In 1769, William Dighton, a public official, investigated the gang. A Coiner, James Broadbent, betrayed the gang and Hartley was arrested. Isaac Hartley, "King" David's brother planned to have Dighton killed. On 10th November 1769, two Coiners, Matthew Normanton and Robert Thomas, ambushed Dighton in Halifax and shot him. Charles Watson-Wentworth, a former Prime Minister, was tasked with hunting down the killers. He had thirty Coiners arrested by Christmas Day. David Hartley was hanged on 28th April 1770, and buried in Heptonstall. Isaac escaped and lived until 1815. As for Dighton's murderers, Normanton was hanged on 15th April 1775 and Thomas was hanged on 6th August 1774. Check it out on James’s walk on the 9th. 4. Our Walks in September. Close Gate bridge, Marsden. Jims walk on the 14th. We have 7 group walks this month, details as follows :- 1. On Saturday 2nd join James Tew for our leisurely walk Redisher Woods. The walk starts at Laurel Street, Tottington, near Town Meadows (the bus terminus for Rochdale buses is nearby). Toilets available in the library or main street. Route :- The walk takes us along the Kirklees Trail towards Greenmount. Across the golf course towards Hawkshaw, along Hawkshaw Lane to Redisher Woods. Return via Summerseat and Brandlesholme. Leisurely walk not more than 5 miles. 1pm start. 2. On Sunday 3rd it’s the Kirklees Roamer with Tony Bevan. Route :- The walk will be taking in great views, woodland, forest, pasture, waterfalls and villages. It is an undulating walk taking in many stiles and a visit to the centre of Holmfirth for a short break and toilet stop. Moderate. 10.5 miles. 10.30am start.
3. On Saturday 9th James Colgan introduces us to the The Coiners of Cragg Vale. Route :- Please note the Starting Point and details are still the same as on the website (Withens Clough Reservoir Car Park) but please use post code HX7 5UB. This is a walk exploring the history of the infamous Cragg Vale Coiners. The apparent tranquility of Mytholmroyd belies a murky past involving an 18th century counterfeiting gang, the ‘Cragg Vale Coiners’. This gang's activities were said to be so damaging that they threatened to wreck Britain's currency. We will visit the homes of the leaders of the gang, visit landmarks, discuss the history of the gang and the broader counterfeiting issues of the times. Moderate. 8 miles. 11am start. 4. On Thursday 14th James Hargreaves does the Standedge Classic. Route :- . This walk starts North on the Pennine Way over Millstone Edge (1470`) to Oldgate Moss and then over the old pack horse route to Close Gate Bridge via Marsden Moor.We then ascend Pule Hill (1433`) before returning to Brun Clough Reservoir via Redbrook Reservoir. The walk offers a combination of packhorse trails and a national trail with potentially classic wide South Pennine panoramas. Intermediate walk. Approx 7.5 miles 11am start. 5. On Sunday 17th Richard Gibbons takes us up to Great Bride Stones. Route :- The walk leaves the Hare and Hounds Car Park skirting Harley Wood over Hudson Moor to join the Calderdale Way. We then head to Shore before reaching our lunch stop at the waterfall at the entrance to Eleanor's Wood. After lunch we proceed over Bride Stones Moor to the Stones which are outcrops of odd shaped millstone grit rocks over half a mile in length at 1,400 feet above sea level. Richard will give you a little history and tell you some myths about this fascinating area. We return to the car park via Windy Harbour and Whirlaw before touching on the Calderdale Way again at Hole Bottom. This is a scenic valley walk with some steep sections but on well established paths. Moderate. 7 miles. 10.30am start. 6. On Saturday 23rd it’s our coach trip to Swaledale and Richmond, meeting instructions above. Route :- David &Maureen walk. Departing from Round Howe car park (toilets) and crossing the Reeth Road the walk follows the valley of the River Swale to Applegarth Farm and continues towards Marske. Returning towards Applelgarth the route takes us up Deep Dale to follow the ridge above Whitcliffe Scar with fine views up and down Swaledale. After visiting Willance's Leap we return to central Richmond by Whitcliffe Farm and Hurgill. 10 miles Moderate. 7. On Thursday 28th we visit Marsden with Eric Lord. Route :- The walk starts from the station car park at Marsden. It will be a circular walk around Marsden