAMBLING CLUB

Would you like a walk in the country with a friendly rambling club based in Skelmersdale? We travel by coach, picking up in Burscough, Ormskirk and Skelmersdale. There are four walks on most coach trips, depending on the availability of leaders, so there is usually something to suit most abilities.  We have trips on the second Saturday of each month throughout the year, and we are actively looking for new members. The club is run very much on the same lines as Skelmersdale Ramblers.

Our next ramble is

Saturday 8th February - Townley Hall, Lancashire

Coach leaves

Ormskirk Bus Station 8.30 am

Skelmersdale War Memorial 8.40 am

Skelmersdale Baths Car Park 8.50 am

Upholland Labour Club 9.00 am

Bookings are with Jackie Gudgeon.

RAMBLERS ASSOCIATION WEST LANCS GROUP

For more information look at the website.

JANUARY

Sunday 26th, Lunt Meadows, 13.30, 5ml, park in Brickwall Lane, opp Sefton Church.

FEBRUARY

Sunday 2nd, The Pike Stones, Rivington, 11.00, 7ml, from Great House Barn.

Wednesday 12th , Worthington Lakes,13.30, 5ml, from the Lakes, Standish.

CLUB NOTES

LOST PROPERTY

Please remember to take everything with you, walking poles, flasks, crisp packets, drinks bottles and coach notesEveryone is very good for not leaving anything on the coach except for coach notes. Please take them with you even if you do not want to keep them.

If you realise that you have left something behind please do not contact the coach company as Jackie usually collects whatever is left behind.


NEW MEMBERS

We are looking to recruit quite a few new members so if you know anyone who might like to join us please ask them to try us out and book on a walk with our booking officer.