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Sowerby Bridge

West Yorkshire


Slow Ways linking Sowerby Bridge and Cragg Vale, Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Ripponden

England / West Yorkshire / Sowerby Bridge

Sowerby Bridge’s five Slow Ways are 55% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 1/5
and surveyed: 0/5

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Slow Way Route To do
Cragg Vale—Sowerby Bridge
Crasow one

Review me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 302m Descent 193m
Cragg Vale—Sowerby Bridge
Crasow two Pioneer me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 221m Descent 322m
Hebden Bridge—Sowerby Bridge
Hebsow one

Survey me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 344m Descent 359m
Hebden Bridge—Sowerby Bridge
Hebsow two Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 81m Descent 97m
Ripponden—Sowerby Bridge
Ripsow one Review me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 146m Descent 99m
Sowerby Bridge—Elland
Sowell one Review me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 93m Descent 84m
Sowerby Bridge—Elland
Sowell two Pioneer me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 320m Descent 311m
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

48% of Sowerby Bridge’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

10/10

drawn

8/10

reviewed

0/10

surveyed

1/10

verified

8 people have contributed to Sowerby Bridge’s Slow Ways

1 people have pledged to walk and review a route

0 people have surveyed a route in Sowerby Bridge

56km out of 71km have been walked and reviewed

105km of reviews have been shared in Sowerby Bridge

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This is an ideal Slow Way route following national cycle route 66 from Hebden Bridge to Sowerby Bridge. Walked on a hot sunny afternoon, much of the route was along pleasantly shaded paths next to the railway. This route is flat, and step free....

RGW

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Hebden Bridge—Sowerby Bridge

RGW added Hebsow two, a new walk from Hebden Bridge to Sowerby Bridge

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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 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....

Woffenden

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I walked Elland to Sowerby Bridge and it's very straight forward though there were some restoration work being done so there were some diversions. Only downside of the route is the huge amount of fly tipping that is around the route....

Woffenden

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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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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....

Sneil68

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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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Cragg Vale—Sowerby Bridge

Sneil68 added Crasow two, a new walk from Cragg Vale to Sowerby Bridge

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As a direct route between Cragg Vale and Sowerby Bridge (SB) this is OK for Slow Ways purposes, although all but the first km after the climb up out of Cragg Vale is on roads which steadily get wider and busier the nearer you get to SB. To compensate a bit there are great panoramic views over the Calder Valley eastwards once you pass the summit by Aaron Hill. I am slightly mystified as to why the Slow Ways team didn't propose a walk that passed over this piece of access land, instead of bypassing it, and then continue on (mostly) tracks and paths for a further 4km, which would leave only the last km or so down the road into SB....

Sneil68

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Lane walking, fields and wooded footpaths....

Lindsay M

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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....

Mihaiti

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Sowerby Bridge

Lisa Wilkinson surveyed Sowerby Bridge

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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....

Sneil68

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Too much tarmac...

Pete Thomasson

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I walked this route in the opposite direction (from Sowerby Bridge to Cragg Vale) and connected it with other Slow Ways routes to Hebden Bridge and then to Todmorden to make a good day walk. Although this route is almost entirely on roads they are mainly little country lanes with hardly any traffic. The route is lovely, great views into the Calder Valley, passing by some interesting old buildings, and Cragg Vale is a pretty area too....

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Cragg Vale—Sowerby Bridge

Slow Ways added Crasow one, a new walk from Cragg Vale to Sowerby Bridge

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Hebden Bridge—Sowerby Bridge

Slow Ways added Hebsow one, a new walk from Hebden Bridge to Sowerby Bridge

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Ripponden—Sowerby Bridge

Slow Ways added Ripsow one, a new walk from Ripponden to Sowerby Bridge

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Sowerby Bridge—Elland

Slow Ways added Sowell one, a new walk from Sowerby Bridge to Elland

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Sowerby Bridge—Elland

Slow Ways added Sowell two, a new walk from Sowerby Bridge to Elland

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Sowerby Bridge—Halifax

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

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Sowerby Bridge, Wed 24 April

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Sowerby Bridge’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SE0619423476

Lat / Lon

53.70769° / -1.90764°

Easting / Northing

406,194E / 423,476N

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Facilities

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

Public toilet

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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