FIELD TRIP SIX: Black Hill and the moors
Led by Harriet Tarlo (Sheffield Hallam) and Judith Tucker (University of Leeds, Co-convener of LAND2), poet and artist and collaborators in this area on the Tributaries Series of drawings and poems.
We will take the coach out of Sheffield for just under an hour through the Pennine landscape to Black Hill, Holmfirth where we will embark on a walk over the moors and peat bogs through hilly landscape featuring many waterways and reservoirs, heathers, bog cotton and mosses, and birds such as lapwings, curlews and grouse. Now regarded as recreational semi-wilderness this is a place haunted by industrial and farming history -- only traces remain of the farms, mills and quarries that once thrived here. There are lanes and paths, now only used by walkers, which would have once been busy thoroughfares, and others which are faint tracks just discernable through the bracken. We are likely to make the Fleece Inn at Holme our final destination.
We will meet a representative of Moors for the Future who will talk to us about the area, the birdlife and recent attempts to re-establish the ancient blanket bog by the use of sphagnum moss.
See http://www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk/ for details of the organisation’s work. See https://www.walkingenglishman.com/westyorkshire11.html for images of PART of the walk we will do.
There will be 4-5 miles of hill walking. Warm and waterproof clothing and stout walking boots are recommended.