The West Yorkshire Woods

west-yorkshire-woods-cover-image-book-largeTitle: The West Yorkshire Woods – Part 1

Author: Christopher Goddard

Details: 208 Pages, paperback book, ISBN 978-0-9954502-0-2

Published: April 2016, Christopher Goddard

Price: £12.99 (free p&p)

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Also available is the sister publication The Calder Woodland Way, a pullout map of a new 23.5 mile route running the length of Calderdale through many of the Calder Valley’s finest woodlands.

Price: £4.99 (free p&p)


The West Yorkshire Woods: Part 1 is an original cartographic guide to the Calder Valley’s woodlands. The book covers the rich variety of landscapes that lie between Norwood Green and Walsden, including Cragg Vale, Shibden Dale, Hardcastle Crags, and the Ryburn, Luddenden and Blackburn Valleys. From ancient oak woodlands and Victorian beech plantations to the recent rewilding of former industrial sites, the book traces the history of these woods and gives advice for exploring them today. There are extensive notes and sketches on wildlife, fungi, etymology and local history.

Over twenty suggested routes are included, offering new ways through old country, each with a focus on the woods and other landscapes defined by trees.