Bad Day At The Office For Pathwatch


It had to happen and today is the day! A bad day at PathWatch HQ.

Unfortunately the only news from the world of Kirklees Public Rights Of Way  today is good news. Two issues have come in which have mildly rocked the normally robust  PathWatch cynicism.

Firstly a long standing matter which has been subject to the usual managerial errors and evasion seems to be going very much in the right direction at last. It’s not  a perfect solution but  a good score draw away from home with something of an injury time equaliser feel about it. More on this at a later date when it is fully resolved but thanks to the efforts of frontline Kirklees staff for their recent work on this.

Secondly a resounding and public thank you to Councillor Paul Davies who less than 4 weeks ago received a request for a number of Holme Valley paths to be strimmed. Five of the 7 paths have been cleared already! This is incredibly positive,encouraging and will be appreciated by many 🙂




Council Lose High Court Case Over Birkby Allotments.

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Congratulations to the campaigners who have defeated Kirklees Council in the High Court over the authorities bid to evict them from the allotments off Cambridge Road at Birkby. The case has been reported in the   Examiner  and the Council seem to have made an expensive cock up by not looking at their own records from 1935 which show they cannot serve eviction notices on the doughty gardeners. Who’d have thought it.

The Council now owe one of the allotment holders £12k in costs. The Council’s costs are reported as £27k !  A fair old bit of Ramsden Road or Scaly Gate or Scar End Lane could have been repaired on that.

Another stunning performance whichever way you look at it for our supposedly cash strapped council.

Take Care!


Not a huge amount of “remote,sparsely populated,potentially dangerous mountain country”  here in West Yorkshire. I suppose if this appeared on a local Holmfirth path as a change from “Beware of the bull” it’d be a novel attempt to put walkers off! However having walked both these routes on a few occasions I can confirm it is good advice indeed.

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About 10 miles on from the sign 🙂 

Limbo Shrub Gone!


PathWatch can exclusively reveal the famous “Limbo Buddleia,” which has been a challenge to all but the supplest of ramblers, has mysteriously disappeared!

Regular readers will recall Kirklees rolling out limbo  dance classes throughout the district to equip ramblers for just such obstacles. We spoke to the Councils limbo dance coordinator Mr Winston Toago-Lilt who said “Sup bro? Gone init?” Mr Tobago-Lilt went on to explain how the council were carrying out a thorough investigation into the missing shrub. “We ain’t cut nothin’ down for years bro. So it’s a complete mystery init?”

Members of the public are urged to keep an eye out for the overgrown shrub described as 10 feet high,green and wide enough to block a footpath. The shrubs last known whereabouts was the little path above Victoria Park Holmfirth.

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E Fit of the missing shrub