Pathways are a two-man, Calderdale based film production company which feature journeys highlighting the historical legacy and ‘pretty gritty’ landscapes found in the South Pennines.Producer and cameraman Peter Thornton from Northowram and writer and presenter Ray Riches from Heptonstall have been making films together for over a decade.
Peter had been a Fire Service Officer for 25 years and also filmed hundreds of weddings,stage shows and events in the area before teaming up with Ray.
Ray had been a teacher for 30 years and a prominent actor,past President, and active Producer and Director at the Little Theatre in Hebden Bridge.
In 2004/05 Pathways decided to take a look at the Bronte family and found the Bronte Way footpath from Birstall near Leeds to Padiham near Burnley. The footpath visits all the important places associated with the literary family, we split the film into two parts entitled “Bronte Ways Part 1 and 2”.
Produced in 2017/18 “Hebden Bridge – A Milltown Reborn” takes a look at this fascinating town in Calderdale, which has transformed itself from a mill town to a modern tourist centre.
This is the fifth in the Pathways series, ‘The Valleys of Calderdale.” it traces the town’s growth from a small hamlet around a river crossing, into a bustling mill town at the centre of the fustian clothing trade, earning it the nickname ‘Trouser Town.’
A post war decline saw many mills and buildings demolished but as the film shows, the conservation movement changed all that.
Our summer project for 2018 is entitled “Heptonstall & the Colden Valley” which begins on the moors in Noah Dale tracing the history of the old mills in the Colden valley before taking a look at the ancient village of Heptonstall situated on the hillside overlooking Hebden Bridge. This DVD will be released for the Christmas market and will be available from various outlets in the valley and our website www.pathwaysvideo.co.uk.