WAW Towns (E-K)
Accredited since: 2007
There is a yearly South Pennines Walk and Ride festival held in September offering a variety of walks throughout the South Pennines. CROWS (Community Right of Way Service) is dedicated team of over 20 volunteers that go out three times weekly to repair and manage our footpath network. They have a workshop full of tools for the volunteers to use and the group attracts funding both through the local council and through community appeals. Over Christimas 2019 they raised over £1,000 through Just Giving to make steps down a very steep and muddy right of way. Local authority services have been severely hit by cuts and without these volunteers many of our paths would be unusable.
The Calderdale way, a 50 mile circular route around the county was the first long distance footpath to surround a Metropolitan borough. The Pennine way passes near the town, with an official loop off the route to bring walkers into the town.
At Easter time we have a Pace Egg play held raucously outside at Heptonstall. We also have the annual duck race then. In June there is a thriving Arts festival with many interesting events. We have a steampunk festival and in August, a vintage car rally. The local Tourist information centre is the place to visit to find out what’s on. It’s a tempting town to visit.