Jessop’s Jaunt: A Walk with a Fiery Past around the Lepton Countryside

We are really enjoying documenting these walks in the surrounding areas. Recently, we have shared 3 other fascinating walks, including: Beaumont’s Bolt and Lizzie’s Lollop.

We decided to share more of our walks with you after the very popular Three Great Places to Walk Your Dog around Mirfield was enjoyed by many of you and has had over 1200 views here on our website. Similar to the previous 2 walks mentioned, this one also comes from the Kirkburton Parish Walks website which includes 10 walks all named after a notable character from the past.

Many thanks to Malcolm MacDonald, Geof Hickey, John Heward and Robert Barraclough for initiating the parish walk project.

A walk named after Mary Ann Jessop

Mary Ann Jessop was a girl who made fireworks for her family firm in Lepton from the age of just 8 until she died in 1941 at the ripe old age of 91, making her the oldest woman firework maker in the country. Working from 6am in the morning until 10pm at night, it is said that she used to fill the fireworks with gunpowder and chuckle while standing on a stool with the adults sitting on barrels.

A bit about the walk itself…

This is a 6 mile circular walk based around Lepton; the start and finish point is at St John’s church on Green Balk Lane. There is a large public car park opposite the church where you can meet and begin your walk. If you are using your satnav, the postcode is HD8 0EW. The drive to the start point took just over 10 minutes from Beauty Petz in Mirfield.

The car park entrance opposite St John's church, Lepton

We did this walk last Saturday (16th May) and the weather was fantastic. I have to say that this is my favourite walk so far with so much outstanding beauty. We really are so fortunate to have this wonderful scenery on our doorstep.

One of my favourite parts of the walk was when we passed through Lepton Great Wood where the birdsong was totally enthralling. This was also the easiest walk to navigate out of the 3 we’ve done so far. Click here for a printable pdf of the route.

Hope you enjoy the photos

Lepton Great Wood

Great for dog walkers

Picture postcard cottage

Heading into the sunshine

Open countryside

Emerging from Lepton Great Wood

Pretty Buttercup fields

Merging with the PC Dibb Dash walk - perhaps this could be our next jaunt

The charming Rowley Hill Club

Supporting our NHS

Trees with character

Stunning views of Castle Hill (zoomed in)


Emley Moor Mast in the distance

These cows were in a separate field for those wary of them

Heading back to St John's church, Lepton