3.1 of 5 (37 votes)

Dewsbury circular via Ossett

A moderate walk (city/town) in West Yorkshire, England, about 9.90km (6.15 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 86m (282ft)
Descent 97m (318ft)
Max. Elevation 110m (360ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 183m (600ft)
Start & End
Dewsbury Railway Station
Distance 9.90km
Duration ~3:00h
2Created by mac.hawk on 23 Oct 2016
7.5 mile walk along Calderdale Greenways (converted disused railway lines) & canal towpath. A good route for the days when the fields are full of mush. Add another mile if you wander around Osset town centre (and why wouldn't you?), Market Days are Tues & Fri. Dewsbury is on the Leeds-Manchester line and is well served by buses from West & South Yorkshire.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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OS Grid SE242218
Exit the railway station via the booking office & cross the road at the traffic lights. Take Wellington Street downhill to a road junction then follow the waypost down Southgate to the bus station.
OS Grid SE244216
Pass through the bus station & exit opposite the Minster. Cross the busy roads to the far left rear of the Minister (opposite the tower end) to join Longcauseway and follow it ahead.
About 0.29 km (~0.18 miles) from
OS Grid SE247213
Follow Longcauseway briefly to soon turn right down Sands Lane to follow the river on your right. After 1/4 mile turn left into vegetation to follow the light blue wayposts towards Ossett.
About 0.38 km (~0.24 miles) from
OS Grid SE255207
The tarmac path soon veers left, then right to reach a junction by 3 sculptures. Take the left hand path (wayposted Ossett) follow it uphill to shortly pass through an old (illuminated) railway tunnel
About 1.00 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid SE271201
Shortly reach a path junction and take the ahead right option. Follow the old railway line for 1 1/2 miles to reach housing and a road. Take the road slightly to the left ahead into West Wells Road.
About 1.77 km (~1.1 miles) from
OS Grid SE273201
There's some nice old flagging/cobbles up WW Road. Follow the road uphill, to the first junction & follow the road to the right (this is actually still WW Road) to reach a main road (Queen Street).
About 0.16 km (~0.1 miles) from
OS Grid SE276202
The route turns right here but straight ahead up Bank Street you'll find Ossett town centre which on Market Days (Tues & Fr) is a nice attraction. OK turn right for 1/4 mile.
About 0.29 km (~0.18 miles) from
OS Grid SE279198
Just after a bus stop turn right and follow Healey Road downhill for 3/4 mile. At the bottom carry on ahead taking the footbridge over the river and underpasses across railway lines to reach the canal
About 0.50 km (~0.31 miles) from
OS Grid SE266190
Turn right & follow the canal towpath. After a little over a mile reach the canal spur on the left, ignore it & carry on ahead. The canal soon runs adjacent the road and passes under a railway bridge.
About 1.46 km (~0.91 miles) from
OS Grid SE248205
Immediately beyond the old railway bridge turn right up a tarmac path to reach another disused railway line. Carry on ahead to cross the river Calder.
About 2.35 km (~1.46 miles) from
OS Grid SE251213
A little way beyond the river return to the 'Sculptures' junction we reached on the way out. Turn right a few paces (retracing your outward route).
About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid SE250215
Look to the left & see a path heading left into woodland following metal fencing on it's right. This is a section of the Kirklees Way. Follow to reach a trailer park.
About 0.28 km (~0.17 miles) from
OS Grid SE248217
Carry on directly ahead through the trailer park to reach the Wakefield Road. Turn left, then shortly left again to return to the Minster and retrace to your start position.
About 0.26 km (~0.16 miles) from

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Tim Woods
16 Apr 2018
Rubbish On The Walk

It can ruin a walk, agreed, but at least people are beginning to realise the damage plastics cause. The best option would be to notify the local council, so they can look into the issue (although how high up their priority list it will be in these austere times, I don't know).


16 Apr 2018
Rubbish Dump Not Beautiful Riverside Walk

The walk could be lovely if it wasn't for the litter and the trees covered with ragged pieces of plastic. The trail looked more like a rubbish dump. I wonder if the majority of user actually have any love and respect for their home and environment to leave it like that. Of course if the nearby businesses don't properly store rubbish/packaging in windy conditions then responsibility is also there

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