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Active Calderdale to Support Walking the Watershed Landscape

The short film Walking the Watershed Landscape, supported by Active Calderdale, was produced in partnership with the Kramblers for Todmorden Book Festival’s first digital Festival in 2020.

The global pandemic has highlighted the importance of walking and accessing nature. This short film explores the Kramblers (Kashmiri Ramblers) individual and collective relationship with the South Pennines landscape. The film follows the group as they walk in the hills and steep-sided valleys surrounding Todmorden and share their stories. It explores the similarities between the South Pennines and Kashmiri landscapes and features Pahari poetry from the Kashmir region read by Rochdale-based poet and writer Ali Adalat.

The Kramblers (Kashmiri Ramblers) was founded in Rochdale in 2013, to improve health equality in the BAME community and transform the BAME health landscape by challenging perceptions and improving access to healthy lifestyle opportunities. Walking is the catalyst for these changes, and the group has since grown into a national network of local groups that bring people together to improve health and wellbeing and change attitudes towards preventable health conditions.

Active Calderdale is a strategy forged by partners across Calderdale. Their vision is for Calderdale to be the most active borough in the North by 2024, with a mission to help Calderdale residents live a larger life through physical activity. Being active is so much more than running marathons, going to the gym, or having all the gear for cycling or hiking. Active is anything that gets you moving for more than 10 minutes at a time, and even the smallest of changes can add up to huge benefits. Active Calderdale’s approach is to create a culture in Calderdale where everyone has the motivation, capability and opportunity to be physically active. Through tackling physical inactivity, the strategy will contribute to reducing health inequalities, creating more prosperous towns and reducing carbon emissions in the borough. Every individual, organisation and institution has a part to play, find out more at active.calderdale.gov.uk.

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