Howley Hall and Lady Anne’s Well: A guided walk
The Howley Hall and Lady Anne’s Well walk is one of several available for booking from Heritage Education. To see a complete list, click here.
An outline of the walk
This walk looks at a small area of greenbelt between Batley and Morley (West Yorkshire, UK). For such a small area it is rich in both history and folklore. The walk visits the ruins of Howley Hall, the former home of the Savile family. One of their members, Lady Anne Savile, was reputedly killed by wild animals while bathing. The site of Lady Anne’s Well has now gone but the stream that fed it still flows into Lady Anne Dike. Howley was also the spot where Nevison, (the highwayman who actually made the ride from London to York later attributed to Dick Turpin) was captured by trickery and shot the innkeeper Fletcher in a daring bid to escape. This is a relatively short walk packed with history and is ideal for a Sunday afternoon or a summer evening.
|Starting point||At the junction of Howley Mill Lane and Scotchman Lane a near the Batley/Morley boundary. (SE 245 255)|
|Public transport||The 221 bus service (Leeds, Morley, Batley, Mirfield) runs along Scotchman Lane. There is a bus stop near the end of Howley Mill Lane.|
|Length of walk||Two miles|
|Difficulty||There are some steep ups and downs (though none of them are prolonged) and one stile to cross. If it has been raining some sections of the walk can be extremely muddy. Suitable footwear is therefore essential. The route is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.|
|What you will see or hear about||Boggard Pit The Needless Shoddy and Mungo Black Tom of Soothill The site of Lady Anne’s Well The Ruins of Howley Hall How Nevison, the highwayman, slew Fletcher Howley Hall Farm|
All walks cost £50 for group bookings. A 20% discount is available if you book two or more talks or guided walks.