Explore Calderdale’s beautiful scenery with our new walking column

Walk from Ogden Water. Dry stone wall demonstration area.
Walk from Ogden Water. Dry stone wall demonstration area.

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

What better way to get fit than taking in the splendour of our beautiful countryside on a scenic walk?

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

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 comes courtesy of Calderdale Council’s Countryside Service and explores the beauty of Ogden Water.

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

Once a month on a Tuesday morning, Breast Cancer Care guided walks take place in the picturesque surroundings of Shibden Park.

Walk leader, Roger Logue, said: “The walks, which are led by volunteers, are ideal for women at whatever stage in their diagnosis of breast cancer, whatever their level of fitness and whatever their age.

“No one should feel that this is not for them.

“The walks normally last between 45 and 60 minutes and follow the paths in and around the park which make them pedestrian friendly and traffic free.

“The pleasant surroundings with a mixture of mainly flat or gently inclined pathsoffer a choice of routes so that walks can be tailored or modified as necessary.

“For this particular walk, no expensive or special equipment is necessary.

“Sensible, comfortable footwear and clothing appropriate to the weather is all that is required.

“The women who have regularly taken part have not only welcomed the opportunity to build activity into their lives, but unanimously value the chance to socialise, chat, share experiences with other women whether whilst on the walks or afterwards in the pleasant surroundings of the cafe adjacent to the boating lake.”

The next walk at Shibden Park will take place on March 17.

Meet at 10.45am for an 11am start.

For more information please visit www.breastcancercare/bestfootforward, email bestfootforward@breastcancercare.org.uk or phone: 01142 636491.

And here is your handy guide to other organised walks coming up in Calderdale.

Explore Illingworth on Monday, March 9, with two walks held by the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Meet at Illingworth Moor Methodist Church, Keighley Road, for an easy 30-minute short walk. Refreshments will be available following the walk.

Or if you would like a longer walk, meet at 1pm outside Keighley Road surgery for a moderate 90-minute walk. It is advised that prams are not brought on this walk and dogs are prohibited.

Calderdale Ramblers have organised two “Tops above Portsmouth” walks for Sunday, March 15.

The four-mile walks will be of moderate difficulty and will begin at 10.30am and 13.30pm.

Meet at Station Road, Portsmouth.

The walk will be led by Richard Jackson (01706 812 045/07769 034 038)