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From the Pennines to the Peaks on foot

This week’s walk provides a perfect setting in which to lose yourself, your thoughts and concerns by being distracted by the great expanse of moorland and feeling miles from civilisation. Yet as a popular walking destination, you’ll never be far from another rambler, writes Caroline Spalding.

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Griddled lemony chicken fillets

Griddled lemony chicken fillets

Serves: 4

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Taking a delightful trail from Triangle

Taking a delightful trail from Triangle

Walking is not a hobby that appeals to everyone and perhaps you have found yourself trying to persuade a reluctant friend to give it a try, only to find excuses ranging from a lack of time to a lack of proper footwear, writes Caroline Spalding.

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Leek and potato soup

Leek and potato soup

The weather doesn’t know what it’s doing at the moment, writes Alasdair Nunn and RachAls Kitchen, the Halifax-based caterers.

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To look at her, you wouldn’t think my daughter had any of my genes.

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Redundancy: its not the end of the world!

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Last year I was made redundant for the third time in four years.
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The moorland heights of West Calderdale

The moorland heights of West Calderdale

This week’s walk appreciates the expanse of the moorlands and the views they offer, whilst being incredibly simple to follow and relatively easy-going; therefore perfect for both this time of year and those new to the joys of hiking.

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Pam Lloyd PR Asparagus Recipes (30th November 2010)

Asparagus and pea risotto

Risottos are great because the core ingredients in it can be easily pulled together from the fridge or store-cupboard. .

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Snow at Ogden Water.

Is rambling on its last legs? Take a hike.

I recently conducted a survey amongst members of the Ramblers Association to gain a perspective on how walking is perceived as a hobby for the younger generations; mainly because membership of the organisation is in decline, whilst the remaining members are, inevitably, getting older.

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Rhubarb frangipane

Rhubarb frangipane

Whether you use forced rhubarb, which is grown in the dark chiefly in the famous Yorkshire triangle (Wakefield district) and which is in shops now, or the type grown outside (available April on) this is a fabulous recipe, courtesy of our friends at the Shibden Mill Inn.

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The outdoor vitality pool

Travel review: An escape from reality at a snowy Staffordshire spa

There’s something really rather decadent about relaxing in an outdoor pool, warmed to a toasty 30 degrees, sipping a cocktail - and feeling droplets of snow fall on your face.

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Gnocchi allaTrapanese

Gnocchi allaTrapanese

Serves 2

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Hiking the hills above the Colne Valley

Hiking the hills above the Colne Valley

One benefit of following a guided walk is the advantage of not having to rely on your own navigational skills; particularly when snow camouflages the trodden pathways. This past weekend I opted to take a 12-mile hike from Slaithwaite, HD7, joining the Huddersfield Ramblers, known for their more challenging walks. This route I’d recommend for more clement weather, or perhaps even breaking it into two 6-mile walks.

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George Ezra.

George Ezra announces Yorkshire forest concert date

Top selling singer songwriter George Ezra has announced a huge outdoor Yorkshire forest concert date this summer.

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Roasted cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower

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Beautiful pathways to Barkisland

Beautiful pathways to Barkisland

Ripponden is a wonderful place to begin a walk and usually, I venture towards the moorland rising above the town. This 7-mile route goes the opposite way, towards Triangle & Sowerby Bridge, and shows just how close the settlements of this part of Calderdale are to one another. Beginning from Mill Fold Lane car park [GR SE 040 196, postcode HX6 4HS] walk towards the main road, crossing it to pick up a path opposite, descending the steps in front of a large building with black window frames. Cross the yard and begin to climb before following the lane signposted Hanging Stones Lane. Tarmac gives way to stony ground, entering woodland. To your left, you will rise above the disused railway line; as you leave Ripponden behind you’ll pass a railway footbridge and eventually you’ll reach an isolated house, deep into the woodland [SE 046 212]. Pass by the house then turn sharply to the right, beginning the ascent from the dell, following a curved wall. Emerging above the trees, you’ll pass way markers indicating the Calderdale Way to your right, along which you’ll later return to the start. The land flattens, the track turns into a tarmac driveway [Highlee Flat on the map]. You emerge onto Butterworth-End Lane and a caravan park. Turn left on the road and you’ll reach Norland Moor. Immediately behind the wall enclosing the caravan park join the moor by way of an ascending track. Ignore the gate marking the Bridleway to Garden Lane and walk diagonally left up to the top, meeting the corner of a stone boundary. Take the path adhering to the wall continuing in a straight line for 1km across the moorland. At the end, turn right along the track which emerges next to the Spring Rock pub at the junction of the B6113 and Norland Road. Facing the junction, take the waymarked path on the right-hand side of the road. Passing along the edge of the field; you’ll see a passageway flanked by two stone walls; it bends to the left, then down steps along the edge of more rugged woodland. Turn right on the track at the bottom [SE 068 210], then take the path marked on the left, across some boggy fields and stiles marked on the map as Greetland Wall Nook. You reach another track, turning left to pass a large house and descending to meet Saddleworth Road next to a bus stop. Turn right, then there’s a path [on left] following the edge of fields until at the bottom you turn right, passing under foliage and then a gate, crossing another field to meet Branch Road at the bottom. Turn right and cross the road; at the end of the terrace houses pass through a gap in the wall skirting the perimeter of a garden descending to meet the Black Brook. Follow the river upstream to the houses [Lower & Upper Bank House], turning right on Beestonley Lane towards Barkisland Mill. Turn left at the cross roads, where the sign indicates the recycling plant and almost immediately there is a path to your right which climbs up the bank. Towards the top, pass through the fence turning left, the path curves to the right to meet a lane across a stile, which you follow up past Sourdock Hill Farm. At the top of the track there is a way marker indicating Barkisland Village on the right. This descends into Barkisland Clough and climbs to meet Stainland Road. Here, along the road to the right, is Barkisland Hall. However, this route turns left, crosses the road and takes a track on the right to meet Sandyfoot Clough. A short, steep climb from the clough returns you to Saddleworth Road. Looking left, you’ll see a way marker. Follow this up past the electricity pylon, ‘hop over the wall’ of a garden and walk the driveway of the houses to meet another road. Directly ahead is another way marker, again walk up a driveway [Abbots Royd] follow the way markers to cross another boggy field to meet once again Butterworth End Lane. Return via the same track from which you emerged onto the road, and descend. Turn left at the Calderdale Way signpost – following the track named Moor Bottom Road, turn right at the main road taking the steep road descending marked Calderdale Way which gives a welcoming descent back to the start.

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10 of the best things to do over the next seven days

Ten of the best things to do over the next seven days

Here are ten of the best things to do in Calderdale over the next week.
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COLUMNIST: Preparing for a big leap for my little boy

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Well this year started much like the last one; I went through every emotion on New Year’s Eve - happy tears fell as I reflected on the lovely things that had happened in 2017, then I sobbed about some not so happy moments.

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Pam Lloyd PR Shallots (18th April 2017)

Shallot Soup & Cheese Crouton

This delicious soup is slow cooked to bring out the sweet caramel flavours of the shallots. Topping

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