Active Calderdale

Rastrick Around the World Community Walk Sunday 21st August

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Active Calderdale invite you to a guided walk, suitable for everyone through Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve. We will walk for about 1km but you are welcome to walk further. Likely to be a few slight gradients.

Meet at the cabin at Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve on

Sunday 21st August 1.00pm

There will be some snacks available afterwards (limited) and the chance to win several Love2shop vouchers.

Rastrick Around the World Community Walk Poster

Active Calderdale Your Views Matter survey

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Active Calderdale are gathering information on physical activity habits and opinions on how the local area can influence people to be more active.

No matter how active you currently are, this is your opportunity to express how you feel about being active in your local area so that the right changes can be made to support you, your friends and your family.

The survey takes 10 minutes to complete and can be found here:

Complete the Your Views Matter survey before 6th June 2022 to be in with a chance of winning FIVE £50 Love2Shop vouchers! (terms and conditions apply).

Your views matter Active Calderdale Survey extended

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Active Calderdale want your help to gain true insight across the borough. This is your opportunity to express how you feel about being active in your local area so that Active Calderdale can gain further understanding of how to help improve the perceptions and reduce the inequalities.


That’s why we’ve launched the Your Views Matter Survey, which is aimed at adults living in Calderdale and will be sent out annually from 7th May to 7th June. This year’s survey is now live and can be completed via

This survey will provide us with the insights we need to shape the direction of Active Calderdale and create impactful change.

Complete the survey before 7 June 2021 to have your say and make real difference.


Translated forms are available in the online version of the survey

If you prefer a paper copy, you can pick up one from an open local library. Paper copies are available in English only.

Further information on the Your Views Matter Survey can be found at

If you have any other questions or feedback regarding the Your Views Matter Survey or the Your Views Matter Partner Pack, please contact

Your answers will help to tackle inequalities and get more people moving in the borough, evaluate the perceptions of residents on their physical and mental wellbeing, and how they feel about being active in their local areas.


Join Active Calderdale on our Family and Friends February Challenge!

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“Two-fifths of people say they are being less active in this lockdown than during the first one in spring 2020”

Have you seen this in the news recently? Are you feeling the tougher effects of this lockdown on your physical activity levels? Moving more is one of the best tools we have to boost our physical and mental health – and we’re more likely to do it if we have encouragement from people that we know and trust.

That’s why need your help to spread the word about our latest social media challenge: #FamAndFriendsFeb.

The challenge to everyone in Calderdale is simple; can you encourage as many of your family and friends as possible to be physically active in February?

We all want to find new ways to support our family and friends during this lockdown. Reminding them to keep active is a brilliant way to help the people that we love to stay physically and mentally healthy, to stay connected with them, and have some fun!

Active Calderdale have put together some handy tips and ideas for different ways to keep active with your family and friends whilst sticking to the lockdown restrictions, which will be posted daily on our social media channels using #FamAndFriendsFeb.

We’d love it if your organisation could help us to spread the word on social media, and if you could take part yourself!

Visit our website for more information on the challenge, and download our social media pack for some suggested posts for your organisation. If you need any help with this drop us a line at


Active Calderdale advice on improving your sleep

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Getting enough sleep is so important to ensure that we feel replenished and ready for the day.

There are many reasons why we may be struggling to sleep, including working from home, stress, illness, alcohol consumption and the inability to relax.

If you need advice, have a look at these sleep guides. It is amazing how much better we all feel after a good night’s sleep!

Basic Introduction to Sleep
Introduction to the neuroscience of sleep and effects of sleep deprivation

Top 13 tips
13 tips on how to improve the quality of your sleep

Food for Thought
List of foods that help you get better sleep – and those that don’t!

Keep Moving, Feel Better.

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With the Government placing local restrictions on Calderdale  it’s more important than ever to keep active – to stay physically and mentally well. Here are some ideas to get you moving, don’t worry if you can’t do them all:


  • Explore the ponds in Beechwood Park, how many frogs can you find?
  • Conquer the maze at Shroggs Park,
  • Wander along  woodland paths at Ogden Water,
  • Get out into your garden; for a kick about with the kids, a bit of weeding or have a stroll,
  • Walk to the end of your street, or to the nearest bench for a rest and enjoy the sunshine.


There are lots more free ideas to stay active both inside and outside the house on the Active Calderdale page

Active Calderdale: Be Active Safely

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We are all spending more time at home, distancing ourselves from large gatherings, or generally changing our routines. It can be easy to lose motivation to be active. At times like these, it is more important than ever to keep moving, to keep ourselves physically well, as well as to improve stress levels and happiness.

Although we can now exercise outdoors more often, which is a great relief for lots of us, it is vital that we all do this safely and follow the national guidance on staying safe outside your home. To limit the further spread of COVID-19 it is still important that we continue to:

  • Stay at home as much as possible. If you have to travel, please avoid the rush hour, only use public transport for essential journeys, and walk or cycle whenever possible.
  • Stay local, and avoid busy places.
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep physically distanced from those who are most vulnerable
  • Always keep a distance of at least 2 metres (6ft) from people outside of your household.

Parks and Facilities
Most parks including Beechwood and Shroggs parks are open for people to stay active. Ogden Water and the surrounding paths remain closed until further notice.

At Shroggs and Beechwood parks, there are ponds, a maze and lots of woodland paths to explore. Shroggs has a great hard surfaced track for riding your bike, scooting or skating on too.  Remember anyone using them must follow the social distancing guidelines at all times.

Play areas are currently still closed and play equipment remains taped off to avoid the risk of infection. There are however, lots of  ideas for things to do in the garden or outside.

The Council’s running tracks, outdoor gym equipment and sports courts also remain closed whilst it reviews the latest guidance and decides whether it is safe to reopen some services.  Stay Active During COVID 19 has lots of resources and inspiration to keep you moving.

If you have trouble getting out or shielding, there’s help to keep you moving indoors safely too.

Find out more
For the latest information and updates on COVID-19 in Calderdale, visit the Calderdale Council COVID-19 dedicated page.

If you are shielding, or showing symptoms of COVID-19, then you should remain indoors, and seek advice from the government website.

For more in depth information on the changes to the rules around physical activity, please see the Sport England Q&A page.


10 minute workouts from the NHS and Active Calderdale!

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If you need some ideas and inspiration there are some 10 minute workouts from NHS and loads of ideas on the Active Calderdale Staying Active page for everyone, some 10 minutes and lots longer.

Marie the Active Workforce Lead, has done a couple of 10 minute videos:  Staircase workout     No equipment arms and legs easy workout.

Just 10 minutes a day can help brighten your mood, help with your circulation and overall health. It doesn’t take long, it won’t interrupt your day.

So there really is no excuse!!

Have fun, stay active, stay healthy!