Footbridge funded by Peak & Northern on a Kirkburton footpath
Once upon a time there was a stone clapper type footbridge where Holmfirth Footpath 54 crosses Wickens Dike. The OS still show a FB on their current maps but it disappeared a long time ago. A few older locals say, with a hint of menace, that it was “Netherthong lads” that dispatched the old bridge.
This is a popular path and it can be tricky to cross the dike, although it’s fair to say generations of local children have enjoyed testing their wellies here!
A new footbridge is to be commissioned and put in place with funding of around £9k from Peak and Northern Footpaths Society. The scheme is supported by Kirklees Council and hopefully it will be done at some point in 2021.
Peak and Northern fund many such schemes and are well worth joining http://www.peakandnorthern.org.uk/