GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Halifax Canal Circular Walk

9 miles (14 km)

This circular walk around Halifax explores the waterways and woods to the south of the town.
Start the walk from the train station and then head south along the Hebble Way which takes you along the Hebble Brook. This will lead you to the Halix Arm of the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal where you can pick up the towpath and head east. It's a nice flat footpath with good views of the River Calder and the surrounding countryside of Calderdale. The path passes along the edge of Elland Park Wood which is a nice place to see bluebells in the springtime. Just before you reach Brighouse you can leave the canal, picking up the Calderdale Way. This long distance, waymarked trail will take you north west through Cromwell Wood and Upper Exley before returning you to the canal. You can then follow the same waterside paths north to return to Halifax town centre and train station.
To continue your walking around Halifax head north west of the town to visit Ogden Water where there's a nice footpath running around the reservoir. It is actually at the opposite end of the Hebble Brook which forms part of this walk. To the east of the town you will find Shibden Park. There's some lovely trails here taking you to a beautiful mere, a Wilderness Garden, cascades and pools, woodland and a fruit garden with a collection of heritage fruit trees.

Halifax OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Halifax Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Halifax

  • Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal - This section of the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal runs along National Cycle Network route 66 from Sowerby Bridge to Brighouse
  • Elland Park Wood - These woods in Halifax have some nice walking trails and pretty bluebells in the springtime
  • Shibden Park - This delightful country park in Halifax is the perfect place for a peaceful afternoon stroll
  • Ogden Water - Enjoy fabulous views of the Pennine hills in this country park near Halifax
  • Calderdale Way - The Calderdale Way is a walking circuit around the beautiful district of Calderdale in West Yorkshire
  • Horton Bank Country Park - This pretty country park in Bradford has some well laid out walking trails to try.
  • Chellow Dene Reservoir - Visit this lovely beauty spot on the outskirts of Bradford on this easy circular walk in West Yorkshire
  • Shibden Valley - This circular walk explores Shibden Valley and Shibden Dale near Halifax in West Yorkshire


Path by Hebble Brook (2565267380)

Path by Hebble Brook

Hebble Brook - - 1542617

Hebble Brook

Hebble Brook at Dean Clough, Halifax (12090240734)

Hebble Brook at Dean Clough, Halifax

Path alongside Hebble Brook - Bottoms - - 736595

Path alongside Hebble Brook

Halifax Arm, Calder and Hebble Navigation - - 785362

Halifax Arm, Calder and Hebble Navigation The Calder and Hebble originally had a Halifax Branch, rising through 14 wide locks from Salterhebble Junction on the Main Line, over 1 mile 6 furlongs to Halifax Wharf. Most of this closed in 1944, leaving just this short arm which is seen looking back towards Salterhebble from the A629 road bridge.

Halifax Arm of the Calder and Hebble Navigation (15837644402)

Halifax Arm of the Calder and Hebble Navigation

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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