Best Foot Forward - explore Widdop and Gorple reservoirs

Widdop Reservoir
Widdop Reservoir

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 comes courtesy of Yorkshire Water and explores the Widdop and Gorple reservoirs.

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

Here is your handy guide to organised walks coming up in Calderdale:

n On Saturday, May 16, meet David Austin for a five-mile circular walk which will visit Hove Edge, Southowram and Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve via little used footpaths. Don’t forget to take your binoculars.

Meeting point and time: 10.30am outside the Red Rooster pub, Elland Road, Brighouse. Contact the leader on 07790480058 for more information.

n On Sunday, May 17, a Calderdale Heritage walk will explore King Cross and Queen’s road, looking at the industrial, housing, transport and education expansion here from 1850 to WWI and further changes which came in the following 60 years. Heritage walks are generally two hours of easy walking and are suitable for accompanied children over the age of 13. No need to book, just turn up and pay on the day (£3 admission).

Meeting point and time: 2.15pm by King Cross old churchyard (opposite the William IV pub).

n There will also be an eight-mile, moderate walk around Cragg Vale on Sunday.

Contact Judy Gannon on 01422 823491 for more information. Meeting point and time: 10.30am at Withens Clough reservoir car park.

n Get the week off to a good start with a health walk around Ovenden on Monday, May 18.

Routes vary depending on the ability of those taking part, but are between one and four miles long and often visit Beechwood Park and Shroggs Park.

Meeting point and time: 1pm at Beechwood Medical Centre, Keighley Road, Ovenden.

n On Tuesday, May 19, CREW (Cardiac Rehabilitation by Exercise and Walking) has organised a five-mile walk around Norland Moor.

Meeting point and time: 10am at Spring Rock Inn, Norland.

CREW is a local cardiac support charity offering exercise classes, educational sessions, a weekly four to five mile walk and social events for people with cardiacand circulatory problems.

Membership is free and details can be found on the website

n There will also be a Best Foot Forward walk on Tuesday at Shibden with Breast Cancer Care.

Best Food Forward walks are free, low impact, volunteer led local walks lasting between 30 minutes and an hour.

They provide a supportive and sociable environment for people who have been affetced by breast cancer, including family and friends. There is no need to register, just turn up on the day and a walk leader will be there to welcome you.

For further details phone phone 0345 0771893, e-mail

Meeting point and time: 10.45am for an 11am start at the bottom car park near the Mereside Cafe, Shibden Estate.

n On Wednesday, May 20, meet Chris Sutcliffe and members of the Friends of St Matthews Churchyard to learn about nocturnal wildlife and see some bats.

Meeting point and time: 9pm at the base of the tower opposite the Sun Inn, Lightcliffe. Insect repellent recommended.

n On Thursday, May 21, join Tim Eaton-Walker from Calderdale Bird Conservation Group and Hugh Firman, Conservation Officer, for a two-hour moorland walk. The walk will look for birds including Twite, Peregrine and Merlin.

Donations welcomed to Calderdale Bird Conservation Group. Meeting point and time: 7.15pm at Derby Delph Quarry.