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Wild Drugs

What’s this about wild drugs..?

wild drugs - image of couple walking on country path

If you have an interest in health, alternative therapies or plants – you do you could be in for a treat this May.

Join Medicinal Herbalist Sue Salmon and learn about the healing power of hedgerow plants, find out how to  identify commonly used plants, and try out some herbal teas.

Sue is leading a walk and talk session on wild drugs at three locations in Kirklees.

Where are the wild drugs sessions?

Bagshaw Museum, Batley –  Tuesday 10 May 2016, between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

The Greenwood Centre at Ravensthorpe  – Wednesday 11 May 2016, between 10am and 12.30pm.

Meltham Library, Meltham – Tuesday 24 May 2016, between 1pm and 3pm.

How to book

The sessions each cost £1 and are available from the venue or by calling Kirklees Box Office on 01484 223200.


an image of the golden bear hunt

Bear Hunting is back – get walking this autumn

bear hunting

What’s that? Is it a bird, is it a plane… no it’s a bear!!!

Who doesn’t love a good bear hunt?  The chance to get out in the fresh air and search for something different, the thrill of the chase, and the excitement of showing off your prize to your friends.

Obviously we don’t mean hunting for real bears (we’re not that cruel) – Bear Hunting and Other Ways to Walk are events and activities designed to get us all out and walking on some of the 700 miles of footpaths across Kirklees.

In addition to an actual bear hunt (with golden bears) there are also art, music and other walking inspired events that use the footpaths in Kirklees in ways you would never think possible.

Bear Hunting and Other Ways to Walk is happening across Kirklees until November 2015.

Golden Bear Hunt

Your all invited on a Golden Bear hunt,  This fun for all the family activity is being run by artist Bess Martin.

Bess has hidden hundreds of handmade clay bears across Kirklees.  You can find clues to where the bears are hidden on her blog www.bessinabout.com. There’s also an interactive map on the bear hunting website so you can find out which bears have been found, and which are are still up for grabs! Get out and find yourself an original handmade artwork to keep.

Gathering Tree Seeds – Saturday 10 October, 10-12.30pm, Mirfield

Want to grow your own tree?  Take a stroll to beautiful Ladywood with Kirklees Countryside Officer Simon Pedley, once there you’ll learn how to find and collect acorns and tree seeds for planting.

You can then either take your seed home – or leave it with us to be nurtured for a couple of years and then planted into the woodland at Dewsbury Country Park.  There’ll be a chance to warm up afterwards with free drinks and warm snacks at The Ship Inn.

Book your place on Gathering Tree Seeds (free event)

Herbal Hedgerows – Thursday 15 October, 10-12.30pm, Mirfield

Ever wondered about the medicinal properties of wild plants? Like the idea of finding free medicines growing near you?

Expert Sue Salmon will be pointing out medicinal plants growing in the wild and showing us just what we can do with them on this guided walk.

After this session you may well change your mind about how to treat your winter coughs and colds this year.

Find out more about Herbal Hedgerows (costs £6)

Colne Rising – Saturday 24 October at 3.30pm, Sunday 25 October at 2.30pm, Marsden

The year is 2067. Climate change has become climate chaos, and even 75 miles inland is not safe from the sea. A series of short spoken-word performances will submerge you in this new world. Meet at the Bandstand in Marsden Park, for a moderate terrain walk of around 3 miles ending at the New Inn for a warming drink.

Learn more about Colne Rising (costs £2.50)

Bear hunting events coming up…

Walking events in November include a Secret Fire Garden in Meltham. For all other events pick up a leaflet from your local library or follow @bearhuntfest on Twitter and like bear hunting Kirklees on Facebook.

Bear Hunting and Other Ways to Walk is devised and managed by ‘We Do’ and supported by Kirklees Council and Arts Council England.

Keep this landscape view of Castle Hill litter free

Autumn walk at Castle Hill

A landscape view of Castle Hill above Huddersfield

On Friday 18 September 2015, Castle Hill Ranger Julian Brown will be leading a six mile walk, starting at 1.30pm at Huddersfield’s best known landmark, and lasting about three hours.

The ‘Autumn is in the Air’ walk is free and described as a moderate to hard level walk.

Walkers should meet in the car park at the top of the hill and are advised to wear good footwear and warm waterproof clothing. There will be slopes, rough terrain and a number of stiles on the walk. Please don’t bring a dog unless it’s an assistance dog.

Want to join in the walk?

Please register your interest with Julian Brown, Castle Hill Ranger:

Call: 07968 426 312

Email: julian.brown@kirklees.gov.uk

Can you find the golden bears?

A summer walking festival

Bear hunting - a summer walking festivalFancy going on a bear hunt? A brand new summer walking festival has come to Kirklees, and you’re all invited.

Bear Hunting and Other Ways to Walk is inspired by Michael Rosen’s ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and features arts events that use our footpaths in ways you’d never think possible.

The festival runs until October 2015, visit the Bear Hunting website for details of all events. Here are a couple of highlights:

Golden Bear Hunt
Now until October (or before, if all the bears are found!)
Find one of 500 clay bears, handmade by artist Bess Martin. Bess has hidden the bears across Kirklees, but can you find one? Follow the clues on her walking blog or on twitter using #FindTheBear

Two walks at Oakwell Hall Country Park
Sun 23 August, 11-3pm, Oakwell Hall Country Park
Two different bear hunts, a teddy bear’s picnic and a new way to walk from artist Sorrel Muggridge will make this a lovely day outdoors (with plenty of places to shelter if the sunny weather is misbehaving). Choose your own routes and make it as gentle or as strenuous as you like – the country park offers accessible footpaths through gardens and woodlands. Bring your own bear for a picnic (packed lunches available from the café).

Enter the bear making competition
Children, families and even grown-ups are invited to make a bear and take them along to any Kirklees Library before 15 August. All entries will be hidden in the woods at Oakwell Hall on Sunday 23 August for you to find. The best 12 bears will also feature in a 2016 Calendar.

Fringe events
Fringe events include an evening of live music, poetry workshops, a photography walk and opportunities to meet the artists.

More info:

–  Visit the Bear Hunting website to download the programme and book events
–  Follow the event on twitter and facebook
–  Bear Hunting and Other Ways to Walk is devised and managed by ‘We Do’ and supported by Kirklees Council and Arts Council England.

Nordic walkers

Best foot forward for new year Nordic walkers

Nordic walkersNew Nordic walking sessions started on Thursday 8th January 2015 at Castle Hill, with more dates planned throughout the year.

The sessions will begin at 10.30am and will last about 90 minutes in some beautiful countryside. Trained Nordic walkers will be on hand to help.

There’s no need to worry about the pace as no-one gets left behind in this full body exercise that is easy to learn and is kind on the joints. It’s suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

The specially designed walking poles are used in a way that harnesses the power of the upper body in order to propel you forward as you walk. When properly used, the poles take the weight off the knees and lower body joints – this makes you feel lighter on your feet.

All you will need is good footwear, warm clothing and waterproofs. There will be some slopes, rough terrain and a number of step-over stiles on all the walks.

If you’re interested in taking part, please contact Julian Brown the Castle Hill Ranger for more details.

For more info:

Contact Julian Brown, Castle Hill Ranger
Email: julian.brown@kirklees.gov.uk
Tel. 07968 426312