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Going underground: Yorkshire's hidden caves and caverns you need to visit

When looking for adventure, the mysterious world just below the surface is the perfect place to start.

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Widdop Reservoir

Walkers to commemorate the Kinder Trespass

Walkers will be celebrating the Kinder Trespass and the Right to Roam this weekend with a walk across the moors to Boulsworth Hill, organised by the Ramblers’ Association.

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Leeds has an array of beautiful places where you can enjoy a stroll, take in the views and relax in the countryside with a picnic basket full of your favourite goodies

10 of the best picnic spots in Leeds

The weather is now getting warmer, which means more and more people will be eager to venture outside and soak up the sunshine, a welcome change from the dreary weather of the past few months.
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If you want to combine walking your dog with having a pint or two, taking your dog on a walking pub crawl is a great way to go about it

Take your pooch on this dog-friendly pub crawl around Leeds

If you want to combine walking your dog with having a pint or three, taking your dog on a walking pub crawl of Leeds is a great way to go about it.

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Where paths converge at the Great Rock

Where paths converge at the Great Rock

This week’s six mile route is perfect for an afternoon stroll, writes Caroline Spalding. Beginning from Todmorden Town Hall, walk past the market to turn onto Stansfield Road, following it past Claremont Place before crossing the railway and continuing [right] along Stansfield Hall Road, past the Hall of the same name; built in 1640 for James Stansfield and extended in 1862 in a ‘Gothic Revival’ style.

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There's a great array of free things to do across Yorkshire

15 completely free things to do in Yorkshire

A great day out doesn't have to cost the earth.

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Yorkshire boasts a wealth of scenic locations to enjoy the daffodils this spring

9 of the best places to see daffodils in Yorkshire this spring

With spring now in full swing, there's plenty of reason to head outdoors to make the most of the warmer weather and enjoy the scenery as the flowers come to bloom.
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A view from the rooftop of Yorkshire

A view from the rooftop of Yorkshire

If this week you fancy a walk that isn’t too short, but also not demanding and easy to navigate; traversing moorland and taking in views stretching right to the horizon all round, then this is one for you, writes Caroline Spalding.

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Exploring the beauty of Crimsworth Dean

Exploring the beauty of Crimsworth Dean

Visitors to Hebden Bridge flock to Hardcastle Crags; yet the neighbouring valley of Crimsworth Dean is equally delightful with many paths to explore, writes Caroline Spalding.

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Enchanting woodland and wild garlic

Enchanting woodland and wild garlic

Sometimes the best walks come when you have no defined route when you begin. On the damp, foggy day I began this 8-mile route from the car park opposite the former Triangle pub, I had determined to follow the dismantled railway to Ripponden, as fog cannot deny you a good view when you’re walking through woodland along a valley bottom, writes Caroline Spalding

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Dramatic views and intimate woodland

Dramatic views and intimate woodland

This 7.5-mile walk incorporates exposed moorland, dramatic views and intimate woodland valleys with a river meandering through its bottom, writes Caroline Spalding. Starting from the Mytholmroyd Community Centre car park [HX7 5AF - an honesty box asks for a donation], climb the steps out of the car park to join Thrush Hill Road. Turn left, walk under the railway and follow the road as it curves to the right, becoming Nest Lane.

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From the Pennines to the Peaks on foot

From the Pennines to the Peaks on foot

This week’s walk provides a perfect setting in which to lose yourself, your thoughts and concerns by being distracted by the great expanse of moorland and feeling miles from civilisation. Yet as a popular walking destination, you’ll never be far from another rambler, writes Caroline Spalding.

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Taking a delightful trail from Triangle

Taking a delightful trail from Triangle

Walking is not a hobby that appeals to everyone and perhaps you have found yourself trying to persuade a reluctant friend to give it a try, only to find excuses ranging from a lack of time to a lack of proper footwear, writes Caroline Spalding.

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Snow at Ogden Water.

Is rambling on its last legs? Take a hike.

I recently conducted a survey amongst members of the Ramblers Association to gain a perspective on how walking is perceived as a hobby for the younger generations; mainly because membership of the organisation is in decline, whilst the remaining members are, inevitably, getting older.

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Hiking the hills above the Colne Valley

Hiking the hills above the Colne Valley

One benefit of following a guided walk is the advantage of not having to rely on your own navigational skills; particularly when snow camouflages the trodden pathways. This past weekend I opted to take a 12-mile hike from Slaithwaite, HD7, joining the Huddersfield Ramblers, known for their more challenging walks. This route I’d recommend for more clement weather, or perhaps even breaking it into two 6-mile walks.

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Beautiful pathways to Barkisland

Beautiful pathways to Barkisland

Ripponden is a wonderful place to begin a walk and usually, I venture towards the moorland rising above the town. This 7-mile route goes the opposite way, towards Triangle & Sowerby Bridge, and shows just how close the settlements of this part of Calderdale are to one another. Beginning from Mill Fold Lane car park [GR SE 040 196, postcode HX6 4HS] walk towards the main road, crossing it to pick up a path opposite, descending the steps in front of a large building with black window frames. Cross the yard and begin to climb before following the lane signposted Hanging Stones Lane. Tarmac gives way to stony ground, entering woodland. To your left, you will rise above the disused railway line; as you leave Ripponden behind you’ll pass a railway footbridge and eventually you’ll reach an isolated house, deep into the woodland [SE 046 212]. Pass by the house then turn sharply to the right, beginning the ascent from the dell, following a curved wall. Emerging above the trees, you’ll pass way markers indicating the Calderdale Way to your right, along which you’ll later return to the start. The land flattens, the track turns into a tarmac driveway [Highlee Flat on the map]. You emerge onto Butterworth-End Lane and a caravan park. Turn left on the road and you’ll reach Norland Moor. Immediately behind the wall enclosing the caravan park join the moor by way of an ascending track. Ignore the gate marking the Bridleway to Garden Lane and walk diagonally left up to the top, meeting the corner of a stone boundary. Take the path adhering to the wall continuing in a straight line for 1km across the moorland. At the end, turn right along the track which emerges next to the Spring Rock pub at the junction of the B6113 and Norland Road. Facing the junction, take the waymarked path on the right-hand side of the road. Passing along the edge of the field; you’ll see a passageway flanked by two stone walls; it bends to the left, then down steps along the edge of more rugged woodland. Turn right on the track at the bottom [SE 068 210], then take the path marked on the left, across some boggy fields and stiles marked on the map as Greetland Wall Nook. You reach another track, turning left to pass a large house and descending to meet Saddleworth Road next to a bus stop. Turn right, then there’s a path [on left] following the edge of fields until at the bottom you turn right, passing under foliage and then a gate, crossing another field to meet Branch Road at the bottom. Turn right and cross the road; at the end of the terrace houses pass through a gap in the wall skirting the perimeter of a garden descending to meet the Black Brook. Follow the river upstream to the houses [Lower & Upper Bank House], turning right on Beestonley Lane towards Barkisland Mill. Turn left at the cross roads, where the sign indicates the recycling plant and almost immediately there is a path to your right which climbs up the bank. Towards the top, pass through the fence turning left, the path curves to the right to meet a lane across a stile, which you follow up past Sourdock Hill Farm. At the top of the track there is a way marker indicating Barkisland Village on the right. This descends into Barkisland Clough and climbs to meet Stainland Road. Here, along the road to the right, is Barkisland Hall. However, this route turns left, crosses the road and takes a track on the right to meet Sandyfoot Clough. A short, steep climb from the clough returns you to Saddleworth Road. Looking left, you’ll see a way marker. Follow this up past the electricity pylon, ‘hop over the wall’ of a garden and walk the driveway of the houses to meet another road. Directly ahead is another way marker, again walk up a driveway [Abbots Royd] follow the way markers to cross another boggy field to meet once again Butterworth End Lane. Return via the same track from which you emerged onto the road, and descend. Turn left at the Calderdale Way signpost – following the track named Moor Bottom Road, turn right at the main road taking the steep road descending marked Calderdale Way which gives a welcoming descent back to the start.

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The best spots in Calderdale for bite-sized festive walks

The best spots in Calderdale for bite-sized festive walks

Most of us enjoy the Christmas break; perhaps over-indulging a little on mince pies, roast potatoes and mulled wine.

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Take a festive country walk

Take a festive country walk

Shibden Mill Inn will be staging its hugely popular Twixmas stroll between Christmas and New Year.

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Harbour Law won the 2016 St Leger

Chance to win tickets to popular St Leger Festival

The William Hill St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse is a heady mix of top quality racing and a fantastic social scene.

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Competition: Win a back to school pack from Lakeside Village

Competition: Win a back to school pack from Lakeside Village

Sorry to mention it - but the six weeks flies by in a flash and we want to help families get kitted out for going back to school, in style.

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