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Best trails in Sowerby Bridge

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Looking for a great trail near Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, walking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Kinder Scout National Nature Reserve or Lyme Park. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Sowerby Bridge ranging from 0.7 to 11.8 miles and from 265 to 1,519 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (11)
#1 - Blackstone Edge Circular
Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
This walk is not solely about the ridge. It starts and finishes in softer country dotted with old farms and weavers cottages. Blackstone Edge is 1,323ft high, about half a mile long and runs along the Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire county boundary. The rocks have some appeal for rock climbers. Hollingworth Lake was constructed in 1800 to provide water for the Rochdale Canal. It is currently a mecca for many types of water sports. There are pubs, hotels and a chip shop in the area. The Roman road over Blackstone Edge Moor was well used by packhorse trains carrying wool and barrels of salt in 15 c. until the coming of the canals and turnpike roads. The stone remains are not thought to be Roman as they are less than 200yrs old. The Aiggin Stone on the Lancs/Yorks boarder is a Mediaeval guide stone some 600yrs old. The name Aiggin is said to have derived from the French Aiguillie, a needle.Show more
#2 - Scammonden Dam via Brooke Walk Circular Walk
Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
There are segments of this trail that are wheelchair accessible. Keep in mind that there are some steeper uphill areas. Show more
#3 - Hollingworth Lake and Piethorne Reservoir vie Tunshill Lane
Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 40 m
#4 - Sowerby Bridge Triangle
Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 4 h 48 m
This walk was part of the excellent "The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival 2013." Starting at the Sowerby Bridge train station allowed those 'taking the train' ample time to complete their journey. The varied route included - the disused old railway towards Ripponden (best seen in bluebell season), Norland Moor, historic Copley and the River Calder and canal. The Calderdale Way, followed for part of the way, forms a 50 mile long distance circular footpath devised in the 1970's. Historical notes - As at Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge was a crossing point on the Calder and Ryburn rivers since the middle ages. Domestic weaving in the surrounding hilltop villages gave way to powered mills by the river Calder where the first woollen mill in Yorkshire was established in 1792. In 1840 Branwell Bronte was engaged as 'assistant clerk in charge' at Sowerby Bridge Station and was paid £75 per annum. The Rishworth branch was built by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and opened in 1881. It was intended to extend the line to Littleborough to shorten the Calder Valley main line by 5 miles, but this never took place. The branch line was closed to passengers in 1929 and closed to freight in 1953. Norland Moor is an example of heather moorland. 'The Ladstone', is a large outcrop near the trig point, and has been linked with Druids as a place of ritual sacrifice. St Stephen's Church was built in a 'French inspired Gothic Style', just over the River Calder in Greetland as the rector of Halifax didn't want it built in his parish. At Copley, the local woollen mill owner, Colonel Edward Akroyd built a model village for his workers including a school, library and church which predates Sir Titus Salt's 'Saltaire' near Bradford. The Wainhouse Tower (275ft) was originally built as a chimney in 1875 to satisfy 'The smoke Abatement Act of 1870', a much simpler chimney would have sufficed, but the owner insisted it should be an object of beauty. It is now the tallest folly in the world and is open to the public. It has 403 steps. The canal basin at Sowerby Bridge is at the junction of the Rochdale Canal and the Calder and Hebble Navigation. It is so called 'Navigation' rather than canal because much of its 5 mile length to Wakefield uses the river.Show more
#5 - Baitings Reservoir and Ryburn Reservoir
Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
#6 - Ladstone Rock
Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
The Ladstone Rock is on top of Norland Moor. The name Ladstone comes from the Celtic word for kill- it is speculated that this rock may have been used as a place where witches were thrown to their deaths in the Middle Ages.Show more
#7 - Smithy Bridge to Hollingworth Lake
Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
#8 - Littleborough to Todmorden
Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 4 h 52 m
This is a linear walk from Littleborough to Todmorden over the moors via Clay Pots Hill and Gorpley Reservoir. The return can be made by either bus or train. The start was by the Rochdale Canal adjacent to the station. The Rochdale Canal was the first canal to cross the Pennines and was completed in 1804 connecting the Castlefield Basin in Manchester to Sowerby Bridge a distance of 32 miles. The last loaded barge to travel the whole length was in 1937. Leaving Littleborough the route was via Stubley Hall, the King William lV at Shore and Shore Hall a 17th c. yeoman's house before hitting the open access areas on the borders between Lancashire and Yorkshire. On the pennine moors it is impossible to escape the effects of waterlogged peat and today was no exception, so there were some areas of squelchy ground. It was not of any consequence, having come across much worse on the Kinder Plateau and on my own local Bowland Forest fells where the peat hags can literally swallow you up. Before the days of the construction of the turnpike roads along the valleys in the 18th c. the only safe routes were the packhorse trails over the moors marked by standing stones called 'stoops'. The descent was made via Gorpley Reservoir built in 1900 when Todmorden Corporation purchased the land for £5,900. Gorpley Clough is classed an 'Ancient Woodland' , which applies to a site that has been continuously wooded from before 1600. These ancient woods have over 1000's of years developed a diverse ecosystem. It is also of geological significance as the various layers of bedrock have been exposed. After crossing Bury road the route was via Dobroy Castle which was built as an extravagant mansion house by local mill owner John Fielden. The story goes is that he fell in love with local girl Ruth Stansfield who said that she would only marry him if he built her a castle. The couple married in 1857 and in due course the castle was built. Dobroy Castle has subsequently been used as a school, a Buddhist retreat and is currently an activity centre for primary school groups. It has 66 rooms. The descent to Todmorden in the late afternoon sun was a fitting finale to the days walk from Lancashire into Yorkshire, or according to taste since 1974, from the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale to the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale.Show more
#9 - Littleborough to Mills Hill
Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 5 h 42 m
This is a linear walk between the stations of Littleborough and Mills Hill taking in Hollingworth Lake, Ogden Reservoir, Dunwood Park, Tandle Hill, Healds Green and Chadderton Hall Park all linked by footpaths. From the Rochdale Canal Ealees Brook follow to the Hollingworth Visitor Centre. Then, around the lake on Rakewood Lane pass under the M62 (circa 1976) alongside Longden End Brook. Odgen Reservoir is one of five in the Piethorne Valley where there is still a Bleach and Dye works. This park has undergone vastly improved facilities including  an amazing climbing ‘boulder’. Tandle Hill was used as a meeting place for radicals in 19th c. and was used for practicing marching and drilling in the lead-up to the Peterloo Massacre. It was gifted to the people of Royton in 1919 and is now a country park. A war memorial obelisk, trig point and viewing indicator are at the top showing that it is 25 miles to Jodrell Bank and 7.5 miles to Manchester City Centre. A hall at Chadderton Hall Park was first built in 13th c. and at the end of 19th c. it became a public park with boating lake and a menagerie including a kangaroo and a lion.Show more
#10 - Ladston Rock Short Walk
Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 23 m
This is the shortest way to walk to the Ladstone Rock that is located on top of Norland Moor. The name Ladstone comes from the Celtic word for kill- it is speculated that this rock may have been used as a place where witches were thrown to their deaths in the Middle Ages.Show more
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