The Spen Valley Historical Society was founded in 1972 and 2019 will be their 47th year of continuous existence. They meet on the second Wednesday of each month with the meetings starting promptly at 7:30 pm at Our Lady & St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church Hall Dewsbury Road Cleckheaton.
What do they do?
Their aim is to maintain high standards in the villages and green spaces of the Spen Valley, so that residents and visitors can enjoy the built environment, out-of-doors natural resources, and the fascinating under-appreciated local history. The Society hold meetings and events; work with the council and other organisations; and undertake environmental projects around Spen Valley. These have included tree-planting, conservation, creation of landmarks celebrating historical events; maps and trails; and the transformation of derelict eyesores into public open spaces.
Things To Do
On their website below, you can find outdoor activities and routes, and links to websites of interesting places to visit in the Spen Valley. Although Spen Valley is a built-up area, it has lots of bridleways and public footpaths leading into countryside and hillsides, so Spen is an excellent place to stroll, hike, scoot, cycle or ride a horse. It has two safe off-road routes through the valley, away from traffic. The Spen Valley Greenway is the main foot/hoof/bike thoroughfare, but the Spen Ringway runs through part of the valley. Marked walking trails include the Spen Heritage Trail, part of the Kirklees Way, Spen Heritage Trail and two Luddite circular Trails. You’re never too far from civilization though, so look out for links to cafes and pubs for refreshments, and to organisations and locations of interest.
Spen Valley urgently need volunteers to help make paths, install fences and plant hedging and trees, to create the new Jo Cox Community Wood! Next volunteer session is on Saturday 1st June from 10am to 12 noon. See details under the Projects section in the link below.