Sowerby Bridge Triangle is a 15.3 kilometer 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.

Distance: 15.3 km Elevation Gain: 443 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

walking

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

historic site

pub walk

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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