MS Yorkshire three peaks challenge are organising a Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on Sunday the 26th of June and we are looking for walking groups join us. Many MS sufferers who volunteer with us are from Yorkshire and we thought this would be a wonderful way for others to get involved and show their support. This link shows you more information about the challenge:

Hebden Bridge Wadsworth Boundary Walk Sunday 12th June.

This years Boundary walk is in aid of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team who are celebrating their 50th Birthday.  The full walk is 21 miles through some spectacular countryside.

Teen Team Challenge
For this year only, there is a chance for teams of six young persons from school year 9 through to the age of 21 inclusive, to do a short walk (circa 8 miles) and to complete a number of challenges incorporating Search and Rescue skills including navigation, rope work and casualty handling (organised by Search and Rescue). Details of Teen Team Challenge are on their website.

Register for the full & short walk

Update for Jan/Feb 2016

The Valley Life walking columns which started in the Autumn have been well received with text and images coming in on time. there is a plan for up to the summer when we will review whether the column continues.

Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre was flooded out on Boxing day. Thanks to the pop up stall we put together for Todmorden Light Night we were able to provide the visitor centre with a pop up stall with a set of publications.

We are working on a conference to bring all the walking grouops together in May to see where it makes sense to cooperate.

We are currently working on a new three walks leaflet, all centred on walking up to places in the Parish of Wadsworth.

Walkers are Welcome AGM Shropshire 8th November 2015

Thirty eight people representing 22 towns.

Many had a similar structure to Hebden Bridge Walkers Action, a group of committed volunteers, with an e mail list of interested people. Some had a representative of the local council on their committee.

There seemed to be limited involvement from the local council tourism department. However there are now 117 towns in the Walkers are Welcome network, with new towns joining all the time so the gathering might not be fully representative of the whole network.

Many groups have published local walking guides and introductions to their areas. A lot of publications are given away, funded wholly by the local council or, in some cases, funded by fund raising activities.  Some groups have struggled to find outlets to sell publications. Some council tourist information centres no longer have the facility to take payments. Let’s hope Hebden tourist information doesn’t go that way.

Otley, Burley in Wharfedale and Baildon groups have combined together to develop a 28 mile ‘Welcome Way’ that goes through their towns and surrounding villages. They hope to have the publication ready by the Spring.  Worth a thought for the Upper Calder Valley maybe.

Barry Southwell from the Ramblers Charitable Trust, an offshoot of Ramblers Holidays Worldwide explained to everyone that they had grants available to help walking groups such as ourselves.

Kate Ashbrook opened the short AGM in the afternoon with a talk about the importance of ensuring that all the paths in your area are on the definitive map or there is an application in to register them.

If there is an outstanding application that has not been processed they will not be extinguished in 2026, the deadline for all applications. She felt however that every area needed to start doing their research now. She also encouraged people to join the Ramblers path watch scheme.

The reduction in Rights of Way department staff was common throughout the country but she encouraged everyone to continue to register footpath problems with them, using court action if necessary.  Wales is attempting to get around the problem by trying to designate large areas as open country. However the aim in this case seems to be to reduce the need to maintain the rights of way network. She felt this should be resisted because our footpaths are our heritage.

The WaW national organisation is now a Community Interest company, registered with the Charity commission. This status has taken a lot of committee time to achieve. Nevertheless it is a thriving organisation with some financial security although they are hoping to use the majority of the surplus funds to match fund for a part time administrator to relieve the burden on the volunteer committee.

Mo Ludlam, secretary HBWA

New Pennine Way loop launched

The Pennine Way was launched on April 24th 1965 so it is 50 years old this year. In 1965, Tom Stephenson, the route designer could not see any point in people coming though Hebden Bridge, because there were little of no facilities for walkers. Proposals were also afoot to pull down Heptonstall

Clearly the situation has changed with Hebden Bridge being the first ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town and being a known centre for walking, the fact it doesn’t come through Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall now looks quite perverse.

The original idea for the proposal to develop link path came from Dave Brooks from Hebden Bridge Hostel and has been developed in partnership with Hebden Bridge Walkers Action

To guide people along the route we have to put up over 100 waymarks. If you would like to sponsor a waymark you can just text CROW42£5 to 70070 (no additional cost).

The launch

The launch walk of the route starts at Hebden Bridge railway station at 10.40 am.

The walk, on good tracks and paths is in four stages and you can join or leave us at any stage:

  1.  A 5km walk up to Kilnshaw Lane, below Stoodley Pike and then back down the Pennine Way towards the Calder Valley, turning off onto the Hebden Bridge Loop (also Pennine Bridleway at this stage) to Horsehold and down into Hebden Bridge and the town centre.
  1. After a 45 minute break for lunch (and to look at the exhibition of photos in Crown Street) we set off for a 1km walk up to Heptonstall via Hell Hole Rocks.
  1. We then walk 2km mainly on packhorse paths from Heptonstall to Hebble Hole – rejoining the Pennine Way.
  1. From Hebble Hole, it is a 10 minute walk to the New Delight for more refreshments and music. We aim to be there about 4pm. Buses from the New delight back to the station run hourly at 35 past the hour.

Entertainment on the way 

  • There will be a running quiz about Hebden Bridge, the Pennine Way and 1965
  • At Hebden Bridge, Calder Valley Voices will perform some new songs for us
  • On Crown Street, there will be a exhibition of photographs of Hebden Bridge in 1965
  • There will be a performance of the famous Pace Egg play at Heptonstall
  • The Peace Artistes will lead us out of Heptonstall and will perform later at the New Delight