Author to lead walks across the Moors

Hebden Bridge author and keen rambler Chris Goddard will lead two walks at the annual walk and ride festival.
Hebden Bridge author and keen rambler Chris Goddard will lead two walks at the annual walk and ride festival.

A renowned West Yorkshire author will lead walkers on two adventure walks at the annual walk and ride festival over the next three weeks.

Christopher Goddard, author of The West Yorkshire Moors, will venture off with groups of enthusiastic walkers to explore places around Calderdale he has previously drawn and written about in his published books.

Starting on September 7, Christopher will lead an eight-mile ‘hard-graded’ adventurous exploration of the Blake Moor.

The walk will begin from Withens Clough car park, Cragg Vale and at 10.30am and will take approximately five hours to trek across the Moors.

Along the way, walkers will see points of interest including the Two Lads, the Wool Pack Stone, Holder Stones and Stoodley Pike.

Following on from the exploration of the Blake Moor, he will lead an eight and a half mile hard hike on September 13.

The ‘hard’ walk, called the Boulsworth Skyline, will takes hikers across the moorland expanses of Boulsworth Hill, where adventure walks can enjoy a rare visit to the Elk and Bison carvings.

The Boulsworth Skyline walk, led by Christopher, will take place from 10.15am and begin at Clough Foot car park, Widdop and will take around five hours for walkers to complete.

Easier walks will be available throughout the festival, including a two and a half mile walk to September 7 that will explore the history of Heptonstall, an ancient village known for its ruined church and narrow setted streets. This walk will be led by John Billingsley and will leave from the museum in the Heptonstall churchyear.

The cost of the historical walk around Heptonstall will be £3.

Walkers interested in the Crossleys will be in luck as Linda Croft will lead a walk on September 21, starting from the Hopwood Lane entrance to People’s Park.

Along the way Linda will explain the history of the Crossley family and explain the familys’ involvement in the house, chapels, park and almhouses.

For more information on the walks led by Christopher and other trails during the three week long festival, contact Ann Atkins at