Book explores the Calder Valley

The Calder Valley as seen above Hebden Bridge
The Calder Valley as seen above Hebden Bridge

A new walking guide featuring hand-drawn maps and scenic routes through Todmorden and Hebden Bridge has been produced.

The West Yorkshire Woods: Part 1 has been written by cartographer Christopher Goddard, who lives in Hebden Bridge, and is his follow-up to The West Yorkshire Moors; Part 1.

His new book covers the variety of leafy landscapes that lie between Norwood Green in the east and Walsden in the west.

The book features dozens of beautifully hand-drawn maps, nuggets of local history and wildlife, and a series of fine sketches.

Over twenty suggested routes are included, offering new ways through old country, each with a focus on the woods of the area.

There are new walks around Brighouse, Shelf, Halifax, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden.

To draw further attention to the wooded nature of the Calder Valley, the author has also devised a new long distance path up its course, the Calder Woodland Way.

Inspired by a train journey along the Caldervale Line, this 23.5 mile route traces a lush green line between the railway stations in Brighouse and Walsden and takes in many of the area’s finest woods.

It forms a natural companion to the book and is available in the form of a separate foldout map.

The 23.5 mile route has been carefully planned so that it can be undertaken as one long walk or, more likely, broken down into a number of sections.

It passes the railway stations in Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, and tracks a beautifully wooded line up the Calder Valley, passing through Elland Park Wood, North Dean Wood, Brearley Wood, Horsehold Wood, Burnt Acres Wood and Dobroyd Wood among many others.

Both the book and the map are available from There will be a book launch event at the Book Case Bookshop in Hebden Bridge at 7pm on Thursday, May 19.