HIKING enthusiasts hauled on their boots and waterproofs to trek the inaugural walk of the Meltham Way.
A mass hike celebrated the official launch of the 9.5-mile way, which has been two years in the planning.
More than 100 people took part in the trek, which left the Carlile Street car park in Meltham on Saturday morning.
The idea of a country route circling the town came from Meltham and District Civic Society.
Members teamed up with Kirklees Council's environment unit and Yorkshire Water to officially plot the route and invest in new paths, signposts and stiles.
Civic society vice-chairman Tony Dawson said: "Meltham is close to the countryside.
"We wanted to get people out walking more.
"But we could not have done it without Yorkshire Water and Kirklees Council."
Mr Bob Baxter, YW's access and recreation manager, said: "We are committed to increasing access to our land.
"We had to put in stepping stones and new stiles, and repair existing stiles and bridges."
Mr Baxter said Yorkshire Water had improved a path along four miles of drainage channel at Meltham Cop, which takes water to Blackmoorfoot Reservoir.
The company has invested about £5,500 in the scheme.
Roy Malkin, senior public rights of way officer for Kirklees Council, said: "We want to improve people's health and support moves to encourage people to get out into the countryside for fresh air and recreation."