Kirklees Council’s Castle Hill ranger Julian Brown is inviting people to join him on a refreshing ‘Winter Solstice Walk’ on Tuesday December 21.

The ancient celebration of Winter Solstice – also known as Yule – is one of the oldest winter festivals in the world and marks the longest night and shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

The scenic five-mile route, which incorporates some ancient footpaths, will take in the picturesque winter views of Huddersfield from the vantage point of Castle Hill and surrounding areas. The walk, which will last approximately three hours, is also an opportunity to see the rich variety of local wildlife habitats.

The walk starts at 8am from the car park at the top of Castle Hill with the hope of witnessing a dramatic winter solstice sunrise.

A Castle Hill sunrise by: SEAN DOYLE

Clr Will Simpson, Cabinet member for culture and greener Kirklees, said: “Castle Hill is one of our most treasured landmarks and has spectacular views across the borough.

“A free, guided walk with one of our knowledgeable rangers is a fantastic way for people to explore the area and learn about our wonderful Kirklees countryside and heritage.”

Walkers will need a moderate level of fitness and should wear good footwear, warm and waterproof clothing. Dogs are not allowed unless they are assistance dogs.

The guided walk is free, but places must be booked in advance by contacting Julian Brown on 07870 570914.

The walk is subject to change in line with any national guidelines regarding Covid-19. If you are feeling unwell or displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 or flu, please do not attend the walk.