Hebden BridgeSowerby Bridge

Hebsow one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Hebden Bridge and Sowerby Bridge.

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Hebden Bridge
Grid Ref SD9922727282
Lat / Lon 53.74193° / -2.01320°
Easting / Northing 399,227E / 427,282N
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Sowerby Bridge
Grid Ref SE0619423476
Lat / Lon 53.70769° / -1.90764°
Easting / Northing 406,194E / 423,476N
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Hebsow One's land is

Natural grass 16.6%
Pasture 39.7%
Urban 39.7%
Woods 3.9%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



11 Mar 2023 Winter

I also walked from Sowerby Bridge to Hebden Bridge.
I would agree with the previous reviews of this route, particularly about the amount of walking on narrow country lanes where vehicles are coming at quite a speed. The views are amazing and the climbs are great. I liked that the route went up into the woods rather than just following the canal coming into Hebden Bridge though there are some parts of it where it was challenging to find the paths.

Lindsay M

01 Jan 2022 Winter

Initial climb from Sowerby Bridge rail station.
Good views into and across the valley.
Lane walking, fields and wooded footpaths.
Fields do have cows, which would be an issue in summer.
Pretty lanes (but busy) and small hamlets on the tops.
Walk through Mytholmroyd could incorporate the canal, rather than walking along the road.
Steep descent back into Hebden Bridge.


01 Jan 2022 Winter

Walked the route east to west. The first few miles were along not very exciting roads. The walk did improve as we made our way across fields using well marked footpaths.

There are fine views across the Calder valley and the walk does take in a varied landscape.


07 Dec 2021 Autumn

Walked from east to west ('Sowheb'?), the first 3 miles of this walk is a real drag, first up the busy Sowerby New Road and then along Sowerby Lane, a well used narrow road. Once off that road however, the walking improves considerably with views over Hathershelf Scout Wood towards Cragg Vale, and notorious 'Coiners' country!
There are great views all along the route over the Calder Valley. Half way, where you cross to the north side of the valley, the town of Mytholmroyd offers opportunities for refreshments with its shops, cafe and pubs. After Broad Bottom, the path below Burlees beech wood is both beautiful and quiet (being high enough above the busy A646), and the route drops you surprisingly close into Hebden Bridge town centre with just a short stretch of canal towpath to complete it.
N..B. The path above Hall Bank at GR016253 is blocked by a barbed wire fence, but a much better and less steep alternative is found just 100m further along by following a paved byway in a curve round to the right.

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