Walking group seeks new members for autumn

Members of Todmorden Walkabout
Members of Todmorden Walkabout

A WALKING group is looking to attract new members as it begins its autumn programme.

Todmorden Walkbaout holds free, short, led walks that explore the town and provide an opportunity to meet new people and improve fitness.

The group’s walks take place fortnightly on Sundays and Mondays.

The Monday walks on low level paths and pavements are ideal for getting started.

The walks start at 11am and last about an hour.

Walk leader Douglas Wilson said there are a variety of different routes.

These include a walk up to Dobroyd Castle and one to Meadowbottom.

Each route sets off from the reception area of Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, at 11am.

New walkers are asked to arrive at 10.45am.

The Sunday walks are slightly longer - about two hours - and explore local towpaths and lower hills.

They start at 11.15am from Morrison’s main entrance. New walkers are asked to arrive at 11am.

The Walkabout group was set up several years ago to help people who are getting back into walking after health problems such as heart conditions.

The group currently has about a dozen walkers taking part in each of the walks and would like to increase its numbers.

In addition to the health benefits of taking part in regular walks, there is also a social element.

“It’s a good way to keep fit and it has a social benefit,” Douglas said.

“On the Monday walks we do a bit of local history and architecture and whatever we come across within the limit of where we can go in an hour and a half.”

The group has members from throughout the upper Calder Valley and also some from Halifax.

Walks are held all year round, except Boxing Day. The group is run on a voluntary basis and all the guides are trained by Natural England.

“We turn out come rain or shine,” Douglas said.

The next walk will be held on Sunday, October 9. Anybody wishing to join the group is asked to meet the walk leaders at Morrison’s main entrance at 11am.

For more information, contact Karen Andrews on 01706 819118.