Crossing the Pennines (Milestone Society)
Using History to bring Jobs !!
Community volunteers are setting up a Heritage Trail through the Yorkshire Colne Valley to tell residents and visitors alike about the stunning scenery and its travel history that shaped the West Riding. The Trail will attract more visitors and bring custom to the friendly inns, restaurants, shops and small businesses.
There’s plenty to see, on foot, by bike or by car, with fascinating evidence of the Romans, the medieval packhorse trains, the Turnpike Trusts, the navvies who built the canal and ingenious engineering by Blind Jack of Knaresborough and Thomas Telford.
But there is one section of the Trail that the volunteers alone cannot repair, the steep, ancient packhorse track from Cop Hill to Netherwood Lane, between Slaithwaite and Marsden – its surface has been reduced to rubble by the feet of generations and it is a running torrent in wet weather.
The Milestone Society is co-ordinating the project which will involve the schools and Kirklees College students in the restoration work, bringing more skills to the Valley, under the tutorship of local landscape restoration professionals.
Explore the Trail on the project’s website, www.CrossingThePennines.co.uk