Put your best foot forward with our new walking column

Sue Mardell, pictured on this week's walk
Sue Mardell, pictured on this week's walk

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 was submitted by Courier reader and keen rambler Sue Mardell, of Savile Park, Halifax.

The walk explores the quiet paths of Warley, Luddenden and Booth and Sue hopes that the walk will allow others to enjoy the varied wildlife, natural beauty and fantastic views to the full.

Sue said: “It is all out there waiting for you and is much more enjoyable than punishing yourself on a ‘step machine’ in a gym.

“We are also very lucky to have a good network of local transport to take us to and from the start and finish of walks.”

Sue has walked extensively both in this country and abroad - she recently returned from a trek in the Solo-Khumbu region of Nepal.

“The paths and tracks of Calderdale were an excellent training ground to build up my stamina and fitness before the trip” she said.

“It does not matter where in Calderdale you live. There are paths, fields, streams, moors and tracks close by to be explored.”

You will find a route and map for this walk on page 38-39 of this week’s Courier.

Walks Diary

The South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has three walks coming up.

On Monday, February 16, meet at Illingworth Moor Methodist Church, Keighley Road, at 10.45am for an easy 30-minute walk. Refreshments will be available after.

Meet outside the main entrance of Todmorden Market at 11am for an easy, 60-minute walk on Monday, February 16.

New walkers are asked to arrive 15 minutes early.

From 1pm there will be a 60 to 90 minute walk around Ovenden, which will begin at the Beechwood Medical Centre.

The walk is graded ‘moderate’ and has some inclines.

Dogs are prohibited.

On Tuesday, February 17, put your best foot forward in Shibden with Breast Cancer Care.

Meet at 10.45am at the bottom car park, near Mereside Cafe, at the Shibden Estate.

Best Foot 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’ve been affected by breast cancer - including family and friends.

There is no need to register, people can turn up on the day and a walk leader will be there to welcome them.

For further details phone 0345 0771893 or e-mail bestfootforward@breastcancercare.org.uk.

CREW (Cardiac Rehabilitation by Exercise and Walking) has a five-mile walk around Thornton Moor and Ogden planned for February 17. Meet at 10am at the Dog and Gun pub, Leeming.

CREW is a Calderdale registered charity, affiliated to the British Heart Foundation - they run exercise classes, weekly walks, training sessions, excursions and social events. For details, call Tony Gregson on 07594 363859 or visit crewheartsupport.co.uk.