Walkers set to tackle annual rotary walk

Walkers set off on the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge Boundary Walk
Walkers set off on the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge Boundary Walk

WALKERS will head for the hills as a popular upper Calder Valley event returns.

Hebden Bridge Rotary club is preparing to welcome over 200 walkers and runners for its annual Boundary Walk on Sunday, June 10.

The club has been holding the event since 1999 and this year funds will go to the Scout Association.

A club spokesperson said: “We welcome serious walkers, runners and families to enjoy what must be one of the best outdoor experiences in the country.”

It is split into three stages: Hebden Bridge to Keighley Road, via Luddenden Dean and Warley Moor - which is approximately nine miles; Keighley Road to Widdop, via Walshaw - which is approximately 7.5 miles; and Widdop to Hebden Bridge, via Hardcastle Crags, which is approximately 4.5 miles.

The last section of is particularly suitable for families. Transport is provided to Widdop for those who wish to do just this section.

The walk is waymarked with flags and there are marshals and refreshments at all the checkpoints. All checkpoints are in radio contact and walkers need to register at the start, which is at the Signature Rugs premises in Valley Road, Hebden Bridge. Should anyone wish to drop out from the walk, transport back to Hebden Bridge is provided from the nearest checkpoint.

There will also be illustrated booklets describing the walk and the history of the area on sale at the Hebden Bridge Visitor and Canal Centre, New Road, and the various outdoor shops in Hebden Bridge, along with entry forms for the walk. These are sold on behalf of The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Entry forms are also available at www.hebdenbridgerotary.org.uk