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Mytholmroyd Walkers' Action meeting
Our first walk of the year will be on Saturday 27th April 2019. Please join us at 11am at the Mytholmroyd War Memorial where you can join us for an MWA guided walk from the Making Tracks in Mytholmroyd booklet. The first walk will be suitable for children, buggies and is an easy walk of no more than one hour.
Please join us on one of our monthly walks on the last Saturday of the month from April to September 2019, dates as follows:
Saturday April 27th 2019 11am – Easy walk - Silver Birch Walk
Saturday May 25th 2019 11am – Easy to moderate walk depending on walking ability - Wood Top from the leaflet
Saturday June 29th 2019 11am – Churn Milk Joan
Saturday July 27th 2019 11am – Easy walk, TBC
Saturday August 31st 2019 11am – Moderate walk, TBC
Saturday September 28th 2019 11am – Difficult walk, TBC
We want to include walkers from all age groups with different walking ability, and as walking is free having proven physical and mental health benefits, we would like to welcome you to join us on our guided walks.
The monthly walks have been classed into easy, moderate and difficult so they are suitable for all. We will put the events up on social media and MWA information boards at the station and around the village, so look out for the exciting news updates on the Facebook group and page with further information.
Recent Activities and Photo Gallery
MWA were invited along to have an information stand at the International Women’s Day event in Luddendenfoot in March 2019. The day had an emphasis on women’s good health and wellbeing, including meditation sessions, massages and reflexology, with a book stall and refreshments. MWA met lots of interested walkers and other groups discussing the benefits of walking and what the MWA group plans are over the next few months.
Our recent walks
Memory Walk – in aid of the Alzheimers Society (September 2018)
MWA reprinted the Three walks leaflet in 2015, now for sale at local outlets and the tourist information centre for 75P. In January 2017, MWA printed a new leaflet: Four walks to Stoodley Pike, with a detailed map and description for each walk, together with a return walk to Mytholmroyd. Waymark signs have also been nailed up on each route to guide you.
The leaflet also includes a brief history of the Stoodley Pike peace monument and is available at all outlets for £1.
Previous Children's Walks
10:30am Saturday 26 October 2013 - The Woodland Walk
Meet at the war memorial. Steep in places - one and a half miles (children's pace - about 2 hours).
10:30am Saturday 9 November 2013 - The Nature Walk
(exploring our local nature reserve, Broadhead Clough)
Meet at the entrance to the nature reserve - finish at 12 noon. From Mytholmroyd, either bus or drive to Dauber Bridge. From there allow about 20 minutes (children's pace) to walk up to the nature reserve, following the acorn waymark signs. Alternatively, join MWA at 9:45 am setting off from the Good Shepherd.
10:30am Saturday 23 November 2013 - The Bee Boles Walk
Meet at the war memorial. Steep in places - just over 2 miles (children's pace - 2 to 3 hours).
All walks can be muddy in places so wear wellies or suitable shoes. Bring water and snacks. None of these walks are suitable for buggies. We will organise more buggy walks in the spring. No booking required, but if you have any questions about these walks, send a message via Facebook or the Contact Us links above.
Broadhead Clough Grassland Fungi Walk
11:00am - 2:00pm
Friday 25 October 2013
Off Cragg Road, Mytholmroyd HX7 5RT
Grid Reference SE 001 250
The meadows at Broadhead Clough nature reserve have many old records of grassland fungi. We expect to see a good display of waxcaps, and may also find fiary clubs, pink gills and earth tongues. No fungi experience necessary. Organised by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
Families Enjoy Woodland Walk on 22 September 2013
Families with children of different ages enjoyed the Woodland Walk on 22 September as part of the Reet Royd celebrations. The improved canal towpath means a number of Making Tracks in Mytholmroyd walks (see below) will be more fun and certainly less muddy. This includes the walk to and from Brearley along the towpath for both the Bee Boles and Silver Birch Walks, and along the towpath to Redacre for the Woodland Walk.
Making Tracks booklet launched on 23 July 2013
Mytholmroyd Walkers' Action are pleased to announce the launch of the Making Tracks in Mytholmroyd booklet that includes six beautiful walks, a quiz and countryside information for young minds. We handed out a share of the booklets at Milly's Cafe on Tuesday 23rd July.
Look out for the booklets in the coming weeks, as we will be providing Mytholmroyd primary schools, playgroups and children's clubs with them to give to children, to encourage them to enjoy and learn about the countryside.
Thanks go to Hebden Royd Town Council, the Co-operative Society, Calderdale Council (both its Community Small Grants and Rural Development Grants), Calderdale Council's Countryside Service, its Countryside volunteers, its Rights of Way team, and the artist, Jo Poyser, whose illustrations for children's walks inspired us to carry out this project.
You can purchase your own copy of Making Tracks in Mytholmroyd for £1.50 in several local Mytholmroyd shops. Alternatively, you can order and pay for a copy via PayPal by clicking the Buy Now button on the right. The price is £1.50 (including postage).
Widdop 906 Bus Walks
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.
Following discussions with our friends at Hebden Bridge Walkers Action (HBWA), Metro has agreed to run the service again in 2013, in the hope that there will be an increased number of passengers after promotion by HBWA (and MWA).
The 906 provides a great way of accessing short woodland walks in Hardcastle Crags and longer linear walks across the moors.
HBWA, working with the National Trust and Metro has produced a Route Guide, with twelve walks aimed at first time walkers or experienced hikers. Each walk is described and graded so people can see if it suits their ability. The Route Guide is available from Hebden Bridge and Todmorden Visitor centres price £1.50 and on the 906 bus.
As a bonus, walkers presenting their 906 bus ticket at the Weaving Shed café at Hardcastle Crags will be entitled to a free hot drink.
MWA featured in the December 2012 issue of Hebden Matters.
Past Walks and Events
Walks for Children and Mums in August 2013
Three walks with picnic stops for children of all ages and suitable for buggies. Meet at Mytholmroyd Station by the walking sign next to the platform for Manchester:
10:30 am Thursday 1 August - The Gnome House Walk
A walk up to Wood Top, with beautiful views across the valley. A picnic spot in a secret meadow. With gnome story-telling!
10:30 am Thursday 15 August - The Silver Birch Walk
A walk to Brearley and back along the canal - with a picnic in the playground.
10:30 am Thursday 29 August - Woodland Walk into Broadhead Clough
A walk up to Mytholmroyd's best-kept secret - a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve. Enjoy a picnic in the nature reserve.
Allow up to 3 hours for all walks including picnicking. There will be a picnic spot on all three walks - so come prepared with snacks and drinks. Watch the weather! Bring waterproofs and/or suncream.
PLUS two evening walks for Mums - same meeting point:
7:30 - 9:00 pm Tuesday 20 August and Tuesday 27 August
Join these walks to find out more about the fungi and trees around Mytholmroyd!
Walks with the Marmaladies
West Yorkshire WI Summer Ramble with the Marmaladies
Saturday 22 June at 10:30 am at the Methodist Church
Three consecutive walks of 3, 5 and 8 miles led by MWA. Refreshments will be served at 10:30 in the back hall, with all walks setting off at about 11:00 am. Wear strong shoes particularly for the longer walk. Be prepared for some hill climbs!
MWA Evening Walk with the Marmaladies
Thursday 18 April at 7:15 pm at the War Memorial
A walk of about one hour before it gets dark, ending up at a Mytholmroyd pub for an optional drink to finish off the evening. Wear strong shoes or wellies, and a warm jacket (even if the day has been warm).
Calderdale Countryside Service's Wildside Walks 2013
MWA has organised four walks as part of Calderdale Countryside Service's Wildside Walks for 2013-2014.
Two walks exploring Upper Calder Valley's radical history:
From Tom Paine to the Chartists
Saturday 11 May at 11:00 am
Meet Julian Harber for a 7 mile walk, visiting key sites linked to local radicalism 1790-1850. The walk ends at the Dusty Miller in Mytholmroyd for a radical tea (small charge).
Walking with Women's Suffrage
Saturday 18 May at 11:00 am
Meet Jill Liddington for a 7 mile walk in the footsteps of suffragette Lavena Saltonstall. The walk ends at the Dusty Miller in Mytholmroyd for a suffrage tea (small charge).
Visit Cragg Vale - before the rest of the world does:
The Haunts of the Cragg Vale Coiners
Saturday 8 June at 11:00 am
Meet Julian Harber for a 7 mile walk, passing about half-a-dozen Coiners' houses dotting the Cragg Vale hillside. Includes two steep climbs.
Visit our Cragg Vale Brewery
Friday 14 June at 11:00 am
Meet Jill Liddington for a 5.5 mile saunter up the hillside. Includes a visit to the Little Valley Brewery for a tasting session. Bus back down to Mytholmroyd, carrying your purchases.
All walks are free and meet at Mytholmroyd Station (Manchester platform). They are organized by Mytholmroyd Walkers' Action in partnership with Calderdale Council.
Wildside Walk to Cragg Vale Brewery
Friday 28 September 2012 at 11:30 am
Meet Jill Liddington from MWA on the Manchester platform at Mytholmroyd Station for a 6 mile walk up to Spa Bridge, crossing Paper Mill Bridge, and then enjoy the glorious views over a picnic lunch (please bring your own). Includes a visit to Little Valley Brewery for a tasting session. Bus back to Mytholmroyd (don't forget to bring fare).
Two walks with picnic stops for children of all ages
Meet at Mytholmroyd Station by the walkers' display board next to the platform to Manchester. Suitable for buggies.
Woodland Walk into Broadhead Clough (with the Marmaladies)
Thursday 30 August 2012 at 10:30 am
A walk up to Mytholmroyd's best-kept secret - a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve. A picnic spot just above the nature reserve with fabulous views.
The Gnome House Walk and Picnic (with the Marmaladies)
Thursday 16 August 2012 at 10:30 am
A delightful walk up to Wood Top, with beautiful views across the valley. A picnic spot in a secret meadow near a stream. With Gnomes, and Gnome story-telling!
Allow up to 3 hours for these two walks including picnicking. There will be a lovely picnic spot - so come prepared with snacks and drinks. Watch the weather! Bring waterproofs and/or suncream.
A walk to Owlers with the Marmaladies
Wednesday 8 August 2012 at 7:30 pm
Meet at the war memorial in Mytholmroyd for a two hour walk, along the canal to Brearley then via Foster Clough and Raw Lane to Owlers for refreshments before returning through Redacre woods to Mytholmroyd.
The Gnome House Children's Walk - Family and Buggy Friendly
Saturday 7 July 2012 at 11:00 am
We shall be walking one of the loops that is family and buggy friendly from Mytholmroyd to Hebden Bridge and back. The walk will take in the beautiful views across the valley and we will picnic in a secret spot in a meadow. Weather permitting we can visit a small clearing suitable for the older children to play and paddle in a small stream (all by very kind permission of the landowner).
Meet at Mytholmroyd Station by the walking sign next to the platform to Manchester. Bring snacks, drinks and waterproofs/sun cream depending on the weather!
MWA/Marmaladies Evening Walk
Wednesday 20 June 2012 at 7:30 pm
Meet at Mytholmroyd Station - platform to Manchester. Walk to Mytholmroyd's local nature reserve at Broadhead Clough, ending with a drink at the Robin Hood.
Walking on the Wildside 2012 to Broadhead Clough
About a dozen people "Walked on the Wildside" to Broadhead Clough on 12th May 2012. Walkers spent around an hour in the reserve and here are their highlights on a sunny Spring day.
Walking along the stone path we spotted a tiny common frog (3cm) hopping between the cobbles. This one was green but they can be brown, or even yellow and red. Overhead the jay was "laughing", the curlew's plaintive call came down from the moors and the chatter of tits and blackbirds' whistles showed that it was a busy day for eating, building and breeding.
The walkers passed through bluebells, and bilberries whose pink flowers bode well for good berries later in the year. The buckler ferns are all unfurling their fronds now: the smaller "hard" ferns along the edge of the steps are at their best. The nuisance fern of this family, bracken, is still very low but we will soon have to battle with its energy as it sends up fronds up to 6 feet high in places. Dancing above the plants were the common Peacock butterflies and at the two lower entrances to the reserve in the damper wooded areas we spotted a male "Orange Tip" which is much smaller and only seen in Spring. Our work cutting and raking the reeds out of the meadows will encourage more of these flowers to grow. Finally it was explained why we leave the old wood in piles to provide shelter for small mammals and birds and food for the various beetles.
Calderdale Countryside Service's Wildside Walks 2012
MWA has organised four walks as part of Calderdale Countryside Service's Wildside Walks for 2012-2013. They are:
Cragg Vale Brewery
Meet Jill Liddington from MWA on the Manchester platform at Mytholmroyd Station at 11:30 for a 6 mile walk up to Spa Bridge, crossing Paper Mill Bridge, and then enjoy the glorious views over a picnic lunch (bring your own). Includes a visit to Little Valley Brewery for a tasting session. Bus back to Mytholmroyd (bring fare).
Right: Paper Mill Bridge - traversed on the Cragg Vale Brewery walk.
Saturday 19 May
The Haunts of the Cragg Vale Coiners
Meet Julian Harber from Mytholmroyd Walkers Action on the Manchester platform on Mytholmroyd Station at 11:00 for a 7 mile walk passing the houses of about half a dozen of the Coiners, which are dotted either side of the Cragg Vale hillside. Route includes two steep climbs and stretch of muddy path on the tops, but amazing views.
Right: The vista looking up Cragg Vale.
Saturday 12 May
The Magic of Broadhead Clough
Meet Julian Harber from Mytholmroyd Walkers Action on the Manchester platform at Mytholmroyd Station at 13:00 for a 5 mile walk to Broadhead Clough Nature Reserve, which is run by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Suitable for families with children aged 7+. Please bring your own snacks.
Right: The Nature Reserve sits in a sheltered wooded valley, and is a mecca for families with young children.
MWA Walks at South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival 2011
MWA included two walks as part of the South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival during 10-25 September 2011.
The Magic of Broadhead Clough
On Sunday 12th June 2011, two dozen people from across Calderdale joined Mytholmroyd Walkers' Action's walk up into Broadhead Clough. This enchanting Nature Reserve is run by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Starting from Mytholmroyd station, the route climbed up from Dauber Bridge into Cragg Vale. The walk was led by Julian Harber, MWA footpaths officer, with Mick Chatham, experienced Countryside expert.
'Broadhead was designated a wildlife reserve in 1981', said Julian Harber. 'Since then, thanks to fencing to keep out sheep and cattle, biodiversity has flourished. For virtually all the walkers, the Nature Reserve was a brand new experience, and it was wonderful to introduce everyone to this protected woodland. The almost continuous birdsong was a real treat for us all to hear'.
Youngest walker was Luca Powell from Pye Nest, who came with parents Andrew Powell and Linda Tweedle. 'My favourite was going across the stepping-stones bridge and feeding the ducks. Up in Broadhead I liked seeing the cotton plants and chewing the grasses. I looked out for snakes - but we didn't see any at all.'
Walkers climb up the footpath from Dauber Bridge towards Broadhead Clough (click images for a larger view).
Julian Harber with our group of walkers at the entrance to Broadhead Clough Nature Reserve.
Luca Powell feeding the ducks, with parents Andrew Powell and Linda Tweedle, at the stepping-stones footbridge, Mytholmroyd.
Calderdale Countryside Service's Wildside Walks 2011
MWA has organised four walks as part of Calderdale Countryside Service's Wildside Walks for 2011-2012. They are:
Friday 3 June - Visit our Local Brewery - 6 miles, up Cragg Vale.
Saturday 4 June - Walking with Women's Suffrage - 8 miles, round Upper Calder Valley.
Sunday 12 June - The Magic of Broadhead Clough - 5 miles.
Saturday 2 July - The Haunts of the Cragg Vale Coiners - 7 miles.
For more details see Calderdale Council's Guided Walks for June 2011.
South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival 2010
The South Pennines fourth Walk and Ride Festival was another great event in the UK outdoor's 2010 calendar, and MWA organised four walks in the Mytholmroyd area.
New Walk@Work Information Boards Erected in Mytholmroyd
Rachel Parkinson of Fix Lifestyles helped sponsor the newest Walk@Work information board, recently erected at Mytholmroyd Community Centre. 'I'm delighted to encourage more people to enjoy walking in the glorious countryside around Mytholmroyd', said Rachel. Her company which has been based in Cragg Vale for three years offers personal training and, with Thornber Properties, sponsored this new Walk@Work board.
Two other boards have also gone up recently, one by the Catholic Church on New Road, and the other at the steps on Mytholmroyd station, both sponsored by the Community Foundation for Calderdale.
These three new information boards are the final jigsaw piece slotted into the Walk@Work project run by Mytholmroyd Walkers' Action (MWA). During the last 12 months MWA has distributed 4,000 free Walk@Work leaflets, both to local businesses and employees and through community outlets such as Mytholmroyd health centre. 'The take-up of these free leaflets has been so popular', said MWA secretary Jill Liddington, 'that we now plan to reprint'.
Left to right: Rose Wheeler (MWA chair), Rachel Parkinson (Fix Lifestyles), David Wilson (Countryside Officer), Jean Williams (MWA treasurer) - at entrance to Mytholmroyd Community Centre on Tuesday 1 June. David Wilson has just moved from Ogden Water to become Area Countryside Officer for the Upper Valley, based in the Countryside Office, Mytholmroyd.
MWA Bulbs Blooming for Spring 2010
The first photograph shows the bench on Heights Road in 2009 looking exceedingly derelict and neglected. The second image was taken by Jill Liddington on 4 April 2010, showing the refurbished bench and the daffodils that were planted by MWA volunteers last autumn (see below). Thanks to Hebden Royd Town Council (HRTC) for funding of benches and bulbs, and to Mick Chatham and Countryside Services for refurbishing the benches.
MWA Plant Bulbs for Next Spring
On Sunday morning 4 October 2009, Mytholmroyd Walkers' Action planted bulbs donated by Hebden Royd Town Council (HRTC). Town Councillor Jade Smith presented the bulbs to MWA members at the garden in front of Mytholmroyd Library. The bulbs, one sack of daffodils and another of dwarf narcissi, are part of HRTC's spring flowers initiative, coordinated by Jason Boom (HRTC's Environmental Community Warden).
Jill Liddington (MWA secretary), Councillor Jade Smith, Jean Williams (MWA treasurer) and Julian Harber (member). Photograph: Mick Piggott (member)
Jean Williams and Mick Piggott planted clumps of bulbs in the wood that is on MWA's Stubb Clough Walk@Work route. "The flowers along the stream will look pretty good when they come up next spring", said Jean.
Julian Harber and Jill Liddington planted bulbs along MWA's Scout Rock and Churn Milk Joan routes, publicised in the group's original Three Waymarked Walks leaflet. "It was hard work digging the holes up there" said Julian, "but it was well worth it".
Julian Harber kneeling to plant bulbs by Brearley Lane (Church Milk Joan route).
Walk@Work Lunchtime Walk
On Friday 12 June 2009, Hebden Royd's new Mayor, John Beacroft-Mitchell, presented bottles of fruit juice to walkers at the start of their Walk@Work lunchtime walk.
The walkers were sponsored by Mumtaz Ventures, and the event was organised by Mytholmroyd Walkers' Action. 16 walkers took part, including eight from the nearby law firm, Sweet and Maxwell.
Walkers gather outside Mumtaz Ventures, Orchard Business Park, Mytholmroyd. Front row: far left, Rose Wheeler (MWA chair); centre, John Beacroft-Mitchell (Mayor of Hebden Royd); right, Julie Lord (Sweet and Maxwell Facilities Manager); far right, Jean Williams (MWA treasurer). Back row: left and centre: Sweet and Maxwell employees; right, Mick Piggott and Julian Harber (MWA members).
Walkers check the map at the end of the 30 minute walk up into Cragg Vale, having returned by Top Land Country Business Park. Left to right: MWA member Julian Harber, Sweet and Maxwell employees and Julie Lord (Sweet and Maxwell Facilities Manager).
MWA Launches Walk@Work Initiative
On Thursday evening 7th May 2009, 30 people enjoyed Mumtaz curries at the launch of the Walk@Work initiative by Mytholmroyd Walkers' Action. 4,000 copies of MWA's new Walk@Work leaflets will now be distributed to everyone working locally and will be available in the local community centre, library and shops. MWA has also designed a brand new website www.mytholmroydwalkers.org which also went live on Thursday.
Speakers at the launch were Pam Warhurst, director of Natural England and chair of the Upper Calder Valley 'Walkers are Welcome' Advisory Board who said walking was key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle - but far from being worthy was actually great fun.
Chris Bingham, director of Aspire Technology selling software to IT companies and based at Dean Hey Country Business Park, said every single visitor to their Mytholmroyd offices marvelled at how beautiful was the situation, surrounded by glorious Cragg Vale countryside. 'I am delighted to share this Walk@Work initiative with all our 75 employees here'.
Photo left to right: Pam Warhurst, Mick Chatham, Jill Liddington, Rose Wheeler, Jean Williams (MWA treasurer) and Chris Bingham.
Jill Liddington, MWA secretary, explained that the Walk@Work initiative had started exactly a year ago. 'Initially we'd organized waymarked routes up to Churn Milk Joan and up Scout Rock. But now we wanted to focus on "access to walking" - for everyone working in Mytholmroyd. No one knew exactly how many people were employed locally, but our guesstimate is over 2,000. We decided on six short lunchtime routes, and over the winter worked closely with the Calderdale Rights of Way team on improvements to make these six walks accessible and safe. Mick Chatham and his Countryside volunteers have put up new stiles and done drainage work so that these six lovely routes can now be enjoyed by everyone'.
The launch was chaired by Rose Wheeler, MWA chair, and delicious curries were donated by Bill Kimberling, Commercial Director of Mumtaz Ventures, one of Mytholomroyd's newest and most innovative businesses.
Enjoying Mumtaz curries at the Walk@Work launch, left to right: Bill Kimberling, Mumtaz commercial director; Rose Wheeler, chair of MWA; Mick Chatham, Countryside Services, who is based in Mytholmroyd; Stuart Green, Mumtaz chef; and Chris Bingham, director of Aspire, Cragg Vale.