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Small Steps in the Right Direction

Someone once said ‘small steps in the right direction can turn out to be the biggest steps of our lives

For those of us living in recovery, this is familiar to us. It came to me when we embarked on a family walking group through Calderdale In Recovery (CiR) on a sunny Sunday morning. Adults and children with the obligatory dogs, Walter & Elliot.

The walk was easy and relaxing, circling the lovely shimmering waters of Ogden reservoir via woodland paths. It was a fabulous opportunity to chat with friends we know and to meet and chat with their loved ones who share the challenges of living with and loving a recovering addict.

Peace and fun was the order of the day, excited children and adults looking for Calderdale rocks and encountering the beauty of nature while searching for dock leaves to ease nettle stings and chasing dogs who decided to go walkabout. There were choices of routes and paths but one thing for sure was we were all heading in the right direction, together and enjoying the journey.

I thought of all the Sunday mornings wasted recovering from the night before, and what a joy the days are now.

Finally, we meet up with other more energetic pals on their bikes off on a long ride. We can’t all do the long walks (not yet at least), but we can all enjoy the fun of being well and of each others company, and our loved ones can enjoy the support and care that we have at our fingertips, in a relaxed way.

If you are new to recovery or an ‘old timer’ I’d thoroughly recommend one of the CiR organised short walks.


Next walk is Sunday 24th June.  Keep an eye out on Calderdale in Recovery Facebook page for further walks.

Next family friendly walk – this Sunday 24th June.

Posted by Calderdale in Recovery on Monday, 18 June 2018

Coast to Coast Walk by The Basement Recovery Project


TBRP Coast to Coast Walk

Day One

(190 miles to go)

Eight hardy souls set off from Halifax on 17th June with the aim of walking from the West Coast (Irish Sea) to the East Coast (North Sea). What were we thinking?

The journey to our starting point, St Bees in Cumbria, was uneventful apart from finding the only petrol station in England with antique pumps. It would have taken less time to fill up if we had drilled for our own crude oil and refined it. Nevertheless we arrived at our destination for about 11ish, dipped our toes in the sea, picked up our pebbles and did one. It is a custom for coast to coast walkers to take a pebble from one coast and throw it in the sea when they arrive at the other.

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