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Information on The Calderdale Way

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  • The Calderdale Way
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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 celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2024.

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.

Visit Calderdale is encouraging walkers to tackle ’50 miles for 50 years’ in celebration of Calderdale’s 50th Birthday in 2024, by walking the Calderdale Way all in one go. This itinerary breaks down the route into 5 sections, highlighting points of interest along the route, and providing information on where to stay, and places to eat and drink along the way. Unlike some long distance walking trails, there is an abundance of facilities along the route, so you won’t be short of places to enjoy a good meal, and rest your head, at the end of a long day!

On the ‘See & Do’ page on this website you can also view attractions and food & drink businesses in Calderdale that are located on, or very close to, the Calderdale Way by ticking ‘The Calderdale Way’ box located under the heading ‘Interests’‘.

If you are planning on walking the Calderdale Way, the Heart of the Pennines provide comprehensive information to help navigate the route. Also, local cartographer, Chris Goddard, has created an annotated map and instructions for undertaking the walk, which can be bought via his website. It includes detailed notes on public transport, parking, refreshments along the route. There is also a wealth of information and sketches about local history, wildlife and folklore.

For general information on 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.