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‘The West Yorkshire Woods: PART 1’

The West Yorkshire Woods: Part 1, the much-anticipated follow up book to The West Yorkshire Moors, is now available. Dozens of beautifully hand-drawn maps, nuggets of local history and wildlife, and a series of fine sketches make up Christopher Goddard’s new work. Part 1 concerns itself with the Calder Valley and its many tributaries, including Cragg Vale, Shibden Dale, Hardcastle Crags, and the Ryburn, Luddenden and Blackburn Valleys. As well as providing over 20 suggested walks, it traces the history of the local woodlands from medieval charcoal burning and iron blooming to their importance to aspects of the industrial revolution. Read more.

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‘The Calder Woodland Way’

To draw further attention to the wooded nature of this 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 23½ mile route traces a lush green line between 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.

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Christopher Goddard was born in Sheffield and now lives in Hebden Bridge with his partner Caroline and dog Alfie. An obsessive cartographer, he has been drawing maps for as long as he has been able to hold a pencil. His work as a Rights of Way and National Trail surveyor has taken him to many of the most beautiful parts of the British Isles, including the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands and the Cambrian Mountains. He began writing walking books in 2006, and to date has published three books; The West Yorkshire Moors (2013); The Wales Coast Path (2014); and The West Yorkshire Woods: Part 1 (2016). Read more.