Valley film-makers take the path to Ripponden and Ryburn

Calder Valley based Pathways Video's latest DVD release, covers walks and stories in the Ripponden and Ryburn valleys
Calder Valley based Pathways Video's latest DVD release, covers walks and stories in the Ripponden and Ryburn valleys

The two-man upper Calder Valley based production company Pathways launch their latest DVD release of illustrated walks around the area next week.

With Ray Riches as presenter and Peter Thornton as director and producer, they feature journeys highlighting the historical background and ‘Pretty Gritty’ landscapes found in the South Pennines.

Their latest production, ‘Ripponden and the Ryburn Valley,’ is their tenth all together and is the second in their series of films, The Valleys of Calderdale, which celebrate the wonderful scenery of those valleys which branch off from the main Calder Valley. Many of their films have been upper valley based, with Peter formerly living in Todmorden and Ray a Heptonstall resident.

They hope upper valley residents will enjoy the new production which focuses on some near neighbours. Peter says: “Like most of our films it not only celebrates the natural beauty of the area but also its fascinating historical past.”

David Cliff reflects on its industrial legacy, Anne Kirker recounts the story of the great entrepreneur Sam Hill and the Kebroyd Mills, Andy Watts outlines the Ripponden and District Motors story, Stephen Gee traces the rise and fall of the valley’s many pubs and David Glover highlights several of the grand houses.

Ray says: “The great thing was how generous people have been in lending old photos which have brought these stories to life.”

There is a detailed account of the incredible feats of engineering which created the railway branch line from Sowerby Bridge to Rishworth and brought the world much closer to the valley’s population. Now disused, its track forms part of the vast network of trails which makes the valley a walkers’ paradise. The unique, annual Rushbearing Festival makes a colourful feature. The highlight of the film is a step back in time with a tour of the ancient heart of Ripponden village, featuring the beautiful St Bartholomew’s Church with its magnificent spire and the Old Bridge Inn, claimed to be the oldest in West Yorkshire.

For more on Pathways productions new and older, see website www.pathwaysvideo.co.uk or call 01422 202863.