Todmorden is becoming a ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ town thanks to funding from Community Foundation for Calderdale and their Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Fund.
As such, our footpaths need to be up to scratch so our beautiful locality can be enjoyed by visitors and walkers alike. CROWS has been working with local walking groups and work has already begun to create a strategy to improve our local pathways. The Walsden area in particular has a wealth of lovely paths, however many are in poor condition and badly neglected – some choked with brambles, some with wobbly stiles, and many destroyed by the Christmas flooding.
Since its inception in 2013 CROWS has been supported by the Community Foundation for Calderdale while they have worked for better access to the countryside for non-traditional walkers and towards establishing Todmorden and the surrounding area as a centre for walking. After an initial grant, enabling CROWS to purchase vital equipment used to ensure our walkways are maintained to a high standard, CFFC are supporting CROWS again after the dreadful deluge experienced last winter. With the help of Renewable Energy Systems (RES), the CFFC have provided CROWS with further funding while they survey the network of paths in our local area, waymark paths and carry out vital repairs. This support has been particularly well received as it focuses on Walsden, an area that hasn’t previously received funding.
So far, CROWS have completed the refurbishment of the entire route of the Todmorden Centenary Way and we are just finishing a project in the Cornholme area. In future, CROWS hopes to prioritise the most popular routes, particularly those published in walking guides such as ‘Walks around Walsden’. If Walsden residents have any concerns about certain paths they think require maintenance, CROWS would love to hear from you on 0784 964 0784.