Now That’s What I Call…..No. 10002874

The summer 2019 edition of Now That’s What I Call Things On Footpaths That Probably Shouldn’t Be There! Enjoy Ramblers!

A Tractor!
Scar Hole Lane2
Yet another great inland sea. Is Kirklees the “Lake District” of West Yorkshire?
A maze maze of gates & no right of way signs.
Brand new & dodgy looking step.
Not quite 3 steps to heaven.
Something to give you a warm after walk glow – nettles!
What the….?
Classic path sign
Another footpath classic – the pallet obstruction.
Unhinged. Like OMG,literally!
An upgrade from the usual pallets – palisade fencing!
Welcome to the countryside ūüôā
Built during the West Yorkshire wood shortage of 1983
Not one for a wet day or hay fever sufferers
The National pothole archive on Ramsden Road.

Footpath Fun In Calderdale


A change is as good as a rest they say. Whilst it’s good to explore new paths in different areas it’s a shame the same old problems of dodgy stiles and obstructions remain an irritating ever present wherever you go. They’re certainly something that can always be relied upon on public footpaths. They say you are never more than 6 feet away from a rat in the town and it would seem the rural equivalent is an obstruction on a public path.


I planned a quick mile walk using an OS map to secure a view of a passing steam train on the Worth Valley Line. Part of the route was on the “Worth Valley Way” and another section the “Railway Children Walk” In that¬† mile or so I battled with nettles, skinny stiles,barbed wire and broken gates. If Jenny Agutter herself had stepped out onto the path waving a pair of red bloomers warning of an upcoming hazard I wouldn’t have been surprised!

The train was good.


Well Done Kirklees 2

Holmfirth Footpath 133

At this rate PathWatch will be retiring soon. Holmfirth Footpath 133 had been wrecked by the twin troubles of 4×4’s and water damage. As can be seen above the promised repairs have now been undertaken and to a good standard too. Real pleasure to see it and walk up there.

In other good news a new hard wood footbridge has been ordered by Kirklees to replace Blackpool Bridge and it is hoped this will be in by the autumn. Good news indeed.


Thanks ūüôā

The Nettles Are Stinging This Year.

Footpath to Cartworth.

PathWatch has inadvertently provided a useful public service by walking the nettle infested path to Cartworth. We can assure you,ramblers, that the nettles of 2019 are well and truly stinging! You’re welcome.

Regular readers may recall that this path was cleared by¬†¬†Path Watch Fairies¬†¬†this time last year in connection with England’s World Cup campaign. It would seem that the women’s team aren’t having the same effect.

And just to show that nothing ever gets better in the world of Kirklees public rights of way here’s a photo of¬†Hilda’s steps¬†looking like …..well a lost world with uncontacted tribes like they always do in the summer.

Hilda’s Steps,Holmfirth

Link To Order Decision Huddersfield Byway 231 Nether Moor Farm

Byway 221 obstruction 4 (1 of 1)

A link to the¬†¬†Order Decision¬†¬†for the Inquiry opened on 29 January 2019¬†by Mark Yates BA(Hons) MIPROW¬†an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs¬†Decision date: 17 June 2019. Huddersfield Byway 231 in English ūüôā

Inspector Confirms Order In Huddersfield Byway 231 Case

Byway 221 obstruction 4 (1 of 1)

News has reached the PathWatch office that the planning inspector has confirmed the order in the long running  saga of Huddersfield Byway 231. The way is now a bridleway and confirmation of the order will shortly be advertised in the press and on site.

Huge congratulations to  Kirklees Bridleways Group for  their persistence and hard work which has made this happen and also to  the public who gave evidence at the  inquiry in January.

It is still possible for the order to be challenged on procedural grounds but not on the evidence.

More on this in due course.