Calderdale offers a superb landscape for outdoor recreation. Across the district, the diverse scenery is a main attraction of the area. In a short distance, you can move from still 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, like:
There are many old 'pack horse trails' across the hills. Many of these are are 'bridleways' and offer the chance for mountain biking and horse riding alike. The Pennine Bridleway National Trail, including the Mary Towneley Loop also passes through the area.
We have a number of promoted routes in the area, such as:
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 . This offers many chances to explore the wider South Pennines countryside.
Calderdale Countryside Services offers an annual programme of Guided walks . Most are for people new to walking. They are run to help get people to the countryside. Also, to increase their knowledge and confidence in using the countryside. For suggested routes in Calderdale, visit: South Pennines walk cycle ride .
Many of the walks are classed as 'health walks' and are part of the Council’s wider Better Living campaign. A number of these walks are also designed for access by disabled people.
Calderdale Countryside Services are responsible for the introduction and management of new Open Access rights. This is under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 . We work on this with our Rights of Way and Highway services.