Work out the co-ordinates for the final cache by taking a walk with us in and around Heaton Woods. This is a favourite walk of ours, taking in what we think are the nicest areas & interesting locations along the way.
There are simple questions to answer at locations on the way. We strongly suggest doing the walk in order.
The whole walk is 3 miles with quite a lot of uphill & down hill sections – including steps. Not suitable for wheel chairs or push chairs. It takes about 2 hours to complete
There are two sections that involve brief walks along the road side, and two areas of open water plus a shallow stream.
There are many other caches to pick up in the area.
There is no need to leave the footpaths (or go cross-country) at any point – including to the final cache – the footpaths will take you there.
Future & Past: N 53’49.010 W 001’47.309
You are standing on Heaton Hill. Take a look over the wall into Heaton Graveyard
This Victorian graveyard was first instituted in 1824. There are over 1100 graves, and, according to the register, 8630 people have been interred since 1868, the last burial taking place in 2007. The graveyard is also the resting place of several thousand paupers and their children, buried in communal graves of which there are no records.
The graveyard is currently on the care of members of the Heaton Graveyard community Project. Volunteers undertake a variety of tasks, from weeding and planting, mowing, digging, and the repairing of monuments. The project runs an ‘Adopt a Grave’ scheme, to encourage members of the public to ‘adopt’ and look after a grave of their choice.
On your way to the next location, take a look at the signs designed by children from the nearby primary school.
What colour is the “Bag it - Bin it” dog?
Red: A = 4
Blue: A = 6
Purple: A = 8
Cat Steps & Sledging Run
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The Cat Steps lead from Quarry St down into the woods. Said to have been named as they are so awkward to climb – only a cat would choose to use them.
This area of ancient woodland is known collectively as Heaton Woods. The steep sided gully in which the woodland grows has protected it from development over the years, and is today a valued local beauty spot & sledging run in the winter.
The Heaton Woods Trust was established as a Registered Charity in 1978 and its main aim is to preserve and replant Heaton Woods, the majority of which is now in the ownership of either Bradford Council or the Trust
Take a look at the three information boards
How many acres of woodland does the Heaton Woods Trustt manage ?
17 acres: B = 0
40 acres :B = 2
45 acres: B = 3
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Sean’s pond was constructed in the 1980’s and expanded with the addition of a 2nd pond in the 2000’s. Herons & ducks are often spotted in, or around the ponds.
In 1991 the original pond was dedicated to the memory of Sean Emmott who died aged 24 in a road traffic accident.
Take a look around this lovely area ( keeping your mini-cachers safe around the open water )
How many wooden bridges are there ?
2 bridges: C = 0
3 bridges: C = 1
4 bridges: C = 2
These woods are particularly attractive in the springtime when covered in a carpet of bluebells.
If you take the walk in early morning you may be lucky enough to spot deer on the paths.
Sparrow Hawks hunt during the day & at dusk bats & owls are frequently seen in the area.
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How many metal bolts hold the seat in place?
2 Bolts; D = 0
3 Bolts: D = 1
4 Bolts: D = 2
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You are looking for a orange stained spring, with a short (6m) stream joining the main stream.
The staining of this water is created by natural ironstone rock.
Ironstone is a sedimentary rock that is either deposited directly as a ferruginous sediment or created by chemical replacement. It contains a substantial proportion of an iron compound from which iron can be smelted.
From where does the spring emerge at this point?
Through a metal drain: E = 1
From under a stone: E = 4
Between the roots of two trees:: E = 5
Hole in the wall – Shay Lane
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********* When nearing the end of the path please keep a tight hold on children & dogs as it opens straight out onto a roadway with a very narrow pavement.**********
How many steps up to the road?
4 Steps F = 5
13 Steps F = 2
25 Steps F = 4
Heaton Royds - 6 days only
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The name Heaton Royds comes from the Old English:
“Heah Tun” means a high farmstead, and “Rod” a clearing.
Shay Lane comes from the old word “Sceaga” - a copse (or small wood)...so the whole means 'the high farmstead in the clearing in the copse'.
“Six Days Only”, dates back to a time when one of the cottage dwellers sold nettle and root beer. They would not sell on the Sabbath and put up a sign to say so. Eventually the name stuck. Older resident of Bradford can remember buying from this shop as late as the 1970’s.
What is the date above the door of the white cottage?
1532 G = 5
1632 G = 7
1637 G = 6
Junction of Wilmer Drive / Redburn Rd / Red Beck Vale
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This is a waypoint to help you navigate out of the woods & back in again along a different track. - From here load in your next co-ords & take the nearby (sign posted ) track back into the woods.(NOTE 2017... The sign post had now fallen down) .... follow your arrow to no. 8 along, the dirt track - which soon narrows to a footpath.
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These woods have had a busy industrial past. Stone quarrying in the 1880’s & coal extraction from 1650 until the 1920’s,
Clay was extracted from this part of the woods & you are standing near the site of the John Fife Co. Sanitary Tube & Fire Brick Manufacturers of Shipley.. It is hard to imagine that this area was once a centre of industrial activity. The works chimney stood untill1988.
What is the name of this Wood?
Upper Wood H = 1
Middle Wood H = 3
Lower Wood H = 2
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What colour is this bench
Green I = 4
Red I = 0
Blue I = 9
Sit a while on the bench to work out the co-ords for the cache, which is placed somewhere on the way back to the starting location on Heaton Hill.
There is no need to leave the footpaths (or go cross-country) at any point – including to the final cache – the footpaths will take you there
We hope that you have enjoyed the walk around these lovely woods – please come again!
Final cache – you are looking for a medium sized camo covered, Clip Lock container
Sorry – but it’s all up hill from now on!