Work up a thirst - and quench it - with this week’s walking column

Calderdale Ramblers setting off from Shibden Park
Calderdale Ramblers setting off from Shibden Park

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

This week’s walk, courtesy of Courier reader Sean ­Liquorish, explores the area around ­Halifax’s landmark Beacon Hill.

The route takes in several pubs, so there’s plenty of opportunity for refreshment breaks.

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

And here is a selection of organised walks coming up across Calderdale:

Explore Todmorden, Illingworth and Ovenden with three walks organised by The South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on Monday, March 2.

Meet outside Illingworth Moor Methodist Church, Keighley Road for an easy, 30-minute walk. Refreshments will be available after.

At 11am, meet at the main entrance of Todmorden Market for an easy 60-minute slow walk.

And at 1pm, enjoy a walk around Ovenden.

Meet outside Ovenden Beechwood medical centre, Keighley Road for 60 to 90 minute walk.

On Tuesday, March 3 there will be a Best Foot Forward Walk from Elland with Breast Cancer Care.

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 have 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


There will be some inclines and walkers are asked not to bring their dogs.

CREW (Cardiac Rehabilitation by Exercise and Walking) will discover Greetland and North Dean Wood with a four mile walk on Tuesday, March 10.

Walkers will meet at the car park opposite Andy Thornton’s, Greetland.

CREW is a Calderdale registered charity, affiliated to the British Heart Foundation - it offers exercise classes, weekly walks, training sessions, excursions and social events to improve the quality of life expectancy for people who have had or are at risk of a cardiac event.

For more information, visit