Put your best foot forward with our new walking column

Norland walk by Chris Sutcliffe.'Path off Norland Town Road.
Norland walk by Chris Sutcliffe.'Path off Norland Town Road.

If you love your walking and love the great outdoors of Calderdale, you will love our new Best Foot Forward column.

What better way to get fit than taking in the splendour of our beautiful countryside on a scenic walk?

The Courier’s new walking column will showcase the best of the district’s walks, but we need your help to unearth even more.

So whether it’s an old favourite, a hidden gem, or a route with breathtaking views of our stunning landscape, we want to know all about it - and share it with fellow readers.

Please send the details, directions and photographs of your favourite walking routes in Calderdale via email to newsdesk@halifaxcourier.co.uk.

This week’s walk, courtesy of Calderdale Countryside Service, explores Sowerby Bridge.

Pick up a copy of this week’s Courier for the full route and map.

And if you’re itching to get your walking boots on, here are a selection of some of the organised walks coming up across Calderdale.

Calderdale Ramblers have organised an Upper Shibden Circular walk for Sunday, February 22.

Join Judy Gannon for this seven-mile, moderate walk. Meet at 10.30am at Shibden Park’s lower car par (fee £1). Contact Judy on 01422 823491/07771 517790.

Meet David Cant on February 22 for a heritage walk exploring transport in Sowerby Bridge.

The walk will look at the development of different forms of transport in Sowerby Bridge - from packhorse and juggernaut to barges and bogies.

Heritage walks are around two hours of fairly easy walking and are suitable for accompanied children over the age of thirteen.

No need to book, just turn up and pay on the day.

Meet at 2pm by the Station Refreshment Rooms, Sowerby Bridge. Admission is £3.

Explore Ovenden and Illingworth with two walks organised by The South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

On Monday, February 23, meet at Illingworth Moor Methodist Church, Keighley Road, for an easy 30-minute walk - refreshments will be available following the walk.

And at 1pm, meet outside Keighley Road surgery for a moderate 90-minute walk. This walk is pram friendly, but walkers are asked to not bring their dogs.

CREW (Cardiac Rehabilitation by Exercise and Walking) will discover Ovenden Moor with a four-and-a-half mile walk on Tuesday, February 24. Meet at Ogden Reservoir car park at 10am.

CREW is a Calderdale registered charity, affiliated to the British Heart Foundation - it offers exercise classes, weekly walks, training sessions, excursions and social events to improve the quality of life expectancy for people who have had or are at risk of a cardiac event.