These books are made for summer holiday walking

Launch of the Making Tracks in Mytholmroyd book of illustrated walks for children and their families, Milly's Cafe, Mytholmroyd. Photo by Jade Smith
Launch of the Making Tracks in Mytholmroyd book of illustrated walks for children and their families, Milly's Cafe, Mytholmroyd. Photo by Jade Smith

A walking group has produced a book which aims to encourage children and their families to get more active and explore the great outdoors.

Mytholmroyd Walkers Action (MWA) has collated a series of six easy walks - three of which are suitable for buggies and toddlers - encouraging families to get out and about in the scenic upper Calder Valley landscape.

The booklet, called Making tracks in Mytholmroyd, has been funded by Hebden Royd Town Council, Calderdale Council and the Cooperative Society.

A copy has been given to every child in Mytholmroyd and additional copies of the booklet will be sold to raise funds for MWA.

Rose Wheeler, MWA chairwoman, said the project took more than a year to complete.

“We wanted to produce an illustrated walks booklet designed specially for children,” she said.

“Over the past year we identified six walks that are suitable for children.

“Each walk is illustrated with pictures of things to look out for along the route.

“And we have developed each walk with some questions to answer, such as ‘how many insects are there?’

“Each of the walks has a symbol such as meadow or woodland.

“These pictures that go with each walk will be on way marker signs that children can follow by looking for the signs when they go round.”

The booklet, which is illustrated by Jo Poyser with additional artwork by Paul Ruffle, was officially launched last month and has received good feedback so far.

“This has been such a big project,” Rose said.

“It’s quite exciting to see people trying the walks.”

Pam Saville, headteacher at Burnley Road Academy in the village, said: “What an absolutely wonderful booklet of walks in the local area.

“All the children at Burnley Road Academy have been given a copy and I hope everyone will use them to go on some or all of the walks in the summer holidays.

“Our teachers and staff will be using them during the first half of the autumn term when we will be organising another one of our special weeks studying the local area of Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge.

“We will be making full use of the booklet and taking the children out on the six walks.”

Copies of the booklet can be purchased from shops in Mytholmroyd and the Hebden Bridge Visitor and Canal Centre, priced £1.50 each.

For more information, visit www.mytholmroydwalkers.org.