Spen Way Heritage Trail

A long distance path of 21 miles in West Yorkshire, the trail explores the history of the old textile manufacturing area, visiting Cleckheaton, Scholes, East Bierley and Gomersal. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

Google Maps Open Source Maps

Statistics and Files
Start: Royds Park, Cleckheaton
Distance: 21 miles (34 km)
Grid Ref: SE199246
Climbing: 625 metres
Walk time: 8-10 hours
Days: 1-2

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Spen Way Heritage Trail is a long distance footpath which comprises of a circuit and valley path in the former borough of Spenborough and River Spen, a tributary of the River Calder. The Way explores the history of the old textile manufacturing area, visiting Scholes, East Bierley and Gomersal through a varied mixture of urban areas, parkland and farmland. It was created by Cleckheaton and District Rotary Club in 2000 as a Millennium project. It starts at Rawfolds Park and passes through surrounding villages of Roberttown, Hartshead, Clifton, Scholes, Oakenshaw, Hunsworth, Birkenshaw and Gomersal. It highlights the architectural and cultural legacy of the woollen trade and the later industrial revolution. It includes fine yeomen's houses, churches, pubs, Luddite and Quaker sites, and Charlotte Bronte's friends' houses, which later featured in her novels. (Source: LDWA)

Useful Links:
Spen Valley Civic Society
Long Distance Walkers Association

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