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Moorland trail is a fascinating history lesson
10:00am Wednesday 2nd January 2013 in News
Sculptures and a geology trail on the moors above Haworth are providing a unique insight into the area’s industrial heritage.
A two-and-a-half-mile circular walk and 20-page guide book help outline a forgotten history through rocks, from their formation millions of years ago to the men who quarried and mined the land.
The Penistone Hill Geology Trail – which starts and finishes at Haworth Parish Church – takes in two quarries and various geological features, as well as four sculptures by Stevan Tica.
West Yorkshire Geology Trust chairman Alison Tymon, who wrote the guide book with local historian Steve Wood, said: “There’s lots of evidence of mining and quarrying in the area, which links us to our industrial heritage, but it’s more than that.
“These quarries provided all the stone for the mills and dwellings in the Upper Worth valleys – most of the buildings we see here today have been built of stone from these hills.
“People have always been interested in the heritage of the mills but not so much the mines and quarries that helped to build them.”
Stevan said he had worked on and off on the sculptures, carved from Yorkshire stone, for around two years.
“Sculpting is a hobby for me,” said the 57-year-old father of triplets.
“This was a very interesting commission and involved a lot of research.”
The trail and booklet have been funded through the Watershed Landscape Project, managed by rural regeneration company Pennine Prospects, in partnership with Bradford Council.
Copies of the booklet are available, priced £2, from Haworth Visitor Information Centre.