Start and Finish.
The walk starts at Sykes gate which is served by the 901 bus from Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Huddersfield.
The postcode is HX7 5TS and the OS grid reference is SD 99716 21433
The walk ends at Mytholmroyd.
The postcode is HX7 5LH and the OS grid reference is SE 01260 26029.
Themes and Highlights.
Welcome to the Cragg Vale walk and some of the history of our valley – from 10,000 years ago when Stone Age hunters were firing flint arrowheads; through the importance of 13th Century rabbits, and 1930's chicks; you’ll see our Million Pound Church!; we’ll show you how this tranquil valley pulsed with industry, noise and smoke from 11 busy mills; and we’ll bring you right up to the present day with our new business park made from chicken sheds – and us hosting Le Tour De France! We hope you enjoy your walk, and finding out about our beautiful valley.
It’s about 8 km (approx 5 miles) and should take you about 3 hours (plus stops).
There are two quite steep up hill stretches, but both have steps.
Ground Conditions, Stiles and Steps.
Most of the walk is through woodland on good paths which are muddy in places. Some of the walk is on farm tracks and lanes. There are a number of stiles and quite a few steps.
- A lot of the trail is close to a fast moving stream.
- Some of the trail is on top of steep slopes.
- The main road is crossed in two places, watch out for fast traffic.