Walk of the week: Pudsey

Friday is the annual fundraising day for the BBC Children in Need appeal. With that in mind it seemed that there was only one appropriate place that we could feature for our walk of the week this week – the market town of Pudsey in West Yorkshire.

The Church of St Lawrence and St Paul in Pudsey

The Church of St Lawrence and St Paul in Pudsey

Let’s first have a bit of a history lesson about Pudsey. The town was mentioned in the 1086 Domesday book as Podechesaie and Podechesai although it believed to be around much earlier – back in the 6th century when it was the centre of the Kingdom of Elmet. Elmet was an independent Brythonic kingdom between the 5th century and mid-7th century and later became the West Riding of Yorkshire.

In the 18th and 19th centuries the town was known for it’s production of wool and then in the late 19th century cricket became an important part of the town. Some of the best cricketing talent in England learned to play the game in Pudsey including Sir Len Hutton, Herbert Sutcliffe, Ray Illingworth and more recently, Matthew Hoggard.

With it’s location between the two industrial towns of Leeds and Bradford, during the industrial revolution Pudsey seemed to spend most of it’s time covered in soot and pollution. Being in a slight valley meant that the pollution used to hang in the air.thankfully though those days have now gone!

Our walk today takes starts and finishes at the Bankhouse pub (OS grid reference SE217 320) which is situated to the south of the town – the perfect place to reward yourself after your walk!

The route for the walk is available on OS getamap and is 6.62miles (10.65km) which should take around 2 hours 30minutes to walk. If you’re looking to explore a wider area OS Explorer Map 288 – Bradford & Huddersfield covers the Pudsey area.

Are you planning any fundraising walks for Children in Need this year? If so – where are you going?

Photograph: Bill Henderson via Geograph

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