RippondenSowerby Bridge

Ripsow one
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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Ripponden and Sowerby Bridge.

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Grid Ref SE0404919898
Lat / Lon 53.67555° / -1.94018°
Easting / Northing 404,049E / 419,898N
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Sowerby Bridge
Grid Ref SE0619423476
Lat / Lon 53.70769° / -1.90764°
Easting / Northing 406,194E / 423,476N

Ripsow One's land is

Pasture 8.9%
Urban 22.7%
Woods 68.4%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



23 Feb 2022 Winter

What looked on the map like a fine off-road route which avoids the busy A58 along a dismantled railway line between two old mill towns, following the River Ryburn mostly through deciduous woodland, in fact turns out to be for the most part on a wet, wintry day a squelch through quagmire.
The problem being that the old railway line passes through an impressively deep rock cutting for about half of its length - which has no drainage. In the boggiest bits the muddy water will even go over your wellies. These are avoidable to some extent if you climb up the sides of the cutting and then follow instead the network of obviously well-walked muddy paths that run along the top.
But if you also add in a section where, amongst some dilapidated huts, horse boxes and rubbish lying about everywhere, there has been a fair bit of flytipping, it all leads to the impression that, certainly in winter, this is a disappointing walk which can be surprisingly hard going in places.
I hope others who may walk and review this route in spring or summer will find it an altogether more pleasant experience!.

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