Take a spring walk for a good cause with this week’s walking column

Ravenscliffe High School, Halifax, students Maha, year 8, head teacher Martin Moorman, Darwin, year 8 and Millie, year 9
Ravenscliffe High School, Halifax, students Maha, year 8, head teacher Martin Moorman, Darwin, year 8 and Millie, year 9

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

Take in the towpaths as this week’s walk explores the popular canals of Calderdale in the name of a good cause.

Calderdale’s only special high school is calling on the community to take part in a sponsored walk to help equip its new £2.5m sixth form and community centre in Halifax.

People across the borough are being called upon to take part in the Spring Walk for Spring Hall - a community campaign to help raise £500k to equip Ravenscliffe High School’s new sixth form centre at nearby Spring Hall.

On April 26, walkers are being asked to trek five miles along the Calder and Hebble Navigation from Brighouse’s Waterfront Hotel, Huddersfield Road, to Copley Cricket Club, Copley, where participants are invited, from 4pm, for food and drinks.

Alternatively, you can begin the walk at Hebden Bridge and follow the towpath trail at the side of the Rochdale Canal to Copley.

The walking weekend also involves two Todmorden brothers with cerebral palsy, Nathan Greenwood, 12 and Andrew Greenwood, 13.

Nathan, a pupil at Ravenscliffe High, and Andrew, a pupil at Ryburn Valley High School, Sowerby, will be rope lifted to the viewing platform of Stoodley Pike, Todmorden, in an aspirational Aim Higher challenge.

Walkers who finish off at Copley Cricket Club will get to watch a video link of the brothers’ challenge.

Ravenscliffe head teacher Martin Moorman, said: “Spring Walk for Spring Hall is a great opportunity for the wider Calderdale community to show their practical support for the Ravenscliffe@SpringHall project.”

If you would like to get involved, but can’t make the date, hold your own walk anytime and donate the money raised to www.virginmoneygiving.com/bigwalkingweekend.