We are a partnership of local walking groups in the area. We got together in May 2016 to promote our area to walkers. This website is one of the initiatives that we are currently working on.
The current members of the partnership are:
Todwalkers (Walkers are Welcome)
Hebden Bridge Walkers Action (Walkers are Welcome)
Mytholmroyd Walkers Action (Walkers are Welcome)
Friends of Calderdale Countryside
We are all volunteers and we welcome interested people to come and join us, if you have any interest in the Heart of the Pennines project, just use the contact form below to get in touch.
We have the support and involvement of local visitor centres, Calderdale council, CROWS, National Trust, Canals and River Trust and Natural England.
Northern Railways and Calderdale Council have provided financial support for the project.
This is a national scheme which aims are to encourage and support towns and villages to:
- be attractive destinations for walkers with top quality information on local walks
- offer local people and visitors excellent walking opportunities within their areas
- ensure that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained, improved and well signposted
- contribute to local tourism plans and regeneration strategies
- promote the health benefits of walking and increase participation
- encourage the use of public transport
The scheme was launched in 2007 with Hebden Bridge becoming the first Walkers are Welcome town.
There are now over 100 towns and villages that have signed up to become a Walkers are welcome town and village.
2017 is the 10th anniversary with the conference taking place in Hebden Bridge.
There is more information about the scheme on the Walkers are Welcome website.
You may be able to find the information you’re looking for through one of these links. But feel free to contact us via the form at the bottom of the page.
- Calderdale Countryside Service help maintain some routes, provide a small number of guided walks.
- CROWS look after the bulk of the routes in the area.
- Hebden Bridge Information Centre provides general information about visitors to the area and has a comprehensive stock of local walking guides.
- Hebden Bridge Walkers Action a Walkers are Welcome group producing self guided walks and promoting access for walkers.
- Luddenden Civic Trust highlights events in the Luddenden area
- Mytholmroyd Walkers Action a Walkers are Welcome group producing self guided walks and promoting access for walkers.
- National Trust oversees the local attraction called Hardcastle Crags.
- Pennine Heritage produce e-Trails and have a wonderful archive of old photos of the area.
Pennine Prospects promotes the area of the South Pennines and is involved in the restoration of the peat uplands.
- South Pennines Walk and Ride festival An annual walking festival run by Pennine Prospects.
- TodWalkers a Walkers are Welcome group producing self guided walks and promoting access for walkers.
- Todmorden Information Centre an independent visitor centre with a comprehensive stock of local walking guides and strong links to walkers.
The Heart of the Pennines project has been helped by many people, in particular…
- South Pennines Association for funding the early steps in the project
- Friends of Calderdale Countryside for funding stands for walking guides
- Northern Railways for funding a leaflet and distributing it across the rail network in the North of England
- Mike Barrett, Graham Ramsden, Andrew Smith, Lesley Jackson from Elmet Farmhouse, Calderdale Council Tourism and many others for letting us use their photos
- Alan from Todwalkers for help with setting up the website
- Wally Woodcock for writing the Walkers are Welcome song and Calder Valley voices for the choruses
- And for loads of people who contributed their ideas and encouraged the project
Many thanks to Calderdale Council small grants programme for supporting the Heart of the Pennines initiative.