Friday, 27 April 2007

"Stepping Out" Photo Project

Local people are being urged to get photographing the valley’s unique flights of stone steps, as part of a community photo project linked to Hebden Bridge’s Walkers are Welcome status. The organisers are hoping that several hundred photos – either digital or prints – will be taken between now and July, when all the photos will be exhibited in the town.

“Flights of steps are a unique feature of the history, landscape and footpath network in the upper Calder valley,” says Richard Peters of Hebden Bridge Walkers’ Action. “Once you become ‘step aware’, you’ll find them everywhere. We welcome photos of steps both in the countryside and the towns.”

Photos are welcomed the full length of the upper valley, from Todmorden down to Luddendenfoot. Digital photos can be contributed electronically from the website whilst traditional prints can be handed in at a number of local shops, including Mountain Wild and Studio Seven (Hebden Bridge), Milly’s Café (Mytholmroyd), Shutterbugs (Todmorden) and the Post Offices in Heptonstall and Midgley.

All the photos contributed will be on display in a giant mural at the Arts Festival shop in Albert St, Hebden Bridge from July 21st – 29th, as part of a week of events linked to the town’s Walkers are Welcome status. Thereafter a selection will remain as a permanent record on the Hebden Bridge Walkers Action website.

“You don’t need to be a hardened walker to take part. We hope children will want to be involved, too. Whether you’re walking up Jumble Hole Clough or just strolling in Nutclough Woods, you’re never far from a flight of stone steps. Looking out for them can add to the pleasure of going for a springtime family walk,” says Richard Peters.

If you’d like more information, look for the special leaflets which are being distributed locally or visit

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