THE CULMINATION of a two-year project will be reached on Monday when members of Dewsbury and District Rambling Club officially launch their new Centenary Walk route around North Kirklees.
Starting and finishing at Dewsbury Minster, the 28-mile long circular route passes through Dewsbury, Mirfield, Spen Valley, Birstall and Batley and explores natural treasures and historical features along the way.
To make it easier for walkers of all ages and abilities the circular route is split into six short sections – and the starts and finishes of each section are all easily accessible by public transport.
A multi-coloured walk guide which gives detailed information about each of the six walks will be available free of charge from council offices, libraries and sports centres throughout the district.
The walking project has been made possible after funding was obtained from area committees in Batley, Dewsbury and Spen Valley and also by the fundraising activities of the ramblers themselves to help mark their centenary.
Club president Malcolm Haigh said: “It has been a testing two-year long programme which started with the creation of a circular route and then concentrated on getting each of the six sections absolutely right.”
Scores of local ramblers explored and logged each suggested section of the route. These were then checked and re-checked by other ramblers to try to iron out as many problems as possible.
Once satisfied about the chosen routes the members then consulted Kirklees Countryside Volunteers on how to erect guideposts and display specially-designed walk discs to keep walkers on the right track.
The end result is that many fascinating features of towns, villages and the countryside in between have been brought to the fore.
“It has been a lengthy and tiring process for lots of ramblers,” continued Mr Haigh. “But throughout it all the group has received outstanding help from the footpaths section and graphics section of Kirklees Council, especially Justin Roche and Dean Meacham.
“They have helped produce a compendium of six attractively-packaged walks and in doing so have ensured that our Centenary Walk will be a valuable aid to the community.”
The Centenary Walk will be officially launched by Ramblers Life Vice President Bessie Goldthorpe at Dewsbury Minster next Monday at 10am.=