AFTER two years of planning The Meltham Way is finally complete.

It is hoped the nine-mile circular route around areas surrounding the village will highlight places of historical and scenic interest.

Walkers will also be able to appreciate Meltham's surrounding countryside as the route takes them via Royd Edge, Blackmoorfoot Reservoir and Honley Wood.

The project was started by Meltham and District Civic Society.

Its vice-chairman Tony Dawson is delighted that the commitment of everyone involved has finally paid off.

The aim had always been to improve countryside access, encourage people to walk more and help them appreciate the local countryside.

Mr Dawson said: "We wanted to draw people's attention to what surrounds us.

"Too often we take it for granted."

Funding for the route and the brochures promoting it came from Kirklees Council's Environment Unit, with contributions from Meltham Town Council and the Civic Society.

The inauguration of the Meltham Way will take place in the Carlile Street car park, Meltham, at 10.30am on April 17.

All are welcome, but those attending should bring a packed lunch and wear suitable clothing.

The walk will be a medium to hard 9.5 miles. Dogs must be kept on a short lead.

For further information visit the website www. melthamcivicsociety.