Well, we did it. A happy band of 8 pedestrians and 2 cyclists completed the Over Here Over There route on Sunday 17th October, before collapsing into chairs in the Head of Steam at Huddersfield Station.
So, well done to Steve, Steve, Lewis, Andy, Ralph, Phil, Chris, Karen and Jon. Together we inscribed as good an estimation as we could of the Hellweg route between Dortmund and Unna onto the landscape between Leeds and Huddersfield.
Yes, we strayed from the path… apologies to any German residents who discerned our virtual footfall on their property as we digitally gardenhopped in our desperate attempts to stay faithful to the prescribed line across sometimes difficult terrain.
What did we find Over Here? A rudely overgrown footpath that we had to hack and slay our way through; a magical wood; bubbling orange brooks and an unexpectedly severe ascent; the incomparable Kayla’s Cafe; ancient pathways through modern suburbia; a beautiful twilight viaduct; and Huddersfield finally exploding into view as night fell.
And Over Here Over There? The delightful coincidence of Wickede’s Giraffen-Museum with Roberttown; an old railway arch substituted for a Dortmund church tower; Kampfstrasse sculptures of Wortley; approaching Unna via Dalton.
And the frightening stats: 9.5 hours to walk 20 miles. Keep an eye out here as I collate everything into a coherent whole accessible from this site.