Best Foot Forward - explore the moorlands and valleys of Calderdale

Lumb Falls in the Crimsworth Valley
Lumb Falls in the Crimsworth Valley

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

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

And as National Walking Month is now underway, 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 share it.

Please send the details, ­directions and photographs of your favourite walking routes in Calderdale via email to

This week’s walk explores the moorlands and valleys of upper Calderdale and visits some impressive reservoirs in remote and picturesque locations.

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

Here is your handy guide to organised walks coming up across Calderdale.

n On Saturday, May 9, join the Calderdale Ramblers for a seven-and-a-half-mile “Step into History” walk.

Meet David Austin at Halifax railway station at 10.30am. The route will take in Southowram, Cromwell Bottom, Salterhebble and other spots along the way.

Contact David on 07790 480058 for more information.

n On Sunday, May 10, there will be a heritage walk exploring Clifton’s history.

Meet Margaret Sharp for a stroll around this ancient settlement. Learn about a ‘lost’ pub, an 18th century school, coal mines, churches and a murder.

Heritage walks are generally 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 2.15pm by the War Memorial on Towngate, Clifton.

There will be a charge of £3.

n Also on Sunday, there will be another walk with the Calderdale Ramblers.

Meet Diane Hall for a leisurely four-mile ‘Dam it all’ walk.

Meet at 2pm at Slitheroe Bridge, Rishworth.

Contact Diane Hall on 01422 823440 for more information.

n On Tuesday, May 12, there will be a walk around Shibden, led by CREW (Cardiac Rehabilitation through Exercise and Walking).

Join the group for a four-and-half mile walk. Meet at 10am at the Stump Cross Inn.

nAlso on Tuesday, there will be a “Fields and Farmhouse” walk.

Meet Chris Sutcliffe at Bridlestile, Shelf Hall Park, for a five-mile walk taking in fields, farms and some of the older houses and homesteads of the eastern district.

nAnd on Thursday, May 14, there will be a “Two Reservoirs” walk led by the Calderdale Ramblers.

Join Mick Chatham for this five-and-a-half mile, moderate walk.

Meet at Baitings Reservoir car park at 6.30pm.