2.4 of 5 (14 votes)

Mirfield to Dewsbury along old railway lines

A moderate walk (city/town) starting and finishing in West Yorkshire, England, about 10.10km (6.28 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:00h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 34m (111ft)
Descent 37m (121ft)
Max. Elevation 90m (295ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 71m (232ft)
Wellington Road, Dewsbury
Distance 10.10km
Duration ~3:00h
2Created by mac.hawk on 31 Mar 2016
A walk for the times when the fields are full of mush! This route, initially along the canal towpath, then follows old railway lines, most of which have been tarmac'ed into 'Greenways'. Approx 7 miles long. The Greenways are part of the National Cycle Network so expect plenty of bikers en-route. Regular buses & trains serve Mirfield & Dewsbury from Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield & Wakefield.

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OS Grid SE203196
The walk starts from either the bus stops on Huddersfield Road by the junction with Station Road or from the railway station. 400 yards from either reach the canal and take the towpath west.
OS Grid SE214198
After 3/4 mile reach Shepley Bridge Marina and exit the towpath to reach the road and turn left to reach the Huddersfield Road junction and turn left again briefly.
About 1.16 km (~0.72 miles) from
OS Grid SE214199
On the north side of the road enter the Calder Valley Greenway arch and follow the tarmac path for 3/4 mile.
About 0.08 km (~0.05 miles) from
OS Grid SE217208
Reach an activity area (basket ball court etc) and follow the path left, then right, initially around the back of new apartments and carry on ahead to reach Shillbank Lane
About 0.98 km (~0.61 miles) from
OS Grid SE214209
At Shillbank Lane there's no access to the railway embankment so turn left for 1/4 mile to reach another disused rail line, climb the right hand bank on the far side of the old railway bridge.
About 0.29 km (~0.18 miles) from
OS Grid SE215213
Follow the embankment for 1/3 mile to where it descends to reach a minor road. At the road turn right then follow it as it turns left to reach housing. Follow the track ahead that rises a little.
About 0.46 km (~0.29 miles) from
OS Grid SE218221
Continue on directly ahead passing through two gap stiles adjacent wide gates (and a trig pillar on the right) into a wide lane at the right of which is a row of leylandii trees to reach a car park.
About 0.78 km (~0.48 miles) from
OS Grid SE213229
At the car park turn right briefly then left down the farm access road for 1/3rd mile. At the Ponderosa entrance turn left for another 1/3 mile through industrial units to reach Station Lane.
About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from
OS Grid SE215231
At Station Lane turn right briefly and after passing under the old railway bridge access the (signposted) Greenway (on the left) and turn left along the tarmac path.
About 0.26 km (~0.16 miles) from
OS Grid SE230206
Follow the tarmac Greenway for 2 miles to Scout Hill. As you approach the bright green bridge over the road (there's a large chimney and electricity pylon nearby) take the exit path down to the road.
About 2.96 km (~1.84 miles) from
OS Grid SE232206
Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and follow the waymarking to turn first right down Back Ravenswarf Road to reach the River Calder and turn left. Follow over the flood defence footbridge.
About 0.23 km (~0.14 miles) from
OS Grid SE236205
Once over the footbridge turn immediately left to soon reach Thornhill Road, cross & turn left over bridge, then turn right to rejoin the river & turn left and follow the river bank into Dewsbury.
About 0.44 km (~0.27 miles) from
OS Grid SE241215
At the end of the Greenway the road left ahead will take you to the railway station, right ahead to the bus station. The walks approx 7 miles in length.
About 1.03 km (~0.64 miles) from

2 comments... join the discussion!

13 Mar 2020

Chris is quite correct, east is east and it should not be west.Sadly, at the moment, I can't edit or delete this walk so I hope people will look at the comments page.

I'm going to notify the CFW team of this error in the hope they can amend it.

Chris Wilman
30 Sep 2019
Wrong Direction!

Waypoint 1 (the start) should say take the towpath East.
West takes you towards Brighouse or Huddersfield

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