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.
Brighouse, Southowram, West Vale, Norland, Ripponden, Mill Bank
(11.5 miles; start satnav HD6 1PQ)
This section is a relatively easy introduction to 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 Wood.
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
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
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
left up West Lane, passing
Marshalls 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 that has been
half-built for years.
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 gap in the
wall 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.
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
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
at West Vale
between Clay House and barn, to the rear of the house. Cross lawn to gap
in boundary wall into the start of North Dean Wood. Turn left a few
paces then angle 45˚
right up narrow path through wall gap and up beside metal fence. Follow
this round to left and along to meet ginnel on right.
to a lane. Turn left to about the third wall gap on the right which has
a fading CW sign. There are stone steps most of the way up and angling
to the left to emerge on a road up to Bank Top. Turn left, wall has
another fading CW sign, and follow to a left bend. Here, turn right
along lane between field walls.
narrow path to the wood and immediately left just inside wood. Continue
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
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
Norland (2.5 miles).
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.
the path edge to reach
Rock. Follow path keeping to right until the end descent to the
main road. Go ahead to just before the
turn 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.
the path crosses a field to a track and eventually on to the main road.
Turn right downhill. Pass the
and leave the main road taking the right fork,
quieter road down to St Bartholomew’s Church
past the Church, and across the River Ryburn packhorse bridge to
The Old Bridge Inn.
Follow the cobbled
road up to the main
road (A58) cross over and walk up
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.
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
Town. Turn right to pass
Making Place Hall.
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)
Mill Bank, Crag Vale,
start satnav HX6 3ED )
part of the walk goes over the moors near Studley Pike; an exposed
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.
short distance, reach a T-junction and go left
with views, on the left, into
reservoir 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
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.
included a ‘boiling oil’ trough linked to a tank of diesel oil and a
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.
concrete bunker is the control. The decoy fire was located south west
towards Great Manshead Hill.
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
Catherine House Farm
on the left with its distinctive factory chimney
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.
this track bearing right at the corner and then left through a gate
This track winds its way downhill further to another
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Top Brink Inn, follow the cobbled road downhill towards 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
a 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
then all the way down to the
following the road, curving left downhill until the path leads to
Todmorden, Blackshaw Head, Heptonstall
start satnav 0L14 6NU)
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
to cross the canal and
line. Bear left to continue along this steep road uphill to reach
the entrance of the gatehouse of
Continue forwards up
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.
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 right-hand bend.
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
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
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
hill. The path then descends down to a stone stile before bearing right
and then immediately left to follow the fencing to
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
and 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 direction of Hebden
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
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, Hardcastle Crag, Pecket Well,
Farm (Luddenden Dean), Causeway Foot /
start satnav HX7 7NB)
section after Pecket Well
exposed moorland and magnificent
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
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
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 trees. It
then 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
straight over this road then climb to the road above. Turn right along
(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
clubhouse. 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
, 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
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
go down through the wood to
continue down the road
(4 miles) and left down to
bridge over Luddenden Brook, then angle up right in the wood. Stay
on main path.
approx 50 yards uphill, at junction, take path sharp left and continue
ahead. Keep straight on avoiding steps right (Saltonstall).
wall corner, keep ahead to join track. At gate go through stile into
lane on left keeping to left edge of wood.
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
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 into lane.
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.
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.
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.
the 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
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,
Halifax is to
the right. This section ends opposite
Blind Lane (half-right) at
(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,
start satnav HX2 8XD)
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
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.
Enter the drive by the hotel and follow
to the end, to
Road with St Catherine’s High School
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
and follow this uphill.
terraced houses on the left at School Cote. 100 yards further up the
road, turn right onto the steeply cobbled
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.
in 1681 and known as a
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
Angle left to a stile and down a path, later beside a stream and down
steps to the bridge at the bottom. Cross
to a 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
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
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
in between buildings
signpost. This emerges on Bradford Road (A6036), at
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
Go over a stile on the
left and angle right down towards another stile. Go down and over a
bridge and up 114 steps
to a lane.
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
Memorial at the crossroads.
Turn right on
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.
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
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
following the road as it turns sharp right and left. At this corner is a
house that was once a ‘fever’ hospital.
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
the right, (the disused rail line). Continue
to some steps which lead down to a main road (A643).
Cross and go down
Alegar Street. 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.
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book of the walk:>
Association 01422 204150
Long Distance Way