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  1. Big Butterfly Count

    Brighouse

    Big Butterfly Count

    7th Jul 2019

    Join Andrew Cockroft from Halifax Scientific Society to count how many butterflies are to be found at Cromwell Bottom with the chance to meet the E...
    Join Andrew Cockroft from Halifax Scientific Society to count how many butterflies are to be found at Cromwell Bottom with the chance to meet the Essex Skipper, a recent arrival in Calderdale. Meet by the Cromwell Bottom cabin HD6 2RG (short walk from car park) at 10.30. Walk covers around 3 miles. Bring lunch. Dogs welcome if kept on a lead. 8+ (No unaccompanied children) Free but donations welcome to Halifax Scientific Society
  2. The Hebden Bridge Loop on the Pennine Way

    Hebden Bridge

    The Hebden Bridge Loop

    To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action has created a waymarked route to Hebden Bridge and back to t...
    To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action has created a waymarked route to Hebden Bridge and back to the Pennine Way via the ancient village of Heptonstall. A superb route to enjoy walking in Calderdale.
  3. Hali-Facts Trail front page

    Halifax

    Hali-Facts Heritage Discovery Trail

    This Heritage Discovery Trail has been designed for children and families, but will be enjoyed by people of all ages. It will take you on a walking...
    This Heritage Discovery Trail has been designed for children and families, but will be enjoyed by people of all ages. It will take you on a walking tour around Halifax town centre, asking you to use your detective skills of observation, thinking, note-taking and sketching as you go. You can complete the Discovery Trail in a way that suits you. It can be done in ‘bite-size’ chunks over several visits or if you are feeling brave and have a lot of energy, you can try it all in one go! Many of the tasks can be completed by looking at the outsides of the buildings but sometimes, you will be invited to pop indoors to have a search around. Please check the opening times for each building that allows this – details are on their websites which are listed throughout the booklet. As far as is reasonably practicable, each building on this Discovery Trail provides a standard of access for disabled people equal to that enjoyed by the rest of the public.
  4. Stoodley Pike Monument

    Todmorden

    Stoodley Pike Monument

    The 121 foot (37 m) high Stoodley Pike Monument dominates the skyline above Todmorden, sitting atop Stoodley Pike, a 1,300-foot (400 m) hill The...

    The 121 foot (37 m) high Stoodley Pike Monument dominates the skyline above Todmorden, sitting atop Stoodley Pike, a 1,300-foot (400 m) hill The monument was designed in 1854 by local architect James Green, and completed in 1856 at the end of the Crimean War.

    The monument replaced an earlier structure, commemorating the defeat of Napoleon and the surrender of Paris. It was completed in 1815, after the Battle of Waterloo, but collapsed in 1854 after decades of weathering and a lightning strike.

    You can only reach the Pike on foot, as there is no vehicular or bicycle access to the monument. Stoodley Pike is accessible by well-defined Right of Way footpaths. The Pennine Way also passes Stoodley Pike. There are many walking routes to the Pike from Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. Walking guides to all these routes available from local Visitor Centres and the Heart of the Pennines online shop.

    Stoodley Pike Monument contains a spiral staircase of 39 steps, accessed from its north side. If you visit, please be aware that several of the internal steps are in darkness, so it’s useful to have a torch to light your way, as there are no windows. The entrance to the balcony is on the Monument’s west face, some 40 feet above ground level. The views are well worth the walk and the climb!

  5. Calderdale Heritage Walk: Dobroyd Castle

    Todmorden

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Dobroyd Castle

    28th Jul 2019

    By kind permission of the owners, this afternoon walk goes to, around and inside the striking ‘Brass Castle’ built above Todmorden by John Fielden ...
    By kind permission of the owners, this afternoon walk goes to, around and inside the striking ‘Brass Castle’ built above Todmorden by John Fielden in 1869. It includes the house, walled garden and stable block with details of their history and the family. Timing and meeting point details are issued with the tickets. The Guide is Anne Mealia. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL and it will not be possible to just turn up on the day. This walk is £4 per head. Booking opens on Monday 17 June. Pre-booking via Halifax Visitor Information Centre in The Piece Hall. You can book in person, by phone on 01422 368725 (fee for card transactions & a P&P fee), or by post to: Halifax Visitor Information Centre, The Piece hall, Halifax, HX1 1RE with full payment and a reply paid envelope (cheques to 'Calderdale MBC'). Please specify the day and a.m. or p.m. preference. Details and directions are sent out with the tickets. This walk is 1½ miles, part on woodland paths and strong shoes are advised. Ticket-holders should meet the Guide in Todmorden at 2.15pm (full details supplied with tickets) for a ½ mile walk up the wooded hillside to the Castle – strong shoes advised. Access to the Castle by car is difficult but if you need to go by car, route information will be supplied when booking. Those arriving by car should meet the Guide at the Castle door at 2.45 pm.
  6. Calderdale Heritage Walk: Outlaws & Nuns

    Brighouse

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Outlaws & Nuns

    Starting 29th Jun 2019
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    These walks are on the private Kirklees Estate at Clifton, by kind permission of the owners. They include the former Nunnery site, Gate House, 15t...
    These walks are on the private Kirklees Estate at Clifton, by kind permission of the owners. They include the former Nunnery site, Gate House, 15th to 18th century farm buildings and ‘Robin Hood’s Grave’. PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. It will not be possible to just turn up on the day! These walks are £5 per head. Booking opens on 8th May Pre-booking via Halifax Visitor Information Centre in The Piece Hall. You can book in person, by phone on 01422 368725 (fee for card transactions & a P&P fee), or by post to: Halifax Visitor Information Centre, The Piece hall, Halifax, HX1 1RE with full payment and a reply paid envelope (cheques to 'Calderdale MBC'). Please specify the day and a.m. or p.m. preference. Details and directions are sent out with the tickets. The Guides are Margaret & David Nortcliffe. The walk is 1½ miles, partly on woodland paths and strong shoes are advised. There will be several walks over the 2 days. PLease be advised that there are no buese to the Estate on Sundays.
  7. Ogden Water Practical Day

    Halifax

    Ogden Water Practical Day

    Starting 28th Jun 2019
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    Help with the ongoing management and new projects designed to look after the wildlife and infrastructure of this Local Nature Reserve. Meet Chr...
    Help with the ongoing management and new projects designed to look after the wildlife and infrastructure of this Local Nature Reserve. Meet Chris Sutcliffe at Ogden Water. Session runs 9.45am - 3pm. Please contact 07769 954956 for more details. Bring a packed lunch. No dogs allowed (with the exception of guide and hearing dogs). Please wear old clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Suitable for ages 16+. FREE
  8. Ascents of Wainhouse Tower

    Halifax

    Ascents of Wainhouse Tower

    26th Aug 2019

    Climb the 403 steps of the internal spiral staircase to take in the fantastic views from this fabulously ornate 77 metre (253 foot) high Victorian ...
    Climb the 403 steps of the internal spiral staircase to take in the fantastic views from this fabulously ornate 77 metre (253 foot) high Victorian chimney! Opening Times: Wainhouse Tower is open from 11am to 4pm (last ascent 3.30pm) on the following dates in 2019: Easter Monday April 22nd May Day Monday May 6th Spring Bank Monday May 27th August Bank Monday August 26th Adult £3 Children & Adult Passport to Leisure Holders (PPL) £2.50 Child PPL £2 Family ticket ( 2 Adult & 2 Children ) £10
  9. Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre

    Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre is situated on the scenic moors of Wadsworth above Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. The 50-mile Calderdale Way walk...
    Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre is situated on the scenic moors of Wadsworth above Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. The 50-mile Calderdale Way walking route passes right by our centre. Our Riding School offers horse riding hacks in which you can take in fantastic views - in just 15 minutes you can feel like you are on the top of the world! Visit us for the best in Yorkshire riding.
  10. Halifax Ski & Snowboard Centre

    Halifax

    Halifax Ski & Snowboard Centre

    For over 25 years, Halifax Ski & Snowboard Centre has nestled in the hills above Halifax, West Yorkshire. Anyone can learn to Ski or Snowboard a...
    For over 25 years, Halifax Ski & Snowboard Centre has nestled in the hills above Halifax, West Yorkshire. Anyone can learn to Ski or Snowboard and as one of the UK’s premier ski and snowboarding Centres, we pride ourselves in helping you to learn to the highest possible standard. There are two options. The first is to start with a group taster session to see if you like it or not? If you get the bug, we then have a 6 hour course that runs for three weeks to get you up and running and will get you snowploughing down the slopes. The second option is private lessons. These are tailored to your individual needs; you have your own instructor and the timing of the lessons is more flexible. All lessons include your skis and boots, so all you have to bring with you are gloves and appropriate clothing for the weather.
  11. The Calderdale Way

    Across Calderdale

    The Calderdale Way

    A superb way to go walking in Calderdale - The Calderdale Way is a 50 mile (80 km) walk exploring the...

    A superb way to go walking in Calderdale - The Calderdale Way is a 50 mile (80 km) walk exploring the hills, moors and valleys of Calderdale that recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

    It is an ‘up and down’ journey with few level sections. However, the higher levels provide some exceptionally fine panoramic views. The main and link routes to the valley bottom are designed so that they can be completed in short stages.

    The Calderdale Way encircles Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, following old packhorse ways across the open gritstone hillsides with sections of traditional stone causeway, passing through hillside villages and old mill towns on the banks of the River Calder.

    There are numerous link paths which connect the Calderdale Way to the valley floor. There are medieval settlements at Lumbutts and Mankinholes, and Withens Gate, where the Pennine Way crosses. A short diversion along the Pennine Way takes in the popular walk to the 100ft monument, Stoodley Pike.

    The full length of the route is 51.39 miles, with a total climb of 22 metres at a climb rate of 43 metres per mile. This makes a flat equivalent distance of 57.49 miles.

    The long period of hot weather has meant there is an increased risk of moorland fires in Calderdale. Please take care when out and about in moorlands around Calderdale and West Yorkshire. You can find more advice here. The burning of moorland is not a victimless crime. If you see anything suspicious report it to crimestoppers 0800 555111. #moorlandfires @WestYorksPolice @West_Yorks_FRS

  12. Willow Valley Golf

    Brighouse

    Willow Valley Golf

    Willow Valley Golf - Yorkshire's largest golfing venue. Boasting three course and 48 holes.
    Willow Valley Golf - Yorkshire's largest golfing venue. Boasting three course and 48 holes.
  13. Great Rock Mountain Bike Skills & Trips

    Hebden Bridge

    Great Rock Mountain Bike Skills & Trips

    Improve your mountain biking skills and enjoy guided riding at great European locations with Great Rock Mountain Biking!
    Improve your mountain biking skills and enjoy guided riding at great European locations with Great Rock Mountain Biking!
  14. Cycle Calderdale

    Across Calderdale

    Cycle Calderdale

    The Calderdale Cycle Hub has been set up by cycling groups and organisations who wish to promote all things cycling in the Calderdale area. On t...
    The Calderdale Cycle Hub has been set up by cycling groups and organisations who wish to promote all things cycling in the Calderdale area. On the website you will find the latest information on cycling events in the area and downloadable trails and maps.
  15. Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre

    Sowerby Bridge

    Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre

    Sowerby we offer a wide range of state of the art Technogym equipment, designed with the Wellness system to motivate, encourage and simplify your t...
    Sowerby we offer a wide range of state of the art Technogym equipment, designed with the Wellness system to motivate, encourage and simplify your training. Our swimming pool is great for both recreational and fitness purposes. Having both shallow and a deep end it makes it accessible for young, old, able bodied and disabled customers alike to use our pools. Our exercise studios have semi-sprung floors and air conditioning and are the perfect place to lose weight, tone up, get healthy and have fun.With so many enjoyable exercise classes on offer, you'll be spoilt for choice.
  16. Bike Libraries & Banks in Calderdale

    Across Calderdale

    Bike Libraries & Banks in Calderdale

    Following the success of Tour de France, Welcome to Yorkshire, supported by Yorkshire Bank; have helped local communities set up bike banks to a...

    Following the success of Tour de France, Welcome to Yorkshire, supported by Yorkshire Bank; have helped local communities set up bike banks to allow free bike hire.

    Used bikes are donated for free and then reconditioned and hired out, allowing children and adults to learn to ride, get fit or just enjoy their natural environment on a bike.

    Calderdale has two bike banks located at:

    The Active Calderdale Library at Halifax is open 10am -1pm on the first Saturday of each month and run by West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service in collaboration with Calderdale Council.To book a bike and for enquiries (including donating a bike) please email bikelibrary@calderdale.gov.uk

    Bikes are also available for hire from:

    The Bicycle Den – along the Rochdale canal towpath in Hebden Bridge

    We Cycle offers electric bike hire to help tackle Calderdale’s hills. These fantastic sturdy bikes help to tackle the steeper inclines of the area and four sites have now been confirmed as hubs for the electric bike scheme. Pairs of bikes are available at:

    • The New Delight Inn, Blackshaw Head
    • The Hare & Hounds Inn, Lane Ends
    • The Cross Inn, Heptonstall

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