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  1. Pennine Bridleway & The Mary Towneley Loop

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    Pennine Bridleway & The Mary Towneley Loop

    The Pennine Bridleway runs for 205 miles (330km) from Derbyshire to Cumbria. The Bridleway runs roughly paralle...

    The Pennine Bridleway runs for 205 miles (330km) from Derbyshire to Cumbria. The Bridleway runs roughly parallel with the Pennine Way, but offers access for Horse Riders, Cyclists and Walkers.

    The Mary Towneley Loop is a 47 mile section of the Pennine Bridleway with a variety of tracks, looping past Blackshaw Head, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge Todmorden, Walsden where you will encounter open moorland and hidden reservoirs, ancient packhorse tracks sweeping into valleys with gritstone walls, mill chimneys and canals offering a both a glimpse of past histories.

    For more information about walking in Calderdale, please visit our Walking page.

     

  2. The Countryside Code

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    The Countryside Code

    The Countryside Code has been updated, to take into account the new circumstances we face as a result of the COV...

    The Countryside Code has been updated, to take into account the new circumstances we face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Please follow the code so we can all enjoy Calderdale's magnificent countryside responsibly.

    Here's a summary of the Code's key points.

    Respect other people:

    • consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
    • leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available

    Protect the natural environment:

    • leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
    • keep dogs under effective control

    Enjoy the outdoors:

    • plan ahead and be prepared
    • follow advice and local signs

    Please follow the hyperlink below for the full version of the guide.

  3. Walking in Calderdale

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    Walking in Calderdale

    The stunning landscapes of Calderdale offer walks that are suitable for all ages and abilities. There’s n...

    The stunning landscapes of Calderdale offer walks that are suitable for all ages and abilities. There’s no better way to immerse yourself and discover more about this beautiful area than on foot.

    Visit our Walking page for information about guided walks, E Trails, walking guides, easy & family walking and ideas for great walking routes to follow, such as The Calderdale Way, the Pennine Way & Hebden Bridge Loop, Todmorden Centenary Way and great walks at Hardcastle Crags, Ogden Water and more!

  4. Rochdale Canal at Hebden Bridge

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    Rochdale Canal

    The Rochdale Canal runs for 33 miles between Sowerby Bridge in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, all the way to Manchester. It runs through the Upper Cal...
    The Rochdale Canal runs for 33 miles between Sowerby Bridge in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, all the way to Manchester. It runs through the Upper Calder Valley passing Luddendenfoot, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Walsden. The canal is close to train stations at Sowerby Bridge, Mythomroyd, Hebden Brige, Todmorden and Walsden. There is a towpath all the way which makes it a great flat walking route, suitable for buggies. You can walk short sections by using regular local buses to get you to the start and finish of your walk.
  5. Public Toilet Facilities in Calderdale

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    Public Toilet Facilities in Calderdale

    Calderdale Council is extending the opening of some of its public toilets to seven days a week.

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    Calderdale Council is extending the opening of some of its public toilets to seven days a week.

    Since public toilets across Calderdale were closed for safety reasons during the first lockdown in 2020, the Council has been gradually reopening the facilities in line with national guidelines and the safest local approach.

    The Council reopened public toilets in all the borough’s towns in July 2020, followed by a further five toilet blocks in parks in April 2021.

    Now, to meet increased demand, the Council has put additional resources in place to safely extend the opening of some public toilets to include additional days, as follows:

    •           Albion Street, Halifax: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm

    •           Brook Street, Todmorden: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

    •           Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge: Monday to Sunday, 10.30am to 4pm

    •           Centre Vale Park, Todmorden: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

    •           Manor Heath Park, Halifax: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

    •           New Road, Hebden Bridge: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

    •           People’s Park, Halifax: Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

    •           Savile Park, Halifax: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm

    •           Thornton Square, Brighouse: Monday (excluding bank holidays) to Saturday, 10am to 4pm

    •           Town Hall Square, Elland: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm

    •           Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm

    These locations have been chosen as they are all self-contained, individually accessed unisex facilities, which will help to reduce the risk of infection transmission.

    The blocks will be subject to additional cleaning with frequent ‘touch points’ disinfected. Users are asked to help maintain hygiene standards between cleans by following the advice in the increased signage in place in all facilities.

    As always, it’s incredibly important to maintain good hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water before and after use, for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face and follow the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ guidance. Regular checks of facilities will take place to ensure there is sufficient soap available.

    We should all continue to follow the ‘five big things’ to help protect ourselves and others from COVID-19:

    1. Keep our distance and limit mixing with people we don’t live with.
    2. Wear a face covering where necessary, unless medically exempt.
    3. Self-isolate if we test positive or are a contact of someone who has tested positive.
    4. Meet others outside where possible, and if not then let the fresh air in.
    5. Book our vaccine when we are invited by the NHS.

    Unfortunately, it has not been possible to make a small number of toilet blocks COVID-secure, so these remain temporarily closed for safety reasons and the Council is exploring options and funding to remodel them where possible.

    As part of the Future Council Programme, a small number of more remote and / or less used toilet facilities will not reopen under Council management. Instead, they will be made available to other organisations / groups, potentially for them to manage as additional provision. Keep an eye out for more information on this opportunity.

     

     

     

  6. The Calderdale Way

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    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 approx 2,600 metres (over 9,000 feet) at a climb rate of 43 metres per mile. This makes a flat equivalent distance of 57.49 miles.

    On the 'Plan Your Stay' pages on this website you can view accommodations, food & drink and other businesses in Calderdale that are located on, or very close to the Calderdale Way by ticking 'The Calderdale Way' box under the heading 'What Are You Interested In?'

    For more information about walking in Calderdale please visit our Walking page.

    Hot weather leads to 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

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