Here is your handy guide to organised walks coming up across Calderdale. On Saturday, April 25, meet Steve Blacksmith from Halifax Scientific Society for a chance to see Little Owls and native daffodils.
The three-and-a-half mile walk takes around four hours to complete and walkers are advised to take their own binoculars if possible.
Meet at 10.30am by Ripponden Bowling Green, Mill Fold, Ripponden. There will also be a chance to explore the Packhorse Trail from Blackshawhead to Heptonstall on the 25th.
The two-mile walk begins at 12.35pm at Blackshawhead Methodist Chapel and ends in Heptonstall. There will be a £3 charge and for details contact Katie@pennine-horizons.co.uk. Saturday will also see the launch of the Hebden Bridge Loop on the Pennine Way.
The launch of the route starts at Hebden Bridge station from 10.35am.
The walk, on good tracks and paths, is in five stages and walkers are welcome to leave or join at any stage,
For details visit www. hbwalkersaction.org.uk/ pennine-way A heritage walk focusing on votes for women will also be held in Hebden Bridge on Saturday.
Meet Jill Liddington to follow in the footsteps of Lavena Saltonstall, visiting the homes of Hebden Bridge suffragettes, the fustian clothing factories where they worked and the square where Emmeline Pankhurst addressed a vast crowd in 1907. This is a three-hour walk and includes some hillside paths. The paths may be muddy so appropriate footwear is advisable.
Meet at Hebden Bridge station at 2.15pm. There will be a charge of £3. On Sunday, April 26, explore the radical history around Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.
The Todmorden walk will look at sites associated with the early radical social movements including Chartism and the Anti-Poor Law Movement, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Upper Calder Valley.
The eight-mile walk starts at 10am from Tomdorden station and will cost £3.
The Hebden Bridge walk will explore sites associated with movements including co-operatives, trade unions and women’s rights and begins at 1.30pm from Hebden Bridge station. The four-mile walk will cost £3.
For more information about both walks, contact Katie@pennine-horizons.co.uk Or meet Anne Kirker in Ripponden on the 26th to delve into Ripponden’s past with a heritage walk.
The “Big Cs” walk will explore Ripponden’s history since medieval times and will look at Church, catastrophe, cotton, conflict, co-operation, child labour and more.
Heritage walks are generally two hours of fairly easy walking and are suitable for accompanied children over the age of thirteen. No need to book, just turn up and pay on the day.
Meet at 2.15pm at Ripponden Parish Church. There will be a £3 charge, On Monday, April 27, there will be three health walks organised by the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Meet at Illingworth Moor Methodist Church, Keighley Road, for an easy 30-minute walk. The walk is not buggy friendly and walkers are asked to not bring dogs.
There will be an easy, 60- minute, flat and slow walk around Todmorden from 11am. Meet at the main entrance of Todmorden Market.
And at 1pm there will be a moderate 90-minute walk around llingworth.
Meet outside Keighley Road Surgery - this walk is not pram friendly and walkers are asked not to bring their dogs. And on Tuesday, April 28, CREW (Cardiac Rehabilitation by Exercise and Walking) has organised a four-and-a-half mile walk around Shelf.
The walk will be led by Bernard Collins and walkers are ased to meet at 10am at the Bottomley Arms, Shelf.
CREW is a local cardiac support charity offering exercise classes, educational sessions, a weekly four to five mile walk and social events for people with cardiac or circulatory problems.
For details visit www. crewheartsupport.co.uk or www.heartbeat.uk.com.