Head for the hills with the Courier’s walking column

CREW and Heartbeat Walk sets off from West Vale.
CREW and Heartbeat Walk sets off from West Vale.

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

It showcases the best of the district’s walks, but we need your help to unearth even more.

And as spring blooms into life, there is no better way to explore our beautiful borough.

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, shared by Sue Mardell from Savile Park, explores the stunning skylines around Halifax.

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

n CREW (Cardiac Rehabilitation by Exercise and Walking) enjoyed a walk around West Vale last week.

Walkers followed a circular trail through North Dean Woods, via Greetland Moor to Copley for a coffee stop outside St. Stephen’s Church.

The group enjoyed looking at a war memorial in the churchyard which bears the name of Halifax’s only recipient of the Victoria Cross, Hanson Victor Turner.

The return was a steep, muddy scramble before Clay House and the car park were reached.

CREW is a local cardiac support charity offering exercise classes, educational sessions, a weekly 4 to 5 mile walk and social events for people with cardiac/circulatory problems. Membership is free and open to all and information can be found on the website www.crewheartsupport.co.uk or by phoning John on 07599 080666

n Here is your handy guide to other organised walks coming up in Calderdale.

n Explore Todmorden and Illingworth with three walks organised by the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

A hard one-and-a-half to two hour hilly walk has beeen organised for Sunday, March 22.

Meet outside the Morrisons foyer in Todmorden at 11.15am. The walk may include a refreshment break.

And on Monday, March 23, two walks will explore Illingworth.

Meet outside Illingworth Moor Methodist Church, Keighley, at 10.45am for an easy, 30-minute short walk. Refreshments will be available after.

Or meet outside Keighley Road Surgery at 1pm for a moderate 90-minute walk. This walk is not pram friendly and walkers are asked to not bring dogs.

n Or if you are looking for something a little more strenuous, a walk organised by the Calderdale Ramblers will be perfect for you.

Explore a 12-mile section of the Calderdale Way, Brighouse, with the group on Saturday, March 28.

Meet at 10.30am at Thornhills Beck Lane car park, Brighouse.

For more information email calderdaleramblers@outlook.com.