An Introduction easy walking

Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd are great centres for walking, but many people think that because our towns are set in the deep Calder valley, you have to be very fit to walk round here. NOT TRUE, there are plenty of walks that anyone can do.

Don’t think that easy walks are just about walking in the valley bottom. With the aid of local buses, you can enjoy easy walks on the tops to take in the wonderful views (or the atmospheric low cloud if you are unlucky!)

AND IT KEEPS YOU HEALTHY. Walking is an excellent way to help you stay healthy and gain pleasure from your surroundings. Doctors advise that walking helps protect your body from illnesses and health problems, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, osteoarthritis and the most common type of diabetes. It is also a great way to fight depression and relieve stress.

The good news is that almost everyone can do it, at any time, for free! Walking needs no special equipment or clothes apart from a decent pair of shoes (although many people swear by walking poles which help with balance and stiff joints). Most of the walks can be done with a buggy, but only the town trail and the Doddnaze walk are 100% suitable for wheel chairs.

A woodland path close to the centre of Hebden Bridge

A woodland path close to the centre of Hebden Bridge

Different grades of easy walking

To help you decide whether it’s the right way for your ability, we have developed a standard format for grading each walk. We welcome comments on this approach.

Length and time
The length of each walk is measured in kilometres and miles. The time is based on 1 mile an hour. This may seem slow, but it includes stopping and looking at views, short rests and tea breaks, but it does not include optional long lunches at the Stubbing Wharf Hotel!

Gradients
This is about how strenuous the walk is (none of the walks involve long steep inclines). The terms used describe the overall gradient – for example, a mainly flat canal walk or a few gentle inclines. There may also be some specifics – for example, ‘a short slope over a canal bridge’.

Terrain
This describes how uneven the walk is and the walking surface for example, ‘some pavement and some well maintained woodland paths’. We also indicate whether the surface may be more difficult after rain.

Obstacles
This describes anything which may be difficult for people with restricted mobility – for example stiles and steps etc

Facilities
These include things like pubs and cafes, toilets and linking bus services.

Points of interest
These highlight points of historical or other interest which you might pass by without noticing.

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