GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Spen Valley Greenway

8 miles (13 km)

This splendid cycling and walking route runs along a disused railway line from Dewsbury to Oakenshaw near Bradford. The path is well surfaced and entirely traffic free. As such it is ideal for families with young children or anyone looking for a nice easy ride or walk.
You start off at Dewsbury, close to the train station, and follow the River Calder west to the start of the rail trail at the Ravensthorpe entry point. You then head north west through Iversedge and Cleckheaton, passing awildlife reserve and a rolling golf course as you go. The trail is also lined with a number of sculptures such as Sally Matthew’s flock of Swaledale Sheep, constructed from recycled industrial scrap.
The trail comes to an end around Oakenshaw but you have the option of continuing along the National Cycle Network into Bradford which is only a few miles further north.
If you're on foot then you can link up with either the Kirklees Way or the Spen Way Heritage Trail at Oakenshaw.

Spen Valley Greenway OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Spen Valley Greenway Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

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Spen Valley Greenway, Mallard Cl, Heckmondwike

The former railway passes through new houses in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire.

Spen Valley Greenway, Dewsbury - geograph.org.uk - 78290

Spen Valley Greenway, Dewsbury, near the entry point at the start. This Sustrans cycleway, which extends from the canal near Dewsbury to Oakenshaw, with a projected extension through the Transperience site to Bradford, has been a great success. The main reason is that, although it appears semi-rural with plenty of trees around, it passes a great many houses such as the ones on the left. It is also close to the centres of Heckmondwike, Liversedge and Cleckheaton. Like many cycleways, it is on the bed of a disused railway.

'Swaledale Flock' sculpture at Spen Valley Greenway, Liversedge - geograph.org.uk - 104750

'Swaledale Flock', Liversedge. This trailside sculpture represents a complete flock of eleven sheep.

Spen Valley Greenway, Cleckheaton - geograph.org.uk - 525925

Seat at Cleckheaton. This is the section between the bridge over the M62 and the one over the A58. The area to the right, between these two roads, is mature woodland although this is not indicated on the OS 1:25000 map. You can see one of several seats of this design on the cycleway - they are works of art on the theme of a wheel.

Artistic seat, Spen Valley Greenway, Liversedge - geograph.org.uk - 104755

Artistic seat, Liversedge

Snelsins Bridge, Cleckheaton - geograph.org.uk - 526571

Snelsins Bridge, entry point at Cleckheaton. This was a railway bridge built presumably to maintain access from Snelsins Farm to some of its fields. It now also carries a public footpath over the Spen Valley Greenway and there is a path down the embankment to link the two.

Building site at Moor End, Cleckheaton - geograph.org.uk - 526628

Building site at Moor End, Cleckheaton. Industry gives way to suburbia. The foreground was part of the gas works, and beyond Whitechapel Road, unseen in this view, the land was a tar works. The old houses are on Snelsins Road, and the view is from the Greenway.

Railway Bridges over Railway Street, Heckmondwike - geograph.org.uk - 263198

Railway Bridges over Railway Street, Heckmondwike. The two parallel bridges were necessary because the station was just beyond them, and had an island platform. This arrangement probably reduced the overall width of the station and thus of the embankment that it is built on. The entrance to the station was up steps between the two bridges. The railway is now the Spen Valley Greenway, Sustrans Route 66. In the foreground is one of the quirky signposts, and against the wall a monster sculpture.

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Memory Map Route

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