"Footfall" Join Sätteli and sound artist Dan Fox on a processional walk and woodland ceremony- 14th September 5pm
05 Sep 19
We would love you to join Sätteli and sound artist Dan Fox at the National Trust woodland, Hardcastle Crags (also known as Little Switzerland) on a dusky processional walk and woodland ceremony on Saturday September 14th "Commemorating a time, 50 years ago when Hardcastle Crags could have been submerged under water by a plan to halt the river and fill the valley to the brim. Together we'll acknowledge the great determination of local people who saved the beauty of this valley and our right to roam within it. We'll raise a toast and reaffirm our commitment to preserving this beautiful place for future generations"
Hardcastle crags is a place which is close to our hearts. It is the reason why I (Helen) came to live in Hebden Bridge... I was living in Switzerland for 3 months having moved from Leeds. I had packed up all my belongings with no intention of moving back to the city. We grew roaming the Lancashire and Swiss countryside and it was time to go back. While I was in Switzerland I began to think about where I might go that had equal beauty to Switzerland. The things that were important for me were steep hills, valleys, rivers and woodland... it didn't take long to decide where to go!
We were horrified to learn about what nearly became of this incredible haven, and were very keen to be involved in this wonderful event- so please do join us to celebrate.
The meeting point is Gibson Mill, where there is a bar and exhibition open from 5pm. To register (its free) follow this link
28 Aug 19
We are really excited to be a part of this over the next fortnight...
"It is a little know fact that at National Trust, Hardcastle Crags hosted the Clarion Vocal Unions or Choirs 'Great Meets' in the 1920's. This saw hundreds of people walking and cycling into the woods to meet as a huge congregation to sing.
This September, as part of our National Trust Programme Project, we are excited to relive this history by hosting a 'Singing in The Landscape' workshop on the 1st September (and ceremonial walk 14th September) with Helen and Louise Curtis-Streich, better known as Sätteli, they formed as a vocal duo to honour their heritage and will be leading workshop participants into the landscape to experience our heritage"
Its also worth noting that Hardcastle Crags has some unique connect with Switzerland, in fact it is known to many by the nickname of 'Little Switzerland' because of beauty of its woodland, river and steep valley sides. There is a boulder hidden somwehere in the crags that was taken from Switzerland and placed here, and likewise there is a boulder from Hardcastle Crags that was placed in Switzerland!