Brighouse, Southowram, West Vale, Norland, Ripponden, Mill Bank
Mill Bank, Crag Vale,
Todmorden, Blackshaw Head, Heptonstall
Heptonstall, Hardcastle Crag, Pecket Well,
Farm (Luddenden Dean), Causeway Foot /
Upper Brockholes to Catherine Slack (Queensbury), Shelf,
The Calderdale Way is a
50 mile (80 km) walk exploring the hills, moors and valleys of
Calderdale. It is an ‘up and down’ journey with few level sections. The
higher levels, however, provide some exceptionally fine panoramic views.
some steep sections and there will be muddy parts following wet weather.
Some areas of moorland are exposed. Mileage details, which are
approximate, are given for longer sections with intermediate distances.
The best walking and views as with all walks, would be in sunny weather
following a dry spell. Appropriate footwear and clothing is needed for
walk is accessible by public transport. Additionally it can be split
into short walks also by using public transport. Additionally, there are
many link paths. For example, an easy walk would be the three mile
Norland to Ripponden section.
Take the bus from
to Norland and then walk on the level and downhill to Ripponden with
another bus back to
Another even shorter walk combined with sight-seeing, would be to take
the train to
Bridge, bus to Heptonstall, and walk ¾ mile down to
Hardcastle Crag and bus back to Hebden
whole walk is circular and so can be started at any point; this starts
at Brighouse. There are bus services to each of the distance points.
Train services are available at Brighouse, Todmorden,
Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd,
Halifax. Route map and accommodation links at
end of these details.
Southowram, West Vale, Norland, Ripponden, Mill Bank
start satnav HD6 1PQ)
This section is a relatively easy introduction to the walk.
Start the walk at Sainsbury’s supermarket in
Brighouse, by the A641. Join the canal towpath to the left of and behind
the supermarket. Follow the towpath on the right of the canal. Go under
a road bridge and later over a small bridge to join the left side of the
canal. Continue to the Avocet factory and turn right over the bridge to
the main road. Cross over and then left up the dirt track into Freemans
Keep the wall on the left to
pass a gate on the left and ignore a track branching up right.
Continue to a stile on the left-hand corner of the wall. Over the
stile a path and the ‘Cat Steps’ lead down to ‘Fort
Montague’ farm, at
At the bottom of the steps, turn right up a
grassy track into Cromwell Wood. Continue uphill until the path becomes
a walled lane. Then turn left, at footpath sign, down and over the
stream and up to a small gap in the wall. At the top turn right for a
few yards then left through a stile into a field. Follow up with wall on
right to a stile in the top right-hand corner.
The path now bears right, then
left and through a stile into
School Lane. Continue to the road, then
right, up to the road junction at
Southowram (2.3 miles).
Turn left up
West Lane, passing
on the left. After Marshalls,
the road continues to rise then drops down steeply. As the road
descends, keep to the left, ignore road bearing off right. At right-hand
bend, turn left at way-marked post. This is site of a lone house.
On entering the lane below the
house, immediately angle right past some
boulders to a stile. Go into a field and follow wall on right.
Continue down to a wall stile on the right. Go over the wall, and follow
the path downhill to skirt just left of a school. Continue to a stile at
the right hand corner of the wall. Go through the next field to another
stile taking you to the main road.
Turn left and head towards the
farm. Here there is a sharp right-hand bend and then a left-hand bend.
At this second bend take the stile on the right following the path
downhill and left to a gate. Go through the gate and turn right down to
a stile and then, following a winding path as it brings you out on the
busy A629. Cross over the dual carriageway and then enter path and go
left then right, down towards the
Emerge on the canal at the canal
locks and cross to the other side. Turn right and follow the footpath
with canal on the right. At
the main road junction, turn left. Follow the road under the bridge, on
the right hand side, to a car park. Join the rising path, on the left of
the car park at a 45˚ angle to the road, to
Clay House at
West Vale (2.2 miles).
Go between Clay House
which was built around 1650, a former home of the Clay family, now publicly
and barn, to the rear of the
house. Cross lawn to gap in boundary wall into the start of North Dean
Go half-right as signed and up a narrow path. This levels and
becomes broader. Ignore steps on right, down to car park but instead go
left on main path. At junction, take left rising path and continue to a
‘T’ junction at a wall. Go right then left at junctions up to steps at
top of wood. Turn right, with fields on left.
along top path, do not deviate right. Eventually go through wall pass
into a descending track. Turn right and follow down 40 yards and then
angle left alongside wall on left, ignoring downward link path to Copley
Keep to the wall as much as
possible until you reach another stile. Go left over this and circle
clockwise, around a boulder strewn mound. Keep close to the fencing on
the right and follow to end of field. Go through a metal gate to the
main road and turn right, down to the sharp bend and road junction. This
is the Clough
Norland (2.5 miles).
Go left on the
signed path and onto Norland Moor, aiming for a squat pylon. Turn left
by a wall and stone slab ‘bridge’, alongside the stream, continuing on
to a stone cairn. Here take the
right fork, along a rising path. This becomes a very straight path
towards a metal fence at a disused underground water tank.
Follow the path edge to reach
Ladstone Rock. Follow
path keeping to right until the end descent to the main road. Go ahead
and down until approximately 100 yards after the caravan park entrance
right along a potholed track passing farm buildings and descend until
you reach a stile in the left-hand side of the wall,
just after a sign on right.
Here the path crosses a field to
a track and eventually on to the main road. Turn right downhill. Pass
the Fleece Countryside Inn
and leave the main road taking
the right fork, quieter road down to St Bartholomew’s Church
Ripponden (3 miles).
Go past the Church, and across
the River Ryburn packhorse bridge to
The Old Bridge Inn. Follow
the cobbled road up to the main Halifax
road (A58) cross over and walk up
After a short distance, approx
300 yards, go right through stone gate-posts below a bungalow, bearing
left through a stile. This now follows a paved path through fields to
Birks Farm. When emerging through a small gate, bear left to follow
another track in between walls.
At the top go through the gate
and follow the wall on the left to emerge through a wall stile in to
another lane. Bear left up here to arrive at
Turn right to pass Making Place
After approx 100
yards, go right, through a stile on a paved path onto
Highfield Lane. Turn right towards the farm
and then next left through a stile leading through fields. Then down
steep steps to an access lane. Bear left then immediately right down
Foxen Lane to
bottom (1.5 miles).
(bus service to Halifax
at the top of the road, in Mill Bank)
Crag Vale, Mankinholes, Todmorden
miles; start satnav HX6 3ED
This part of the walk goes over the moors near
Studley Pike; an exposed section.
At the bottom, turn left at the
bridge over Lumb Clough river, and follow it upstream. Go through a
couple a gates to emerge on
Gough Lane. Follow this road uphill to emerge
on Lighthazles road. Head across to follow the road opposite as it winds
its way uphill for about a mile. Bear right into a grassy lane opposite
a wind turbine and then turn left, uphill. At a junction bear left,
passing a farm which is on the right and continue uphill.
After a short
distance, reach a T-junction and go left
with views, on the left, into
which is now
derelict. Continue on this lane to a stile. Go through the gate to enter
the moor and follow this until a fork. Bear right to follow this track
towards a distant ruin which is
a wartime ‘Starfish’ bunker.
‘Starfish’ were large fire decoys replicating the explosions and fires
that occurred in a bombing and incendiary raids. They were to lure
bombers away from their intended targets, in
this case the Greetland railway
station and goods yard.
sites included a ‘boiling oil’ trough linked to a tank of diesel oil and
a water tank. The trough
contained coal and creosoted waste. Diesel oil was fed into it by a
pipe. Once ignited, oil was pulsed into the trough and after 20 minutes,
water was released which produced a violent explosive burst of flame.
The concrete bunker is the control. The decoy
fire was located south west towards Great Manshead Hill.
At the ruin, bear
sharp right along the level track with views of
Stoodley Pike prominent on the hill to the left. Continue through a
gate and on a walled track through two further gates. When reaching a
wall corner and signpost, bear left and descend downhill over the
passing Catherine House Farm
left with its distinctive factory chimney
Continue along this road
crossing the next junction onto
Coppy Nook Lane. In a short distance the
first set of farms is reached. Here go left down at Bent Top Farm and
through a gate which leads further downhill.
Follow this track bearing right
at the corner and then left through a gate opposite a
track winds its way downhill further to another
Just before the
building go sharp left at a stile and through a stile on the right down
a stone paved track. At a gap in the wall on the left, go through to a
an initially level paved track alongside a wall. Follow this down to a
walled lane and turn right, down to the main road at
Crag (4.0 miles).
Cross the road and down a few
paces before turning sharp left, down to the
in the Wilderness and the
Hinchcliffe Arms. From the pub follow the main road up the
valley, ignoring the right turn at the old gate house and continuing
along the north side of Withins Clough for almost a mile to
Follow the path alongside the
right hand edge of the reservoir until a sign pointing to Stoodley Pike,
on the right. Follow this uphill approximately in a straight line until
half-way up. Then turn left at a walled lane.
Go along for approx 100 yards to
a water trough and over a stile to follow a level stone paved path with
wall on right. After a few
fields, the path goes right through a wall pass then left. Follow this
to join a wide track uphill and towards a distant building surrounded by
walls. At the wall and path corner, turn right uphill and through a gate
at the top onto the moor. Follow the stone path to the edge of the moor.
Studley Pike is on the right and provides a detour, if wished.
The descent down to
Mankinholes village is clearly marked by causeway stones winding
downhill to a walled track overlooking Lumbutts and Lee Dam. When you
reach the junction, do not go straight ahead but turn right over a stone
stile, onto a grass track between two walls to
When you reach the main road
carry straight on and pass the Youth Hostel, on the right. Keep straight
ahead until reaching the last house on the right and graveyard. This was
the old Sunday school built around 1800s, a sign post on the opposite
side points downhill to the Pennine Bridleway, go down to reach Top
From Top Brink Inn, follow the
cobbled road downhill towards the
At the bottom
of the hill, bear right along the main road going uphill for approx ¾
mile to Croft Gate farm on the right-hand side of the road at a bus
Calderdale Way sign beside the farm wall
points the way, up the farm access, to a gate at the far end. A stile a
little further on the left goes into a field and up to and over stiles
to emerge at a Longroyd Farm. Here the path bears left across a small
field to the equestrian centre on the opposite side. Go through and
follow the access road around to the left and on up to a ‘T’ junction.
Turn right and right again,
then all the way down to the (spire)
Keep following the road, curving
left downhill until the path leads to
Todmorden (2.7 miles).
miles; start satnav 0L14 6NU)
This part of the walk includes steep climbs and exposed moors. It is
the most strenuous section of the walk, but has some magnificent views.
Todmorden centre, turn left along Rochdale Road (A6033) to the end of
Morrison's supermarket. Then go
up Dobroyd Road to cross the canal and
railway line. Bear
left to continue along this steep road uphill to reach the entrance of
the gatehouse of
Continue forwards up Stones Road around the hairpin bend. Keep following
this road up past the ‘Private Road’ sign. There are views of
Castle down to the right. Keep climbing the
road to the top and then right at the Calderdale Way sign. Go along this
track and over the stile at the end.
angle left up the meadow to the top right hand corner. Then follow the
level contour along the wall side through stiles to reach the road at
the dwelling Todmorden Edge South.
Wet weather: continue ahead and rise up with
the wall on the right to join a gravel track and follow to the end to
reach a road. Turn left, up to the dwelling Todmorden Edge South, at the
Continue up the road for a short distance then turn sharp right at the
next junction. Go down approx 100 yards then right as signposted along a
grassy track and downhill to Buckley Wood. At the bottom go left down
Ewood Lane. the descent passes the
on the right to emerge on the Todmorden Road (A646).
Turn left and then cross the road.
Go left along the
main road to just past the playing fields. On the right, go along Stoney
Royd Lane which goes under the
and up to Stannally Farm. Continue around the farm building to follow
the steep track further uphill to the gate at the very top. Here the
track heads right uphill towards Rakes Hey Farm.
Take the track to the farm and along the back of the building. Follow
the track which bears left and then right. Bear right along a walled
bridleway to reach
and further along East Whirlaw Farm on the right and Cally Hall Farm
At this junction,
follow the road downhill towards a small bridge across Wickenberry
Clough. Head forwards and up for about 50 paces, to go left over a
stile. Follow this path straight ahead through fields and stiles to
emerge at the edge of the Golf Course. Keep to the left edge of the
course to emerge onto Hey Head Lane
Turn left for approximately 50 yards then right along the access to
East Hey Head Farm.
Follow the path through the farm to a stile where the route continues
onto Law Hill.
Following the way-markings, bearing gradually left over the brow of the hill. The path then descends down to a stone stile before
bearing right and then immediately left to follow the fencing to Killup
Ignore gate on the right and continue ahead with dwelling on the right
below. Continue to a stile where the path now takes you around a
hillside over a stream and left uphill and above the farm. Keep the farm
on the right and go left up the old
walled track, then right to reach a main road. Go uphill to the
junction then right along the road to reach Great Rock.
Take the signed path to the left of Great Rock then keep alongside a
wall to emerge at a ladder stile at the end. Follow the path down to the
road bridge. Cross the
bear right to follow the track in front of
The track then bears left between farm buildings to a stile which then
follows a line of electricity poles further uphill through fields and
stiles. Go through the gate at the top, bearing right to finally emerge
at Blackshaw Head
Look for a stile in the corner of the field, where the path bears
half-right to the next five stiles. Then head right to a gate in the
side of the wall, which turns left steeply down to Shawbottom House
At the house bear left and then immediately right on a path behind Shaw
Bottom. This surfaced track then becomes a rough lane as you head in the
Bridge. A little further on, a sign post on
the left-hand side of the track points towards the River Colden and
At the bottom of these steps, cross the bridge and bear right uphill.
Ignore the first stile
at the top and continue to the right along an ancient paved track.
to the next stile at the top corner of
Go through the stile, bearing right to follow the path through fields
and stiles, to reach a wider track. Turn left uphill to the junction and
then bear right to take you behind some cottages, through more stiles
and along a paved way to reach the final stile by a bench.
Continue to follow the track ahead and downhill, keeping the wall on the
left to emerge onto the road. Follow this uphill for a short distance to
a gap in the wall on the right. Carefully follow the top path, on the
left. Avoid the path gradually sloping down right. Emerge at the top of
the trees, giving a better view of
the surrounding hillside. Take care on this path as tired legs
and steep drops don’t mix. The path eventually accesses a track left
into Heptonstall (2.4 miles).
Crag, Pecket Well,
Farm (Luddenden Dean), Causeway Foot / Upper
(9.75 miles; start satnav HX7 7NB)
The section after Pecket Well
moorland and magnificent views.
Heptonstall centre by the Cross Inn, go on Northgate for approx 100
yards and opposite Northfield Terrace, bear right down a narrow track.
Descend passing a cottage,
keeping to the main path until you reach the main road. Go straight
across and follow the path continually down through the wood
passing cross tracks until you
reach the River Hebden at
Midgehole. Continue ahead and
right, across the river road bridge and up to the junction (left is car
park) at Hardcastle Crags
At junction, turn right to just
past the public conveniences. Turn sharp left to follow a track uphill.
At house, continue steeply uphill (not around the house) following the
sign to Pecket Well.
Bear right, avoiding steps on
left, and continue uphill until the route levels out through beech
drops to a stream and bridge. On the other side of the bridge, climb to
a cross track and turn left up a cobbled path and emerge on the A6033
near to Pecket Well
straight over this road then climb to the road above. Turn right along
this road (good views across right
to the Smeakin Hill War Memorial. At the second turning on the left
Shaw Croft Hill,
to a small group of buildings.
left alongside the houses, following a grassy track upwards. At the top
go straight across the junction and up a walled track to Slack Farm.
Continue up this track over a wooden stile, then turn sharp right at the
top. Follow the wall and continue on the main broad path ignoring stiles
on right. Shortly, an equestrian centre and reservoir appear down right.
Ignore path down to and through it. Continue around to the left of the
equestrian centre. Follow the track closest to it and then on towards
another farm ahead.
Go through the gate and angle
left away from the farm to the entrance of Warley Moor. Enter through
the stile to follow this round, keeping to the right ie the lower edge
of the moor. After approx ¾ mile Hebden Bridge Golf course is reached.
Follow this path, avoiding sharp
left, up to quarry. Stay on main path to curve around the back of
Follow this further onto the Moor itself. Go over a stile to follow a
track towards two distant trees. On reaching the trees, there is a stile
on the right, ignore this and continue on the path close to the wall to
its corner. To the left up a short detour is Churn Milk Joan, a stone
post. According to legend it marks
the spot where a
milkmaid , caught in a blizzard, froze to death.
From the wall corner, take the
path diagonally right, downhill, following the marker posts. As this
levels, bear left to follow the bottom edge of the moor.
A Calderdale Way sign is reached on the left
with a stile on the right. Ignore the stile and continue on the path
around the moor edge. Ignore the second stile on the right and continue
the curve around the moor with Ovenden Moor windmills on the horizon. Go
right over a stile to leave the moor.
Join a tarmac access road and go
left and downhill. This then bears right (ignore dirt road left) and at
a minor junction,
go left down
Dry Carr Lane. On descending note the third
house on the right. It has a footpath gate on the right of the building.
Turn sharp right
down the drive and then through the gate onto a field path, which angles
left down to Jerusalem
Lane. Turn right and follow this downhill for
approx 100 yards to a stile on the left.
weather: go down through the wood to
weather: continue down the road
and left down to Wade
bridge over Luddenden Brook,
then angle up right in the wood. Stay on main path. After approx 50 yards uphill, at junction, take path sharp left
and continue ahead. Keep straight on avoiding steps right (Saltonstall).
At wall corner, keep ahead to
join track. At gate go through stile into lane on left keeping to left
edge of wood.
Follow uphill to go around left
of a house (Hullet) and up steps into
Hays Lane. Continue right, up the road and
just around bend take rough track on left, uphill. Pass farm on left and
after bends before another farm ahead, go right to join lane. Turn right
on and up this walled lane to junction with
Castle Carr Lane
Go over the road and over a
stile with Calderdale Way
fingerpost. Angle half-right and follow path upward in a mainly straight
line. Cross brook bridge and Follow the track above the wall to stile
Turn right and then left into a
farm access and then go right to cross a short field and stile into
narrow path alongside edge of dam.
At road (and cottages), turn
left for short distance then right into field over stile. Cross field
going down to small bridge over brook. Continue uphill half-way, go
right over stile and left alongside the wall. Pass to left and curve
around building (Nolstar Boarding Kennels and holiday cottage) and
emerge on Cold Edge Road.
Turn left 30 yards and right at
stile and gate. Go down track at Hunter Hill with quarry on the right.
At a junction of broad paths, go ahead and through a wooden gate. This
descends with Mixenden reservoir appearing ahead in the distance. When
the whole of the reservoir is seen, angle left down a disintegrating
walled track. At the end this opens and becomes a steep field descent.
bottom, turn left on a lane for approx 50 yards and then right, through
a wooden gate. Go down through two fields to Stod Fold. Continue
straight through the centre and follow the road down to and over a
bridge, then up to a junction.
Turn right up
Lane Head Lane and continue up ignoring
Rocks Lane on left. approx 150 yards on is
Croftmount ‘pet resort’. Just after, on
the left are steps.
Go up these and over stiles and a short path to emerge at
The tarmac road is Per Lane.
Turn left along it to emerge at the main Keighley Road (A629), at Park
Lane Ends. The Moorlands Inn is 100 yards left towards Keighley,
is to the right. This section ends opposite
Blind Lane (half-right) at
Upper Brockholes (3.5 miles).
(the bus service to Halifax
is infrequent here, however, another half-mile to the Illingworth
housing estate provides frequent buses)
Upper Brockholes to
Catherine Slack (Queensbury), Shelf, Bailiff
miles: start satnav HX2 8XD)
Go along Blind Lane
to Pavement Lane. Cross this road and follow the farm access lane
through a couple of gates until you reach a field. Angle left across the
field to a gate. Turn left down the access lane in front of farm, Upper
West Scausby, and head towards a large gate. Just before it, turn left
into the farm yard and curve round to the right into the field. Here
angle left towards a house with ten narrow upstairs windows. Go
alongside this to a stile at bottom left field corner.
Go through the stile, along a narrow alley with house on left and
bungalow on right to Riley Lane. Cross the road and turn left, then
right, down the access alongside North Scausby Farm. Through stile to a
field with a stile at the bottom right corner.
Go right on the road for approx 30 yards and then left down a short
grassed and paved lane to a gate. Turn left on a short stretch along the
bottom of the farm to a wooden gate. Continue ahead on a grassy track
for about 30 yards and then turn right down a grassy walled track for
approx 300 yards. Near the bottom, go through a wall pass onto a path
with a brook on the left. Go through another wall pass, over a brook and
immediately right into the tree area.
Here are a series of ponds. Follow the path to the right of the first
pond and follow this until just before the third pond. Here take a path
to the right where a small bridge leads to a stile and a field.
Cross this diagonally to the top left-hand corner through a metal gate.
This is the least scenic part of the whole walk. Follow the path through
an industrial estate and continue on to
Holdsworth House residential hotel.
the drive by the hotel and follow to the end, to Holdsworth Road with St
Catherine’s High School opposite.
Turn left and follow the road downhill and round the corner to a
junction, on the left, also called Holdsworth Road. Turn left here and
left again on Brow Lane and follow this uphill.
Pass some terraced
houses on the left at School Cote. 100 yards further up the road, turn
right onto the steeply cobbled Crooked Lane. On reaching the top, turn
left and follow the sign pointing towards the ski slope. This is at the
junction of Queensbury Road (A647) and Swalesmoor Road at
At the junction, turn right along Swales Moor Road. After about 100 yards
turn left opposite the buildings at Slack End, down a steep track with
high walls either side. This bends right then left and becomes muddy at
an overflowing well. At the next junction, turn sharp right and continue
to go through a stile at a gate. Shortly bear left beside a gully
walking on stone flags. Follow this down, angling left to a stile and
wall pass at a wood.
Go over a stile with
Scout Hall on the right.
Built in 1681 and known as a
‘calendar building’: it has 365 window panes, 52 doors, 12 bays.
The original owner, John Mitchell, silk importer is said to have
held wild gambling parties. Pevsner (architectural historian) described
it as a ‘half-derelict palace’.
Angle left to a stile and down a path, later beside a stream
and down steps to the bridge at the bottom. Cross
and climb steps
gate at Simm Carr Lane.
Turn right on the lane until the first building Simm Carr, on the right
with a white gate at far end. Opposite is a stile and rising path.
Follow this to the top and then over a stile on the left. Go along top
edge of field to stile in corner into next rising field. Go up this,
close to left-hand edge and over stile into steeper field with stone
flags. Go through wall pass and into a lane. Turn right up the lane, go
through the gate and then farm and on to the main road.
At the junction, turn right on Paddock Road and continue to dwellings at
Cowling Lane. Turn left, then after 30 yards, turn right through a
stile., A path rises to a stile at the top. Turn right then almost
immediately left, between large
Follow the path and turn left at junction, continuing up the path to a
cross junction. Here turn right to a road. On the opposite side of the
road is a step stile, leading through fields around the back of the
At the end of the
third field, ignore the gate to the left and continue ahead through
stiles to a road. Turn left on Hud Hill Road and follow to meet the main
Brighouse and Denholmegate road at the
of York Inn
Cross over the road and go round the Inn to go down West Street.
Continue ahead and then along and up Cock Hill Lane; this becomes Shelf
Hall Lane. Pass the
junior school on the left and after another 100 yards turn right down
between buildings with Calderdale Way signpost. This emerges on Bradford
Road (A6036), at Shelf
Cross the road to an unmade lane,
Keep the park on the left and follow the lane downhill. Continue for
approximately half-a-mile to meet a farm at the end called
a stile on the left and angle right down towards another stile. Go down
and over a
bridge and up 114 steps to a
Regain breath, then turn right downhill and pass a house to where a
stile leads along a path through the top of North Wood. At the end bear
left through an opening into a field. Angle right uphill, towards a
pylon, to a stile. Turn right and follow the wall side into a grassy
lane leading to Middle Ox Heys Farm and then onto
At the main road, turn left and follow, passing the
Old White Beare pub.
Continue down to the
War Memorial at the crossroads.
Turn right on Rookes Lane, past the swings and then left on unmade road
passing Norwood Terrace on the left. Go down the track, passing Upper
Rookes Hall on the right and then the
Keep to the left boundary of the cricket field and walk down to cross
over a railway bridge and turn right into a field. Follow this downhill
to where a stile takes you across the A58 main road. On the opposite
side, to the right of Nord Green Nurseries, another stile enters a
field. Bear left and follow down to a
Go through the ginnel at housing estate and down Victoria Road all the
way to then end and left around the corner of the former
Punch Bowl pub at the
(3 miles) crossroads.
Go over the main
Bradford Road (A641) and up Birkby Lane beside Clifton House. Just
before the viaduct, take the road on the right, Birkhouse Road. The road
bears left under the arch of a defunct railway bridge then right along
Woolrow Lane (ignore road up left) continue along and then curve down
right around Common End Farm. Continue up the steep hill towards a
bungalow on the left and Woolrow Farm.
Turn left around the back of the bungalow to a stile. Then turn right
and follow the wall to descend the hill to the bottom, climbing over
stiles and through fields. At the bottom right corner is an opening onto
Thornhills Beck Lane.
Turn right and head downhill. After approx 100 yards turn left up
some steps, over a stile and
follow the path uphill to a gap in the wall at the right corner. Turn
right onto Thornhills Lane following the road as it turns sharp right
and left. At this corner is a house that was once a ‘fever’ hospital.
In 1892 a smallpox epidemic began at Clifton. Only 56 days later the
isolation hospital was built and opened. 300 people in total contracted
the disease, 29 died; Brighouse became a ‘ghost town’.
After about 200 yards turn right at a signpost and a stile to a path
through a field. Follow this downhill to a gap in the wall. Turn
keeping the wall
on the left and the
trees on the right, (the disused rail line). Continue to some steps which lead down to a main road (A643).
Cross and go down
Turn right onto Wakefield Road (A644), left into Grove Street and then
right, along Mill Lane to
(2 miles) and the finish of the walk.
These walk details prepared
for CREW are for CREW and Heartbeat,
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Long Distance Way