TWO new walking leaflets have been brought out to encourage people to walk and explore the Colne Valley countryside while enjoying picnics in the area.

The walks start from the popular Tunnel End Picnic Site in Marsden and the Rotcher Picnic Site in Slaithwaite.

Each leaflet contains instructions on how to get to the picnic site and directions and a detailed route map.

The Tunnel End Picnic Walk uses mainly good-quality, wide paths and quiet country lanes and takes walkers past the Standedge Visitor Centre towards Hey Green. A longer version takes walkers to the pack horse bridge at Close Gate Bridge (Easter Gate) where there is an informal picnic spot.

There is a choice of two walks from Rotcher Picnic Site – the first taking walkers along a section of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the second heading away from the canal towards Owler Woods. This leaflet also contains information about canal locks and how they work.

Both leaflets, produced by Kirklees Countryside Unit, are free.

Families will get the opportunity to try the shorter version of the Tunnel End Picnic Site Walk on Sunday, April 13.

Diane Green and John Gleadow, of the Kirklees Countryside Unit, will be leading a Nature Treasure Hunt Walk along the route and people should bring a picnic to enjoy before the walk. Meet at 12.30pm, expected return by 3pm.

Leaflets will be handed out on the day.