The legend of the Two Lads on Blake Moor

Hebden Bridge author and keen rambler Chris Goddard has written a new book about walking the West Yorkshire's moors.
Hebden Bridge author and keen rambler Chris Goddard has written a new book about walking the West Yorkshire's moors.

A Hebden Bridge author and rambling enthusiast has written and illustrated a book detailing some of West Yorkshire’s moorland walks.

Entitled The West Yorkshire Moors, the book is a hand-drawn guide to the county’s walking routes which were opened up with introduction of laws giving walkers the ‘right to roam’.

Author Chris Goddard, 35, said: “The moors weren’t well-mapped so I started making sketches of landmarks.

“There was nothing to guide people around the moors since they’ve been opened up, so I started putting this book together.”

The maps show dozens of routes and feature illustrations of landmarks - each detailing the history and folklore of the area.

Mr Goddard said: “It’s very easy to go out onto the moors and think that it’s empty, that it’s bleak, that there’s not a lot of interest - but when you explore the land and look into its history, it’s actually quite fascinating.

“There are standing stones that are thousands of years old - the more you explore, the more you realise how well-used these moors have been througout history.”

Mr Goddard works as a footpath and trails surveyor.

“I have walked all of the paths in Calderdale for the council.

“I did a survey for them of all the public rights of way - that was after I started writing the book, but it was really useful to explore all of these different areas.”

Mr Goddard has already started work on his next book mapping out the county’s ancient woodland.

The West Yorkshire Moors is available in local bookshops.