Calderdale provides a superb landscape for outdoor recreation. The diversity of scenery, across the district, is a main attraction of the area.
Within a very short distance, you can go from the stillness of the lower valleys to the wide-open expanse of the South Pennine Moors.
As well as walking, the area has a number of nationally recognised climbing areas and chief among these are Heptonstall Quarry, Widdop and Woodhouse Scarr.
There are many old pack horse trails across the hills. Many of these are designated as bridleways and provide opportunities for both mountain biking and horse riding alike. The Pennine Bridleway National Trail, including the Mary Towneley Loop , also passes through the area.
There are a number of promoted routes within Calderdale, including the Calderdale Way, Todmorden Centenary Way and the Brighouse Boundary Walk. Pennine Way the premier National Trail also passes through the district. In September the district forms part of the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival , which offers a variety of opportunities to explore the wider South Pennines countryside.
Calderdale Countryside Services provides an annual programme of Guided walks. The majority of these walks are aimed at people who are new to walking and are run with the aim of helping to introduce people to the countryside and to increase their knowledge and confidence in using the countryside. Route suggestions in Calderdale can also be accessed through South Pennines walk cycle ride
Many of the walks are designated as Health Walks and form part of the Council’s wider Healthy Living Campaign, whilst a number of these walks are also designed for access by disabled people.
Calderdale Countryside Services, working in conjunction with Rights of Way and Highway Services, are responsible for the introduction and management of new Open Access rights under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 .