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Calderdale Countryside Service's Wildside Walks 2013
MWA has organised four walks in May and June as part of Calderdale Countryside Service's Wildside Walks for 2013-2014: From Tom Paine to the Chartists, Walking with Women's Suffrage, The Haunts of the Cragg Vale Coiners, and Visit our Cragg Vale Brewery. Full details on our Walking News page.
MWA Evening Walk with the Marmaladies
Postponed to Thursday 18 April at 7:15 pm at the War Memorial
West Yorkshire WI Summer Ramble with the Marmaladies
Saturday 22 June at 10:30 am at the Methodist Church
Three Summer Buggy Walks and Picnics
with the Marmaladies and Marmites
Thursdays 1, 15 and 29 August at 10:30 am at the Good Shepherd
Full details on our Walking News page.
Walks from the 906 Widdop Bus in 2013
The wonderful 906 bus runs through the glorious upland landscape of the South Pennines, from the National Trust site Hardcastle Crags to Widdop via Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall. The 906 operates at Easter and then every weekend from May to September. More details.
MWA featured in the December 2012 issue of Hebden Matters.
Welcome to Mytholmroyd Walkers' Action
Welcome to the web site of Mytholmroyd Walkers' Action (MWA). We hope you enjoy discovering for yourself the beautiful south Pennines countryside in our area of Yorkshire. We are a community organisation, initially part of Hebden Bridge Walkers' Action, but becoming an independent group in November 2008. We launched our first initiative of three waymarked walks, all setting off from Mytholmroyd station, on September 29th 2007.
We hope you enjoy our web site and the walks described here. Our aims are to:
- Encourage more walkers, walking more.
- Ensure public rights of way and footpaths are kept open.
- Make walking more attractive to a wider range of residents.
- Encourage more visitors to make Mytholmroyd a walkers' destination.
- Encourage more journeys to be undertaken by foot, rather than private car use.
- Work with other partners/providers to promote walking for a healthy lifestyle.
Since its formation in 2007, Mytholmroyd Walkers' Action has:
- Developed three waymarked walks, all starting from Mytholmroyd station.
- Erected two information boards illustrating these circular routes.
- Produced Mytholmroyd: three waymarked walks leaflet for sale at 50p each.
- Become a Walkers are Welcome town.
- Developed a Hughes on the Hills walk for the Ted Hughes' festival.
- Worked with the Elmet Trust, Royd Regeneration, Calderdale Countryside Service, Mytholmroyd Station Partnership, Calder Future, Mytholmroyd Brownies and the Marmaladies.
- Developed short Walk@Work lunchtime routes from Mytholmroyd's major employment centres.
- Worked with Calderdale Countryside Service and Calderdale Highways to help maintain and improve public rights of way and footpaths in the Mytholmroyd area.
MWA has recently been given the following grants to develop local walks for children: Hebden Royd Town Council £500; Cooperative Society Community Fund £500; and Calderdale Council Community Small Grants £380. We also have a pending application for £500 with Calderdale Council for a Rural Development Grant for footpath improvements. MWA members, including a number of children, are currently trying out a range of suitable walks. Once these have been finalised, they will published on our Childrens' Walks page and in a new printed free leaflet. This leaflet will be designed and illustrated by Joanne Poyser, author of the well-known Making Tracks series.
Launched on 7 May 2009, this project recognises Mytholmroyd as a major employment centre with over 2,000 employees based locally in its half dozen industrial and business parks. MWA has been working with local employers, Calderdale Council's Countryside Service and the local Primary Care Trust to develop a range of short walks, setting off from each of the main business parks. Walking for health is a central aim of this initiative, and so all these walks include enough hilly terrain to get you out of breath! You can download the Walk@Work Leaflet for details of the six easy lunchtime walks. Do try them out - they are a great way to enjoy the Mytholmroyd countryside and get healthier at the same time.
A major initiative has been the development of three waymarked routes from Mytholmroyd station. These walks are all circular but vary in length and difficulty. The easiest is to Wood Top, a former weaver's hamlet; the second explores Scout Rock, a well known local landmark; and a longer more difficult walk includes hills and moorland, visiting a famous local standing stone known as Churn Milk Joan. Links to details of these walks are listed on the left. Printed guides to these walks are also available locally (50p each) in shops, cafes and pubs. Large display boards at Mytholmroyd railway station and at St. Michael's church also show clearly the three waymarked walks. A further free leaflet describes a lovely walk down Cragg Vale, beginning with a bus ride up the valley. Major improvements have been carried out to this riverside path, but waymark signs have yet to be provided.
Walkers are Welcome
One of the first initiatives of nearby Hebden Bridge Walkers' Action was an accreditation scheme for towns that welcome walkers. Hebden Bridge, with Mytholmroyd, had the accolade of Britain's first Walkers are Welcome town. Mytholmroyd became a Walkers are Welcome town in its own right in September 2007. You will see Walkers are Welcome Here stickers in Mytholmroyd's pubs, cafes and shops.
Find out more
Full details of what's currently going on are posted on our Walking News page.
Current Officers: Rose Wheeler (chair), Jean Williams (treasurer), Julian Harber (footpaths). Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or if you want to get involved in Mytholmroyd Walkers' Action.