the Colden Valley
Ancient Village and Valley
Running Time = 1 hour 15 minutes
Starting in remote Noah Dale, on the edge of the moors in the South Pennines Park we trace the River Colden on its downward trek, pausing at derelict farmhouses to wonder what kind of lives survived there. The river tumbles down past the ruins of Bob Mill and the site of the Upper and Lower Lumb Mills, leaving the river we climb the hillside and pass the Arvon Foundation at Lumb Bank where students come for creative writing courses in idyllic surroundings.
Higher up we arrive at the hamlet of Slack which has attracted much hilarity over the years with its Slack Top and Slack Bottom, we then explore the site of Dawson City a shanty town which grew up to house the hundreds of navvies who came to build the reservoirs high up on the moors, amazingly a railway was built to transport them there.
Finally we enter Heptonstall where drone footage shows its position perched high above Hebden Bridge. In Towngate are the two remaining pubs – the Cross and the White Lion, which at one time were joined by five others, then we carry on up the cobbles with rows of weavers’ cottages on either side and look at the village pump.
The present cultural life of the village is also included featuring the Spring Music Festival, performances by the Hepton Singers, the Village Arts Festival and of course the hugely popular Pace Egg Play given in Weaver’s Square on Good Friday
At the heart of the village are the two churches of St Thomas a Becket and St Thomas the Apostle with the former dating back to the thirteenth century and the latter replacing it in 1854 after storm damage.