Take a walk on the Wildside

Ogden water

The new edition of Wildside – the walks and events programme produced by Calderdale Council is available in local tourist information centres, libraries and sports centres now!  

The guide brings together all the walks and events run by the Council’s Countryside and Woodland team. There’s something for everyone in this useful guide, from activities with the family to educational events and guided walks. 

Kicking off this year’s programme is a walk led by Steve Blacksmith from Halifax Scientific Society, who is going to be hunting for frog spawn on a walk around Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve near Brighouse on the 30 March starting at 10.30am. 

Other programme highlights include a return visit to Cragg Vale brewery led by Mytholmroyd Walkers Action and two chances to learn how to understand maps and navigate using a compass at Ogden Water. In addition, we welcome scientists from Leeds University – water@leeds who will be leading two walks which focus on water in the landscape. 

There’s also information about a new series of willow weaving training sessions at Ogden Water led by Joevanka Gregory, a local artist who specialises in willow work. Plus there’s the opportunity to book a place on one of her courses and learn how to make willow flowers or Christmas decorations. 

For families we have a return visit by Creeping Toad who will be telling stories and making crafts connected to bees, butterflies and beetles and a new Lammas Day event where you can make a corn dolly and make your own flat bread to cook over an open fire. In addition there are a couple of geology walks led by the West Yorkshire Geology Trust focussing on the rocks beneath our feet and a chance to learn how to make life better for our local bee population through a series of walks and events.

 Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Steve Sweeney, said:

“There’s an exciting timetable of events coming up, so you can plan ahead for some great outdoor activities in the coming months.

 “We’re lucky enough to have some lovely countryside around Calderdale, and in this guide you’ll find inspirational ideas to go out, explore and enjoy it.” 

Pick up a programme today or visit our website to find out more. If you need more information or can’t find the new leaflet in your local outlet, please e-mail who will be happy to help.



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