Walkers in canal trek for charity cash

Rotary Club Calder Charity Walk. Pictured is
Rotary Club Calder Charity Walk. Pictured is

Keen walkers enjoyed scenic tours along the canal while raising cash for charity.

Organised by members of The Rotary Club of Halifax Calder the annual Walks for All event was hailed yet another success.

There was three walks to choose from, a two, five and ten miles route as well as one dedicated for wheelchair users which was two miles long with marshalls along the way to help in difficult spots.

The two mile walk included walking through North Dean Woods towards West Vale and back to Copley Cricket Club where all the walks started.

The five mile walk went to Norland Moor and past Ryburn Golf Club to Pickwood Scar and back to Copley.

For the more adventurous there was the ten mile walk which went through Norland Moor on to Ripponden Bank Top through Ripponden Woods and on to Mill Bank before returning via Norland Town to Copley. Peter Harrison, chair of the Rotary International committee said that there was a disused railway line that people could walk down which was fascinating.

Organisers said they had 15 walkers who had ventured out on Sunday morning to enjoy the crisp morning air and that luckily the weather had been on their side.

Mr Harrison said: “We have been asking people to get sponsorship some of the wheelchair users have got an awful lot of sponsorship. This will then be split between Rotary International charity and one of their choice. Every last penny is supporting charities.”

The walks have been running for the past six years, although the number of people taking part this year was slightly disappointing. “It was intended to appeal to anybody that wanted to do a walk and do a bit of exercise and raise money for their chosen charity,” he said.

“The International charity helps with charities abroad such as Polio Plus, Water aid and Sand dams.”

The Rotary Club of Halifax Calder has also stepped in to provide smoke alarms and home fire safety checks free of charge.