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|Start Date:||1st September 2013|
|End Date:||31st December 2013|
My wife and I walked the 50 plus miles of the Calderdale Way in late August 2012. Exhibited are 100 photographs to view which are a small representation of the route, views and interesting visuals we encountered along the pathways which we walked.
We had completed the walk 25 years earlier and took up the challenge again, this time armed with a camera.
The walk was to be attempted over three consecutive days and we had been practising during the ‘summer’.
Did we have a summer in 2012?
The first leg started by driving to Todmorden and parking up, leaving the car and walking home along the route of the Calderdale Way.
As we walked I recorded the journey candidly with images as I would for the full three days.
This first part of the Calderdale Way walk was nearly 22 miles and took us over 8 hours ! A baptism that created tired legs and aching muscles.
Did we really have to do that all again in the morning?
The second day we resumed our walk in Shibden Valley and set off for Ripponden. We would arrive there in around 7 hours some 18 miles later.
(I nearly fell asleep on the bus home from Ripponden to Halifax.)
For the final leg we were dropped off back in Ripponden to walk the final 15 or so miles back to Todmorden was completed in 6 hours.
The summer of 2012 was one of the wettest on record. Although the weather during the 3 days of walking was, in the main, kind to us the conditions underfoot were horrendous. I had to wear three different types of footwear and I do believe by the end I was starting to get “trench foot”.
Parts of the Calderdale Way are well signposted and the pathways are in good repair but the 1980’s pathway is in need of some regeneration in areas. It can even be run but on a slightly different course.
Walking around the edges of Calderdale show what a diverse and historically interesting part of the world we live in. From town to moorland in a few miles, through farmland and through ancient villages.Visually variant from Church spires to wind farms. Walking the Calderdale Way it is possible to see how history has influenced the area and how the future is going to shape how it looks for the next generations.The 50 plus miles is a glimpse into our past, present and future.
I completed the walk as a challenge and used it as an opportunity to hone my skills with a camera.
The exhibition is designed to inspire others to take up the challenge of completing all or parts of the Calderdale Way and its link paths. It is also a window to the Calderdale Way for those who may not be able to.
I hope others young and old take inspiration to take up their cameras and explore the countryside and town pathways around them.
I hope you enjoy the journey through the eyes of myself and my camera.