Spen's Luddite Trail gives you exercise and a history lesson all in one! You can find out about the Luddites in Spen on this website- see Sparrow Park under 'Projects' and Luddites under 'Heritage'. We've also created two circular "way-marked" walks, to show you where the violent events of the 1812 Luddite risings in Spen Valley took place. Formally launched by Kirklees' Leader Councillor David Sheard on 18th September 2015, just follow the instructions in each walk's description and map, and look for the yellow waymark discs with crossed Enoch hammers.
You'll find plaques or information boards at the Shears Inn and Sparrow Park Liversedge, the Star Inn, Roberttown, Cartwright Street Rawfolds, Jackson's Cropping Shop at Hightown, the crossroads of Windybank Lane and Church Lane Hartshead, and the Dumb Steeple at Mirfield.
Part 1 walk starts and finishes at the Miller and Carter Steak House (formally the Three Nuns Pub) on the A62 at Mirfield. Download pdf leaflet (including OS map section) for Part 1 here
Part 2 walk starts and finishes at Cartwright Street Rawfolds, between Heckmondwike and Cleckheaton. Download pdf leaflet (including OS map section) for Part 2 here
Alternatively you can find the walk leaflets at libraries and town halls in Spen Valley.