FREE COURSE: Discover the Heritage of the Wharfe Valley

The Badger Stone (West Yorkshire, UK)

The Badger Stone (West Yorkshire, UK)

This short course is being offered by the Workers’ Educational Association and will look at the history and archaeology of the Wharfe Valley around Ilkley.

Date: There are three sessions – one each on the 9th, 16th and 23rd of June

Time: 14.00 – 16.00

Location: Ben Rhydding Scout and Guide Headquarters, Wheatley Lane, Ben Rhydding, Ilkley, LS29 8ET

Course Tutor: Dave Weldrake

Cost: FREE


Although the content of the course will to some extent be determined by the experience and interests of the participants, each of the three sessions will focus on a different subject area. These are:


The pre-industrial landscape

Ilkley as it is seen now is a product of the Victorian and Edwardian eras but prior to that it was a small agrarian community. This session will trace the history of the valley back the first farmers of the Neolithic.


Ilkley has been at the meeting place of major north/ south and east west routes since at least Roman times. Even so it was still a relatively small settlement. The coming of the turnpike and then the railway would change all this.

19th and 20th centuries

There is comparatively little industry in this section of the Wharfe Valley. Ilkley was to develop as a spa town and later as a tourist destination.

 The course is free of charge but pre-booking is essential.

For more information, or to book a place, go to the WEA website.





Prehistoric Ilkley Moor: a guided walk on the 31st of May 2015

Idol Stone Ilkley Moor

Idol Stone Ilkley Moor

I shall be leading a guided walk on Ilkley Moor on Sunday 31st of May. The walk will start form the public car park at the base of the Cow and Calf Rocks at 2.00 PM.   We will look at several notable examples of Rock Art as well as a couple of settlement sites on the edge of the moor.

The cost of the walk is £3. For more detailed information click here.

FREE Guided Walk: Lowe Hill Castle, Wakefield

Date: 20th May 2015

Start time: 18.30

Starting Point: CHATS Centre, Wakefield College, Wakefield WF2 84Z

Lowe Hill motte and bailey castle (Thornes Park, Wakefield, UK
Lowe Hill motte and bailey castle (Thornes Park, Wakefield, UK

This free guided walk is sponsored by the WEA (Workers Educational Association) and CHATS (Friends of Clarence, Holmfield and Thornes Parks). It explores the history and archaeology of the motte and bailey castle at Lowe Hill, Wakefield (UK). We will consider how recent archaeological work has contributed to our understanding of the site and discuss the problems of managing large earthwork archaeological sites such as this.

The walk is not difficult but is over grassy parkland. Appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear should be worn.

For further details or to book a place in advance visit the WEA website.

For further details of Thornes Park visit the CHATS website.