Get snapping for Calderdale Way birthday

Calderdale Way

The Calderdale Way is turning 40, and to celebrate Calderdale Council is looking for photographs that illustrate what makes it such an amazing walk.

The Calderdale Way is one of the most popular walking routes in the borough, taking in 50 miles of countryside throughout the hills, moors and valleys.

The route was marked out in 1978, meaning it turns 40 this year. To celebrate this occasion, a birthday party is being held on Sunday 23 September at Clay House in Greetland – the official start of the route. Put the date in your diary and look out for more information soon.

Ahead of the event, budding photographers are invited to send in photos of the Calderdale Way taken this month (August 2018). The best images submitted will be on display at the birthday party, with judges choosing their favourite.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhood Services, Cllr Susan Press, said:

“The Calderdale Way takes in some of the most scenic and distinctive parts of the borough and is a popular route for walkers. Although the route is 50 miles in total, there are several short stages that can easily be enjoyed.

“We’d love people to take photos of their favourite section of the route and enter our competition to celebrate its 40th anniversary.”

The competition is free to enter and the winning photo will be showcased on link) as well as Visit Calderdale’s social media accounts. The winner will also receive a family ticket to Shibden Hall.

There’s plenty of choice for photo opportunities along the route. The walk passes through the historic villages of Heptonstall, Lumbutts and Mankinholes as well as picturesque spots along the banks of the River Calder. It also passes close to the Stoodley Pike monument.

Taking a walk on the Calderdale Way – however short or long – not only offers stunning views and gets you out in the fresh air, it also counts as exercise. Just 10 minutes of brisk walking each day can make a huge difference to your health – it gets your heart pumping faster and reduces the risks of long-term health conditions like heart disease and some cancers. Active Calderdale is a physical activity movement to help Calderdale become the most active borough in the North of England by 2021.

Photography competition entries should be emailed to before Friday 31 August 2018. Photos should be taken throughout August from anywhere on the route, and entrants are asked to submit no more than three photos each.

For more information about the competition and its terms and conditions, visit link)

 To plan your visit to the Calderdale Way, head to link) While you’re on the website, why not take a look at the other attractions Calderdale has to offer, so you can make a day of it?

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