Meltham Walkers are Welcome were formed in January 2013 when a group of local people, got together to promote Meltham as a great place to walk.
As Meltham is on the edge of the Peak District National Park it benefits from having a large network of public footpaths, tracks and trails as well as excellent amenities.
We initially identified 10 walk routes and were lucky to come across a list of walk routes published in 1972 by Meltham Civic Society. Our group set about checking and updating these walks to form routes of varying lengths which we have published on our website.
We host these free guided walks on the third Sunday of every month starting from the car park at the Carlile Street, Meltham at 10am where people of all ages and abilities can join us for the health benefits of walking and also to enjoy the local countryside and meet other people.
Meltham has a fascinating history and in 2016 we created the Meltham Blue Plaque trail walk to celebrate this. We were helped by David Pattern of Huddersfield Exposed who did the research and provided us with the information for the plaques. We raised funds to purchase the blue plaques and have placed these on the many historic buildings and places of interest in Meltham.
In 2018 we created another interesting walk. Melthams Old Ale Trail walk takes people round the locations of 30 of the old inns and ale houses that were located in Meltham in the 1800’s. This walk was the idea of one of our regular walkers so again we asked David Pattern of Huddersfield Exposed to find out more and from this we created a leaflet showing the locations and history of these old drinking establishments. This leaflet is also on our website.
As a group our objectives are as follows:
As part of our objectives we decided to help clear and rejuvenate the Meltham Pleasure Grounds. We use this walk route a lot and found it had become very dark, overgrown and unkempt. We have set up a ‘Friends of Meltham Pleasure Grounds’ group on Facebook and we hold a work party meeting at 10am on the first Saturday of each month. Volunteers can just turn up for an hour or two to help keep the park tidy, cut back overgrown shrubs and help decide on future plans.
We have been lucky enough to secure some funding for improvements if you like our page on Facebook you will be able to see the progress we make in the Pleasure Grounds.
We have also planted edible vegetable beds at the Playground end of the Pleasure Grounds for anyone to harvest.
In 2018 we held the first ‘Light Up The Pleasure Grounds’ event which was a huge success. We hope to continue this event each year.
The committee members of Meltham Walkers are Welcome are a small friendly bunch and if you would like to join us, to help us continue promoting Meltham as a great place to live and walk, please get in touch.