Welcome to Leggin’ Netherton!
My name’s Dave and I’m the Library Systems Manager at the University of Huddersfield.
In my spare time, I run Huddersfield Exposed and also The Hitchcock Zone, a site dedicated to film director Alfred Hitchcock.
Netherton is a small village with a population of around 4,000 situated about 3km south-west of Huddersfield on the road to Meltham. From here, it’s a stone’s throw to the Peak District National Park and we’re surrounded by fields, reservoirs, hills and moorland.
I’ve lived in this part of Huddersfield since the late 1990s and it’s a fascinating area to explore, rich with history and criss-crossed with old footpaths.
The intention is for this blog to be a miscellany of some of the many walks and sights to see in the HD4 & HD9 postcode areas of Huddersfield, including Netherton, Meltham, Lockwood, Honley, South Crosland, Crosland Moor, Crosland Moor, Armitage Bridge, Berry Brow, Blackmoorfoot… and occasionally beyond.
I’m also planning to transcribe a number of old local newspaper articles and you can find those here.
I only really began exploring the local area when I needed to lose a bit of weight and started going out walking and running, hence the name of the blog — in the local dialect, “leg” is a verb meaning to walk or run, and I usually end up doing a bit of both thanks to all the ruddy hills around Netherton!
You can tweet me at @daveyp