Best Foot Forward - water walk we’ve lined up for you this week

Walking Column - Ryburn Reservoir.
Walking Column - Ryburn 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.

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

This week’s walk comes courtesy of Yorkshire Water and explores the beauty of Ryburn Reservoir.

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

And here is your handy guide to some organised walks coming up across ­Calderdale.

l On Saturday, April 18, Halifax Scientific Society will explore the beautiful native bluebells of Park Wood, Elland.

Scientific Society walks are led by experienced ­naturalists and range from easy to the more strenuous.

Weekend walks meet at 10.30am for a 10.45am start - walkers are advised to take a packed lunch, all weather clothing and strong footwear.

Donations are welcome.

Meeting places and arrangements for walks can be found by phoning 01422 348222, or by text on 07715 005379.

l Another walk on April 18 will delve into the world of rocks and fossils on Todmorden Moor.

Meet Alison Tymon from West Yorkshire Geology Trust for a three-mile walk along the geological trail, looking at the different rocks, old mines and quarries and hopefully finding some fossils.

Walkers are advised to wear waterproofs, good shoes or boots and warm clothing.

A magnifying glass would also be useful to see the fossils clearly.

Meet at 1pm at Sourhall Cottages, Sourhall Road, Todmorden.

For more information, contact the leaders on either 01289 305842 or 07831 637634.

l On Sunday, April 19, meet Linda Croft for a heritage walk around Skircoat Green, Salterhebble and Skircoat Moor.

The walk will take in points of interest from Halifax’s Chartist history and in particular, the life of Benjamin Wilson of Skircoat Green.

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 junction of Skircoat Green Road and Godfrey Road (opposite Murgatroyd Arms).

Admission is £3.

l Meet Mike Barnett on Monday, April 20, for a health walk around Ovenden.

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.

Meet at 1pm at Beechwood Medical Centre, Keighley Road, Ovenden,

Contact the leader on 01422 244302 for further information.

l On Tuesday, April 21, there will be a walk around Wainstalls and Mount Tabor led by CREW (Cardiac Rehabilitation by Exercise and Walking).

The five-mile walk will be led by Brian Birkby - meet at 10am at the Crossroads Inn, Wainstalls.

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 cardiac or circulatory problems.

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