Walking the Calderdale Way: Traditionally the route begins at Clay House before climbing up to Bank top, Greetland near Thick Hollins where a Roman altar was found in 1597. The route then skirts the top of the wooded North Dean hillside, presenting a dramatic panorama of the Lower Calder Valley. The route continues to Clough Moor Bridge on the edge of Norland Moor and the end of the first section of the walk.
The Calderdale Way is signed and waymarked and can be joined at any point, the sections walked in any order and at any time of the year (given adequate preparation).
Your walk will be easier and more enjoyable with an OS map and the following inexpensive guides will provide you with general information about the area and points of interest.
- Calderdale Way Guide published 1997, Calderdale Way Association, price £4.95
- Calderdale Way by Paul Hannon, published 2001, price £2.99
- OS map OL21 South Pennines £8.99 (or £14.99 for laminated)
- OS map SE 02/12 (for the Eastern end)
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A superb way to go walking in Calderdale - The Calderdale Way is a 50 mile (80 km) walk exploring the hills, moors and valleys of Calderdale that recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.
It is an ‘up and down’ journey with few level sections. However, the higher levels provide some exceptionally fine panoramic views. The main and link routes to the valley bottom are designed so that they can be completed in short stages.
The Calderdale Way encircles Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, following old packhorse ways across the open gritstone hillsides with sections of traditional stone causeway, passing through hillside villages and old mill towns on the banks of the River Calder.
There are numerous link paths which connect the Calderdale Way to the valley floor. There are medieval settlements at Lumbutts and Mankinholes, and Withens Gate, where the Pennine Way crosses. A short diversion along the Pennine Way takes in the popular walk to the 100ft monument, Stoodley Pike.
The full length of the route is 51.39 miles, with a total climb of approx 2,600 metres (over 9,000 feet) at a climb rate of 43 metres per mile. This makes a flat equivalent distance of 57.49 miles.
On the 'Plan Your Stay' pages on this website you can view accommodations, food & drink and other businesses in Calderdale that are located on, or very close to the Calderdale Way by ticking 'The Calderdale Way' box under the heading 'What Are You Interested In?'
For more information about walking in Calderdale please visit our Walking page.
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Type Adventure & Leisure, Sport & Leisure, The Calderdale Way, Walking, Walking Friendly Location Across Calderdale Address Starts at Clay House, Rochdale Road, Greetland, Halifax HX4 8AN Web Address www.goodrunguide.co.uk/RouteMap/MyRoutes/356116 Recharge Point No
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The Calderdale Way
Starts at Clay HouseRochdale Road Greetland Halifax HX4 8AN
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