Winter Solstice walk

Castle Hill

Our Castle Hill Ranger Julian Brown is inviting people to join him on a free, guided ‘Winter Solstice walk’ on Tuesday 21 December.

What is the Winter Solstice?

The ancient celebration of Winter Solstice (also known as Yule) is one of the oldest winter festivals in the world. The Winter Solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

What route will the walk take?

The scenic five-mile route, which incorporates some ancient footpaths, will take in the picturesque winter views of Huddersfield from the vantage point of Castle Hill and surrounding areas. The walk, which will last approximately three hours, is also an opportunity to see the rich variety of local wildlife habitats.

The walk starts at 8am from the car park at the top of Castle Hill, Huddersfield with the hope of witnessing a dramatic winter solstice sunrise.

Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said:

 “Castle Hill is one of our most treasured landmarks and has spectacular views across the borough.

“A free, guided walk with one of our knowledgeable rangers is a fantastic way for people to explore the area and learn about our wonderful Kirklees countryside and heritage.”

What will you need to join the walk?

Walkers will need a moderate level of fitness and should wear good footwear, warm and waterproof clothing. Dogs are not allowed unless they are assistance dogs.

More information

The guided walk is free, but places must be booked in advance by contacting Julian Brown on Telephone number 07870 570914.

Meet at Castle Hill Car Park, off Lumb Lane, Almondbury, Huddersfield, HD4 6TA at 8am on Tuesday 21 December.

Covid 19 restrictions

The walk is subject to change in line with any national guidelines regarding Covid-19. If you are feeling unwell or displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 or flu, please do not attend the walk.

Find out more

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For further information about the walk contact Julian Brown, Castle Hill Ranger

Tel: 07870 570914 E-mail: