HEBDEN BRIDGE WALKERS ACTION
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Shift.ms 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:
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.
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 wa;lking up to places in the Parish of Wadsworth.
Walkers are Welcome
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.
Mo Ludlam, secretary HBWA
Launch of Haworth - Hebden Bridge walks route guideThe booklet came out in May, but because of the May elections we have only just got round to doing a public launch.
Councillors from Haworth, Oxenhope & Hebden Royd launch the route guide
Japanese visitors come to Hebden Bridge
the Bank holiday weekend two Japanese visitors came to meet members of
Hebden Bridge Walkers action and members to Tod Walkers. Professor Yuko
Shioji from the Dept of International Tourism, Hannan University came
with Professor Tatsuya Suzuki, Vice Director, Satoyama Research centre
Kyoto. Yuko is researching footpaths and social and cultural recreation
Suzuki is particularly interested in the law in relation to land access and footpaths. Earlier in the month four of them came to England, visiting the Walkers are Welcome towns of Ross on Wye, Chepstow and Winchcombe. Professors Keiji Maegawa and Yukari Kubo returned to spend a short time in London before they all flew home, but Yuko and Suzuki headed north because they were anxious to see the first Walkers are Welcome town and the first long distance footpath in England.
Suzy Hesselden, one of our members, met them and took them around areas of interest in Hebden. They stayed at Laurel End Guest house where Laura, the landlady gave them a great welcome. The following day they spent the morning in Todmorden with Tod walkers learning about the imminent establishment of Todmorden as a Walkers are Welcome town. They also looked at the Incredible Edible project sites. After lunch at Mo Ludlam’s house with several HBWA members they were taken on to the moors to look at Access land and hear from Bruce Cutts, Natural England about the ongoing project, mapping access to England’s coastline. They also learnt about the CROWS act 2000 (Countryside and Rights of Way Act) whereby the public were finally able to gain access to Open country in England.
Monday, Ian Vickridge our Vice Chair and Bob Deacon took them on the
Hebden Bridge Loop on the Pennine Way. They were both really pleased to
see and experience part of the Pennine Way, the first long distance
footpath in England, and talk about the development of the Loop path
that opened in April 2015.
In Japan they are anxious to encourage the development of footpaths and walking routes to regenerate the rural economy. Most of the population of Japan now live in urban areas whilst the country areas decay. Both Yuko and Suzuki see their experiences in England relevant to their research in Japan and the development of more footpaths there. Lets hope their visit will encourage other Japanese visitors to come to Hebden. Lots seem to go to Howarth but rarely seem to venture over the hill. Our new booklet – Howarth to Hebden Bridge and Back might help too.
Mo Ludlam, September 2015
Mo Ludlam with Professor Yuko Shioji and Professor Tatsuya Suzuki
Launch of Pennine Horizons e-Trails March 28-9
Four new e-trails are due to be launched this weekend. They will be led walks, but with access to the downloads. For more details of the launch see the Pennine Horizons website
Wadsworth Parish Boundary Walk
Once again the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge is organising the Wadsworth Parish Boundary Walk on Sunday 31st May. As usual, they will be raising money for local charities and good causes. Full details of their recent charitable donations and how to enter can be found on their website.
A group in Todmorden has set up Todwalkers to promote walking in the town. They are currently working on a seies of walks from buses and later in the year will be considering promoting Todmorden as a Walkers are Welcome town. They have a website which is being populated at present.
Update on Pennine Way Loop
Work has started on the upgrades for the loop and half the waymarking has been completed. We will be distributing a leaflet about the launch on April 25th at our meeting on March 10th. The main promotion leaflet will be distributed to accommodation providers up and down the Pennine Way by the end of March. There is already a good presence on the web. more details on the Pennine Way page.
16 UP THE CREEK - Please sponsor
From 23rd – 27th May 16 people are
canoeing down the river Thames over 5 days to raise money in aid of Calder
Valley Search and Rescue team.
The challenge is equivalent to a marathon a day for 5 days.
Please sponsor us. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/16upthecreek
Details at www.gullsedge.co.uk
Two Overgate Hospice walking events
Raise money for
the Hospice by taking part in our 3 mile walk around Ogden Waters. Sunday 22nd
March, meeting at the
A family walk
in aid of Overgate Hospice. Face painters, teddy bear quiz, refreshments and
Baby Ballet bear Twinkle. Join us on Sunday 22th March any time 10:30am -
12:30pm for a stroll around Ogden Reservoir with your favorite teddy bear.
Adults £3.50 and under 16's £1.50 before the day registration. Also on the
same day is our 3 mile
Launch of Hebden Bridge Loop on the Pennine Way
Hebden Bridge Walkers Action with Hebden Bridge Hostel plan to bring the Pennine Way to Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall on Aprl 25th its 50th anniversary. More details about what's involved and progress are on our Pennine Way page.
If you would like to sponsor a waymark you can just text CROW42£5 to 70070 (no additional cost)
2015 is already looking like a busy year
We have three initiatives on the way
- Haworth - Hebden Bridge walking leaflet due to be published in March
- Hebden Bridge loop on the Pennine way - launch due on April 25th - see Pennine Way page for details
- Todmorden bus walks and Walkers are welcome - working with a group of walkers in Todmorden
Details to follow