3VV have arranged for a group of us to visit the Pigs in the Wood pig sanctuary in Denby Dale, West Yorkshire. This is a sanctuary for pigs that promotes veganism and provides talks to schools and groups about pig welfare. The visit will involve meeting the pigs and observing them behaving naturally in their environment. We may be able to feed and or massage the pigs and have a walkabout in the woods with the pigs (if the pigs want to!). We’ll be provided with information about pig welfare and may even be able to have a picnic in the wood with the pigs (weather permitting).
It’s going to be (very) muddy so wear suitable footwear e.g. wellies. The sanctuary needs funding to keep going so there is a minimum donation of £5 for adults. Please bring a vegan lunch and drinks with you for our picnic.
We’re meeting at the sanctuary at 10.30 and will be going by car. We’d like to car share so if anyone is happy to drive then please let us know. We’ll be leaving Todmorden at 8.45 am. and Hebden at 9.00 am. If anyone would like to make their own way to the sanctuary the address is: Highbridge woods, Wakefield Rd, Scissett, HD8 8SZ.
Thanks to Kim for the photos of the event, above, and Rob, below.
We met two new, shy but inquisitive pigs called Lottie and Dottie. They were very interested in meeting us but did not want to come too close. They have been given the opportunity to flourish somewhere they can feel safe. We have proudly adopted them and feel privileged to be able to help them settle in their new home.
Sunday 8th April circular walk,
Mytholmroyd to Cragg Vale. 7.5 Miles, 6 – 6½ hours. Contact us if you wish to join.
Meet from 10.00 outside Mytholmroyd Station under the railway bridge on New Road opposite the Shoulder of Mutton pub, to depart at 10.15.
A medium to hard walk through the varied & characterful hill side woods of Cragg Vale. Sturdy, ideally waterproof, walking boots will be required, a walking pole could be useful.
Terrain: Mixture of woodland paths, muddy tracks, stone paths, grassy muddy banks, steps- often uneven. Some very wet muddy areas.
Strenuousness: Several ascents & descents, can be slippy, muddy underfoot.
Dogs welcome: There are several stiles en route, the route passes through a couple of sheep fields.
Food & Drink: There will be a lunch stop at Dog bridge, a beautiful ancient stone clapper bridge crossing Turvin Brook, together with a couple of snack/drink stops en route. Please only bring Vegan food & drinks for lunch and also ensure you also have plenty of water and energy giving snacks/fruits too.
For those not wanting to do the whole route, the 901 bus can be caught in Hebden Bridge or Mytholmroyd up to the Hinchcliffe Arms, which would reduce the walk by 3 miles/2 hours, joining the group just before the lunch stop. There is also the option of leaving the walk at that point and again at 3¾ miles after the the lunch stop, when we reach Cragg Vale road and pass a couple of bus stops for the 901.
The first half of the walk is more strenuous, though there are still several ascents/descents on the second half.
Each year, the great amphibian migration takes place at 10 sites in the Todmorden area between mid-March and mid-April.
Toads, frogs and newts tend to be most active on warmer nights, often when there is light rain. Rather than ‘crossing the road’, they are often walking up or down it, as the road is often the most direct route to get to their breeding ponds. Unfortunately, hundreds of toads and other amphibians are killed on the roads each year.
In Todmorden, there is a dedicated group aiming to reduce road casualties and organised toad patrols take place on most evenings during the migration. We’re asking people to be extra careful when driving at night – for the sake of both the toads and of the volunteers working hard to protect them.
If you do find toads on the road, and no volunteers are around, please take the time to move them to somewhere safe and dark, preferably close to their pond (if its location is known).
If you would like any further information and/or if you would like to be more involved, please contact our group: