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Sowerby Bridge Triangle is a 9.5 mile loop trail located near Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length 9.5 mi Elevation gain 1,453 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Walking Partially paved River Views Wild flowers Historic site Pub walk
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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.

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Michelle O'Mahoney
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The beginning of this walk isn't nice. Try not to be put off as the first bit of the footpath is really really off putting but bare with it. It is overgrown and looks like you'd trip on some drug paraphernalia but only a 100 yards beyond that is woodland. Wear good shoes as it is muddy along the woodland trail and there is a part that you need to navigate due to a bit of private land. Shortly after exiting the woods there is a lovely open stretch amongst some heather with a lovely rocky area to sit and take in the view. Not the greatest walk we have ever been on as it is too close to main roads and homes for my liking but filled a few hours and has a pub at the end where we had a well deserved drink. I'd give it a 3/5 but my Partner hated it.

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Martin Hodgkinson
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HikingMuddy

A good walk over varied terrain covering narrow lanes, woodland, heath, a disused railway and river/canal side. The walk soon leaves Sowerby Bridge and follows the disused railway to Rishworth (closed 1958) that has boggy sections where boots are recommended. Leaving the railway we climb through lanes to the road and past The Fleece before heading back on the high ground with great views over the valley. The heath over Norland had heather in bloom where a man was exercising two dogs and a parrot. The walk continues alongside and then through woodland, descending to St Stephen's Church and Copley footbridge on the River Calder. This is the site of the former Copley Mill, demolished in the 1970s, but the associated workers housing remains on St Stephen's Street. The walk the continues as a long and level canal side passing narrow boats eventually into unappealing shops at Sowerby Bridge. Altogether a good walk which felt longer than the 15km stated.

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Victoria Normington
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Great walk! Steep climb up but some spectacular views at the top. Walk over pretty much every terrain possible! Gorgeous old golden Labrador on the way back down through the Forrest - barky but super friendly if you want to say hi! Seen more animals than I can remember! Canal, river, Wood, residential streets, moorlands, back through fields and woods before back along the road. Wonderful walk if not a bit tough on the legs!

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Sam Hunt
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Sarah Brierley
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Ali Akhtar
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Emily Kate
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Adeline Deseyne
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Shane Redfearn
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