News 2012 and earlier

New path from Hebden to to Hardcastle Craggs (June 2012)

This is a long standing issue HBWA has done work on in the past. We have now identified a possible source of funding, so are consulting interested parties to see whether they are interested in forming a consortium to make a bid.

The future of Calderdale Countryside Service (June 2012)

At the end of May Calderdale Council called a meeting of staff, volunteers and oter interested groups to discuss future priorities and issue. The session was very well attended and in July we expect to have sight of any proposals that emerge from the meeting.

The future of Calderdale Countryside Service (April 2012)

Rumours abound, first that it was to be abolished, then it was reprieved, then it was to be handed over to another organisation, then Amey were going to do all the work. The current news from the volunteers is

  • The budget for 2012-3 is the same as last year
  • £1500 has been allocated to upgrading the worst bits of the Calderdale way
  • No decision has been made about the long term future (wait until after the election perhaps?)

New season of Calderdale Heritage walks (April 2012)

Walks for 2012 have just been published. There are leaflets in Toursist Information Centres and other outlets or you can download the details from the Calderdale Heritage Walks website.

Pennine Horizon E-Trails (April 2012)

Following the two pilot e-Trails done in 2010, Pennine Horizons have funding to produce a dozen more. Agreed topics so far are Cragg Valley, yeomans Housing in Barkisland and Norland, Geology, Trees, The Fielden family. If anyone is interested in helping develop new E-trails, contact Pennine Horizons.

National Trail in Hebden Bridge (March 2012)

We all know that the Pennine Way passes through close to Hebden bridge, but did you know that there are a number of National Trails off the Pennine Way? One of them is the Hebden Bridge Round – a 12km circular walk.

On line Ordinance Survey (March 2012)

You can access OS maps for Calderdale on Calderdale Council’s website. There is the facility for zooming in on a particular area. If you have a smart phone bookmark the site in case you get lost!

Gentle walking (March 2012)

Hebden Bridge Walkers Action’s Gentle Walking leaflet rapidly went out of print. We have now got a reprint under way (thank you to the town council for grant support for this).

Two more walk leaflets (Feb 2012)

These are for a walk in the Cragg Vale valley and the footpaths in Eaves Wood, Mytholm. These are available from Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre and other local outlets.

Our three waymarked trails from Hebden Bridge are proving popular. Two maps/information boards have been erected, at Hebden Bridge station and in the centre of Hebden Bridge. Each waymarked walk is featured on this website. A guide is also available (price 50p) from the Tourist Information Centre, Book Case, Mountain Wild and Alternative Technology Centre Green Shop.


The Stepping Out photographic project run by HB Walkers’ Action in 2007 resulted in a fantastic photomosaic of over 800 photographs, the bulk of which are now on display on this website.. A news report is available on the HB community website. Full details of the project are on this website.

The Walkers are Welcome initiative in Hebden Bridge has won Hebden Bridge Walkers’ Action the 2007 Award from the Action for Market Town for the best project demonstrating partnership and strategic development in Yorkshire, and we were pleased to welcome members of the Market Towns Initiative to Hebden Bridge in April 2008. Press coverage.

Calderdale MBC have recently produced their Rights of Way Improvement Plan. Our own Submission made in response to their original draft Plan is also available.

We highlighted in Spring 2007 the case of the much-loved paths in Eaves Wood, in the Colden valley near Hebden Bridge, which although walked by the public for generations were not legal rights of way. We are now battling with Calderdale MBC to include them on the definitive map. We have a leaflet about Eaves Wood now out.

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We have worked with HB Local History Society to produce a new Town Trail booklet for Hebden Bridge. This is now out and available locally.

Another HB Walkers’ Action initiative has been the new marketing leaflet, Get out for a walk in Hebden Bridge! 25,000 copies of the leaflet have been distributed in the Yorkshire and Lancashire areas.

A full report of our Walkers’ Day event on Sunday February 18th 2007 which marked the launch of Hebden Bridge as Britain’s first Walkers are Welcometown remains available on this website.

Our thanks to…

We’re delighted to acknowledge the support of Hebden Royd Town Council, who have endorsed the initiative as well as making a significant grant available towards the initial costs. We’re also very pleased to be able to announce that Erringden Parish Council, Heptonstall Parish Council and Blackshaw Parish Council have also endorsed the initiative, and are making financial support available. The waymarking initiatives have been funded by Calderdale MBC, and we are very grateful for the support of Calderdale’s officers in this work.

We have also had considerable support from the local business community. We particularly want to thank Mountain Wild, the locally run outdoor equipment shop in Crown Street, for their generous support in becoming our first Business Patron. We also acknowledge gratefully the support of our Key Business Sponsors, the Albert Inn, Innovation, the Fox and Goose Inn, Mytholm House B&B, and of our Business Sponsors Organic House/Rubyshoesday, Stubbing Wharf pub, The Bookcase, P Mamtora opticians, Riverdene House B&B, The Shoulder of Mutton pub. We also acknowledge donations from Higher Clough Foot Barn self-catering, Badger Fields Farm B&B.

The Rambers has made a generous donation towards the development of the Walkers are Welcomeinitiative. The Ramblers’ West Riding area has also give financial support.

The Stepping Out photographic project, and a follow-up Stepping Out – All Yar Round! initiative, were funded from Awards for All (Big Lottery Fund).

Media reports on our work

Recent press coverage includes a lengthy news report in TGO (The Great Outdoors), in walk magazine, and widespread reporting in both the Halifax Courier and the Hebden Bridge Times. Articles available on-line include the following:

Halifax Courier, 19th June 2007, New Walking Group for Community

Halifax Courier, 19th February 2007, Town is first in UK to be officially ‘walker friendly’

Halifax Courier, 12th January 2007, Hebden Bridge is hosting a walkers’ festival

Halifax Courier, 12th October 2006, It’s a walking first for Hebden

Halifax Courier, 13th September 2006, We’ll keep a welcome in the dale

Hebden Bridge Times, 24th September 2007 New routes launched

Hebden Bridge Times, 3rd July 2007, More than 600 photographs of steps

Hebden Bridge Times, 28th June 2007 Walking status wins award

Hebden Bridge Times, 11 June 2007 Three new routes widen access

Hebden Bridge Times, 14th June 2007, Three new routes widen access

Hebden Bridge Times, 8th March 2007, We’ve more footpaths than anyone

Hebden Bridge Times, 22nd February 2007 Ramblers celebrate

Hebden Bridge Times, 11th January 2007, Festival celebrates walking milestone

Hebden Bridge Times, 12th October 2006, National First for Local Walks

Hebden Bridge Times, 24th August 2006, Help us make walkers welcome, says action group