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Halifax

West Yorkshire


Slow Ways linking Halifax and Bradford, Brighouse, Denholme, Elland, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge, Thornton (Bradford)

England / West Yorkshire / Halifax

Halifax’s seven Slow Ways are 54% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 7/7
verified: 1/7
and surveyed: 0/7

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Walk to Halifax from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Denholme—Halifax
Denhal one

Double check Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 346m Descent 495m
Denholme—Halifax
Denhal two Pioneer me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 394m Descent 542m
Halifax—Bradford
Halbra one

Double check Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 364m Descent 399m
Halifax—Brighouse
Halbri one

Double check Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 290m Descent 210m
Halifax—Elland
Halell one Review me Distance 6km/3mi Ascent 97m Descent 143m
Halifax—Thornton (Bradford)
Haltho one Survey me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 320m Descent 418m
Hebden Bridge—Halifax
Hebhal one

Double check Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 255m Descent 294m
Sowerby Bridge—Halifax
Sowhal one

Double check Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 147m Descent 89m
Sowerby Bridge—Halifax
Sowhal two Review me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 139m Descent 84m
Sowerby Bridge—Halifax
Sowhal three Verify me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 174m Descent 119m

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Collective progress

50% of Halifax’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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9/10

reviewed

0/10

surveyed

1/10

verified

8 people have contributed to Halifax’s Slow Ways

0 people have pledged to walk and review a route

0 people have surveyed a route in Halifax

79km out of 92km have been walked and reviewed

116km of reviews have been shared in Halifax

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Firstly, the bridge leading from Lilly Lane leads to a long and uneven staircase ending in a narrow tunnel (complete with shards of glass on the floor) underneath the railway, This felt somewhat unsafe; I would have turned around if it hadn't been the middle of the day. The path down from Water Lane along the Hebble Brook begins with another uneven staircase to a very overgrown and dingy path, which then leads to what seems to be a graffiti hotspot. There appears to be a path on the route going left from Siddal Top Lane which doesn't exist (although there is actually a turning nearby that leads to a dead end and a big pile of ash). I continued on, taking the first left to meet Coalpit Lane. From Coalpit Lane until Southowram, the 'path' was very difficult to determine, as it was basically just fields....

harry

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Although this route is steep and slightly rough underfoot in places the only set of steps was in the underpass at Sowerby Bridge station and could easily be avoided using the station approach road instead....

RGW

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I’m awarding 3 stars to this route mostly because it is so indirect, and also due to the pungent aromas for about 1km at the halfway point around the sewerage works. Despite this, I would certainly recommend this route if travelling in the uphill direction (Sowerby Bridge to Halifax), if your desire is to limit the amount of climbing and keep to a manageable gradient....

Jane Taylor

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I found the walk out of Halifax interesting and it made good use of paths and quieter roads. Another minor niggle - more a preference really - is that I would have preferred to make more use of the canal path at Sowerby Bridge rather than keeping to the main road. I would highly recommend this route for direction Halifax - Sowerby Bridge....

Jane Taylor

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Route takes you along bird Holme lane - past the most docile highland cattle who are usually blocking the often muddy route - this could be avoided if needed by turning right up Wood Lane which takes you up to A 644 a bit earlier - there are a few paths then that you could follow to rejoin the route at coley church Riding hill/ manorley lane is a narrow quiet road with no footpath - but cars can speed up here...

Riggy

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Apart from the very beginning near SB station this is an excellent mostly flat, some tow path cobbles, some tarmac, enjoyable canal side path....

Paul Simpkins

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The walk starts with a steep cobbled path up from old lane after going under the bridge. Photo 2 - the steep steps up side of house off Clarendon road. Photo 3 - stile through fields above Clarendon road which take you onto Bradford old road Back to the route up fleet lane and on to glazier road -...

Riggy

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Sowerby Bridge—Halifax

Sneil68 added Sowhal three, a new walk from Sowerby Bridge to Halifax

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Sowerby Bridge—Halifax

Sneil68 added Sowhal two, a new walk from Sowerby Bridge to Halifax

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Instead of turning right out of the station and walking along the road (see photo 1) to cross the river and canal, turn left initially then, c.50m along the road, turn right to cross a footbridge over the riveri Turn right to take you into town and cross the Rochdale canal along the high street (A58) to Sowerby Bridge Wharf, the centre of efforts to rejuvenate town....

Sneil68

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Step over the low wall at the end of the overflow weir (where the couple are walking in photo 3. below) before you get to the bridge, and follow the wall to you left to get up onto the bridge. The first can be avoided (along with the not particularly pleasant and tricky route that takes you through a housing estate) by continuing along the canal for a further 0.5km, to cross both canal and the A646 at Luddendenfoot, and then walking up Luddenden Lane to rejoin the route at its junction with Kershaw Drive.....

Sneil68

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Denholme—Halifax

Michael Steele added Denhal two, a new walk from Denholme to Halifax

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There, it goes left and follows the contour on a track, which becomes an indistinct footpath over a small stile to reach Bradford Old Road in front of a house. Turn right along Bradford Old Road, climbing initially. Turn right downhill on a partially paved path to reach a bridge over the Red Beck with steps beyond onto a road. Keeping left on the road at the top of the path led me to Ford Hill (A647) where the Route goes right. The Route goes left on Fleet Lane which is largely straight and leads to a footpath and right turn on a wide track to the A644 at Mountain....

Michael Steele

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I would recommend one small change at the Queensbury end where the marked route is not easy to follow - rather than taking the footpath right partway down Hill End Lane, which becomes indistinct in the woods on the other side and can leave you lost in low trees - as a local I walk a few hundred yards further down to Hazel Hirst Road and take the pathway right at Hazel Hirst Farm, which is clearer and joins on to the marked route a little further down....

Robert Glover

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The Calderdale Way (which the Route subsequently rejoins) turns left to follow Holdsworth Road downhill, but the Route goes a short distance right before turning left through a gap in the wall above the entrance to Playing Fields onto a diverted footpath skirting the playing fields outside a fence. From the high points, here, looking ahead the buildings of Halifax Town Centre are visible straight ahead and down hill, but the Route is to go left and uphill. From Catherine Slack junction re-enter Calderdale on Swales Moor Road, and opposite the first buildings on the left, go right, downhill, on a modern driveway, again following the Calderdale Way logo. The Route continues along the side of the tree-lined Shibden Valley , with way markings somewhat spasmodic until it approaches Scout Hall, a remarkable Georgian House in course of renovation, There the Calderdale Way goes left, downhill, but the Route continues past the main entrance onto the drive to Lee Lane (known to cyclists as 'The Shibden Wall'), which it joins on a hairpin bend. Straight on for 25 yards the road goes left, but the Route takes an unmarked footpath on the right which roughly follows the contour....

Michael Steele

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Halifax

danravenellison surveyed Halifax

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At the end of the dam wall the Route takes a left turn (Photo 10), and after 200 yards takes the moderately difficult left fork as the path splits (Photo 11). At the bottom of this path, take a left over a bridge (Photo 12), through a 'squeeze' beside a gate (Photo 13) and onto a small road past Halifax Golf Club (Photos 14 and 15). As the drive joins a road look for a small path on the left (Photo 19) and follow this up hill and through two squeezes (Photo 20) to a gate (Photo 21) next to the Mount Zion Chapel (Photo 22). Turn left on Per Lane and at the end follow the Calderdale Way Waymarks across A629 to Blind Lane (Photo 23. 24)....

Michael Steele

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Denholme—Halifax

Slow Ways added Denhal one, a new walk from Denholme to Halifax

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Halifax—Bradford

Slow Ways added Halbra one, a new walk from Halifax to Bradford

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Halifax—Brighouse

Slow Ways added Halbri one, a new walk from Halifax to Brighouse

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Halifax—Elland

Slow Ways added Halell one, a new walk from Halifax to Elland

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Halifax—Thornton (Bradford)

Slow Ways added Haltho one, a new walk from Halifax to Thornton (Bradford)

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Hebden Bridge—Halifax

Slow Ways added Hebhal one, a new walk from Hebden Bridge to Halifax

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Sowerby Bridge—Halifax

Slow Ways added Sowhal one, a new walk from Sowerby Bridge to Halifax

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Halifax, Sun 21 April

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Halifax’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SE0939725348

Lat / Lon

53.72447° / -1.85907°

Easting / Northing

409,397E / 425,348N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Halifax's meeting point

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Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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