Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Castle Hill

If you know anything about Huddersfield, you'll know that above it looms the ancient monument and settlement site of Castle Hill.

It's believed that there have been settlements at the site for over 4000 years and is regarded as one of England's most important early iron age hill forts.  When you stand near the tower it becomes quite apparent why this might be.... it's such an obvious outpost location and would be easily defended.

I shan't go into any detail about the hill because all the information you would care to read about it has already been written and can be seen in all its spurious glory along with everything else anyone cares to write about anything at Wikipedia!  Here is the page for Castle Hill and here is a page that is obviously spurious.

(I believe the spurious pages on Wikipedia are called "mountweazels" which is very pleasing!)

Ok, so today we (Dawn, Ben and I) went walking round the iron age hill fort on a largely circular circuitous route of the hill.  The weather and company were all perfect and we three all had a good time.  The largest downer of the day was having to drive frantically around a series of pubs in bad traffic trying to find one that was open at 2:00pm on a Tuesday afternoon....... Black marks are given to The Lockwood and Rat and Ratchet for being closed!

Ah well, here's some statistics..... 5.7 miles with 892ft ascent.  A pleasant stroll!



8 comments:

  1. that hill looks like one of those hills we used to study in A level geography....
    what for it...I remembered the name
    a cuesta!!!!

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  2. Pubs closed on a Tuesday lunchtime? Have people stopped eating and drinking in the Huddersfield area?

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    1. I was truly shocked by the lack of service..... very poor indeed..... we drove out to one a bit farther from town and got a nice couple of pints in the beer garden where the dogs could sit and get thoroughly bored!

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  3. Lumb Lane. I like that name. In fact, the whole walk looks absolutely delightful. Oh to be walking in England.

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    1. It's a good place.... there are plenty of walks around that area but this is one that I distantly remembered (hence the two slightly wrong turns) - it's such an important landmark for Huddersfield (Castle Hill) and even appears in the logo of our local daily rag, so it's always nice to show someon around the area.... you get lots of views of the tower from unfamiliar angles.

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  4. I don't suppose you remembered to fetch my pail of water when you went up the hill, did you?

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    1. I DID get your pail of water, but after I'd spent the whole afternoon wrapping my bag of chips up in brown paper and lashings of vinegar (or "alliker" as we call it round here), the metal bucket I'd used with a hole in the bottom, and combined with the super heating of the metal from the fiery ball in the sky (or "sun" as we call it round here) meant that all the water had magically disappeared by the time I drove home (or "hovel" as we like to call it round here).

      Sorry.

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