Summer Trail Series by Ultra X 2023

I am writing to inform you of our plans to hold a series of trail running races in the Calderdale and City of Bradford areas of West Yorkshire on Saturday 15th July 2023.

There will be three races: a 25km, 50km, and 75km. Race headquarters will be at the Stubb Playing Fields, Mytholmroyd (grid reference SE 00636 25993), which will also be the start and finish location for all races.

We are expecting approximately 200 runners for the 25km event, 200 runners for the 50km event, and 100 runners for the 75km event. There will also be approximately 30 crew members in attendance, including directing staff, safety staff, an experienced expedition medical team, an osteopathy team, and a team of volunteers.

All three of the races’ head West from Race HQ through Hebden Bridge and towards Slack Top along the Rochdale Canal Path. At the top of Colden Road, at the 5km point, the routes separate with the 50km/75km courses heading East along the Calder Aire Link towards Penistone Hill Country Park and the 25km route continuing East to loop around Stoodley Pike before returning to Race HQ.

From Penistone Hill Country Park the 50km route will turn and loop back following the Bronte Way and the Pennine Bridleway to connect with the Half Marathon course near Colden. The 75km route will continue along the Pennine Way towards Cowling before turning Southeast towards Oldfield to rejoin the 50km course at the Ponden Reservoir and continue onwards as above.

There will be six checkpoints/aid stations on the route (six for the 75km route, four for 50km route and one for the 25km), where runners will be able to refuel with food and water. The checkpoints will be situated at grid references SD 99553 32410, SD 99828 36722, SD 98520 42589, SD 94666 31253 and SD 96806 24171.

The full routes (including proposed checkpoint locations) can be viewed online here. These may be subject to minor alterations in the lead up to the event which will be communicated to stakeholders as appropriate.

All races will be run on public rights of way (predominantly the Pennine Way), and other permissive paths with prior permission granted from landowners.

Runners will be required to cross the A646 at grid references SD 98867 27203 and SD 96807 26087, Slack Road at grid reference SD 97795 28677, Moorside Lane at grid references SE 01851 36105 and SE 01791 36281, Badgers Lane at grid reference SD 96752 27457. We will have fluorescent “Caution Runners in Road” and “Crossing Point” signs on the approach to these crossing points to warn vehicle traffic, runners, and other road users.

The routes will be marked using a combination of small red flags (staked into the ground on either side of the trail), ribbons (tied to trees, branches, fence posts etc), and laminated signs (cable tied to lampposts, fences etc) depending on terrain. All signage will be labelled to identify each item as belonging to our organisation and all markings will be removed within 24 hours of the end of the event.

Copies of additional information can be seen via the links set out below.

Key Locations

Project Plan

Emergency Action Plan

Risk Assessment

Environmental Risk Assessment

I would welcome any comments or advice regarding any oversight relating to these documents.

If you have any queries regarding this event, please don’t hesitate to contact me,


Seb Moulding
Ultra X Summer Trails Series Race Director
Email Phone 07837 787784

Anyone interested in a job in Heptonstall?

New Post Office & Shop Manager role from Jan 2022.

The Post Office & shop is an important and valued village facility which is in the process of being bought by the community. It provides a great opportunity for a Post Office Shop & Manager who would start training in the new year.

Full details can be found at

Are you that special person with the skills and vision to help develop this exciting business? Please apply with a CV and covering letter showing how you would be our ideal candidate to

Please share this with anyone who you think might be interested.

Download a copy of this flyer to share with friends and neighbours in the village.

Parish Council Meeting – 3 May 2021

The Annual and Moonthly meeting of the Parish Council will be held REMOTELY and ON-LINE (via Zoom) on Monday 3 May 2021

The Anual Meeting will take place at 7:00pm, and the monthly meeting will commence at 7.30 pm.

The agendas for the meetings and how to take part on-line can be seen here and here.

Minutes from the April virtual meeting can be seen here.

Education & Training Grants

Young people living in the Parish may be eligible for a contribution to the costs of university or college education, or training or employment, from the Heptonstall Exhibitions / Richard Naylor Charities. 

They have provided support to people within the parish for over 125 years. This is the area bounded by Pudsey Rd in Todmorden, Midgley Rd in Mytholmroyd and Turvin Rd in Cragg Vale. It includes, Hebden Bridge, Heptonstall, Blackshaw, Wadsworth, Stansfield, Erringden and Langfield.

The Heptonstall Exhibitions Charity was begun on June 26th 1893 as the result of the death of Albert Law of Green Leas, Midgehole, Hebden Bridge. The Charity of Richard Naylor was begun on 14th May 1897

“For the purpose of the assistance of persons, whose parents are bona fide residents in the Ancient Chapelry of Heptonstall, who are under the age of 21 years by means of Exhibitions consisting of either a payment of the tuition fees at the school or a yearly payment by way of a maintenance allowance tenable at any public secondary school or exhibition tenable at any university, university college or other like institutions of higher education (including professional or technical),and for the training for persons intending to enter any profession within the scope of the Charities.

The Heptonstall Exhibitions and Richard Naylor Charities are two entirely separate Charities which for the purpose of administration are administered together by the same group of Governors and Trustees.

Applications must be made by 12:00 noon on the second Saturday of September.

For further details of eligibility and how to apply visit the website

Parish Council Meeting – 2 September 2019

Click on the following link to see the agenda for the September Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School  on Monday 2 September 2019 commencing at 7.30 pm.

Minutes arising from the August 2019 meeting can be seen here.

Walton Family History…?

I wonder if you can help me or indicate who might be able to help further?

Over a number of years I have been interested in my “Walton” family history. The family lived in Heptonstall for many years. Leaving for Cornholme sometime after 1851 and before 1864. I have now traced the family back to my 4 X Great Grandfather, Moses.

He was born around 1740 and died 12th July 1801. It would appear that he was married to Mary Greenwood on 16th March 1758, they had at least 3 children, William, Henry and Jimmey. Mary died and he remarried Annah Greenwood a widow at Heptonstall St Thomas on 8th February 1781. They had at least 3 children, Tommy, William and Joseph, b. 6th April 1788. Joseph being my 3 X Great Grandfather.

Joseph appears in the 1841 census with his family living at Broadstone.
My 2 X Great Grandfather John married Betty (nee Pickles) at Heptonstall Parish Church on 30th December 1841. They lived next door to each other in Broadstone in the 1841 census.

I am interested in any further information about Moses. Is it possible to trace his family any further back?

There is a family rhyme indicating that Moses father is Harry and Grandfather Fred.
I wonder if you can help me or point me in the right direction to discover further information?

Many thanks…

Howard Walton

Please respond to Howard’s enquiry by way of a Comment below.  Any such responses will be forwarded to Howard by email.

Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum planning consultation leaflet

Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum, which covers the surrounding hill top parishes as well as Hebden Royd, has produced a leaflet offering consultation to applicants and potential applicants for planning permission/builiding regulations/listed building consent. Calderdale Council planning department are now giving this out to applicants for projects in our area.

A copy of the leaflet can be seen here.

Please can you pass it on to anyone you think it may interest, especially anyone who approaches you about planning issues. It is designed in A5 size to print out, but of course it can also be distributed electronically.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.

Best wishes,

June Eaton

for Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum

01422 844914

Annual Assembly of the Parish and March Parish Council Meetings

Click on the following link to see the agenda for the Annual Assembly of the Parish Meeting to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School on Monday 4 March 2019 commencing at 7.00 pm.

Click on the following link to see the agenda for the March Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School on Monday 4 March 2019 commencing at 7.30 pm.

Minutes arising from the 2108 Assembly Meeting can be seen here and for the February 2019 Parish Council meeting can be seen here.