Cromwell Reserve – 2 miles circuit

From the Brookfoot Lock of the Calder and Hebble Canal just West of Avocet, outside Brighouse.

About 150-200 metres along the canal path is the starting point. There is a clump of about 4/5 trees properly higher than those around them. It is before that. There is a short climb up a path to your left. You will see a path going ahead through the trees. It is not made up, but is clear. About 250 meters ahead you come to a steep drop into the river. Follow the path instead to your right, with the river below you on your left. Again most of the way it is clear, but a little muddy. There are at least two points where you have to dip under branches, and one where you have to jump over a tree. About half way along the path you meet a much better, proper path, laid with stones. At this pont there is another path to your right through the woods, across the ponds and back onto the canal – do not take it – save it for another day.

You come out onto the full path with the large old metal bridge (badger bridge) to your left. Cross it, then take the path up and to your left about 20 metres beyond the bridge. This path climbs gently out through the trees, and then in a big semi-circle clockwise, coming to a gate on the edge of the reserve. Out and turn right.

The reserve is on your right, and the Rivr Calder to our right. Go on and sraight past the gate leading back into the Reserve, and turn left over the first bridge, then right, back toward the canal. Go through another gate and back right onto the canal towpath and toward Brighouse. A couple of hundred metres on, on your right is another gated entrance to the reserve. Go in. After a hundred metres or so, you join another path. Turn left, This path is parallel to the towpath, coming back onto the towpath; through the gate and right back toward the starting point.

That is a two mile circuit.

NB On the odd occasion when it it is muddy (ahem) the first part alongside the river can be more difficult. An easy alternative is to continue first on the canal bank to the next lock (Cromwell), taking the left through the gate by the lock into the reserve and then left again after a few yards. This is then all a prepared footpath meeting the other route by the river (turn right).

Brighouse Pool – Highmoor Lane – Hartshead – Clifton

6 Miles – mixture of hills, road, public footpaths. Much is unlit, some is really quite muddy field.
From Brighouse pool, down behind the pool into Wellhome park. Bear left and across the bridge. Left again and out and to Thornhills Beck Lane
Right up the hill.
As Thornhills Lane merges from the right, the road becomes Jay House Lane
Regroup as Coach Lane comes fro your left.
On and up and out onto Highmoor Lane (the A643) There is proper fast traffic on here. Cross with care.
Uphill to your left and then right onto Highmoor Lane as was It looks a bit like the entrance to the golf club, but isn’t.
After a few hendred yards there is a small path – almost hidden (53.714118, -1.748844) going down between the golf club n your right and the grounds of themotorway service area on your left.
Follow this until it emerges as a wider pathway. You are in the golf club grounds but stay to your left, and you are on a public footpath and not in anyone’s way.
Eventually, the main footpath turns right and a smaller footpath takes you up and left toward a footbridge over the motorway (53.708669, -1.745221). Take it-
Across the bridge the Lane takes you still gently uphill.
At the top, the lane splits (53.708124, -1.736787). Take the stile to the right with the path through and along the right hand side of the field. This then later crosses back over the wall to your right and then continues, coming out onto Ladywell Lane (53.707387, -1.730779)
Turn right. After a few yards you go through the back of some houses, coming to a small cross roads. The obvious turn is left but go ahead. Some has put up beautiful large gates, but this is a public footpath, and a gap has been left to the right.
Take it and follow the lane straight n, past th houses and the farm buildings.

After a few hundred yards, you will see ahead a gate and to the left another stlie. Over you go.
Along the lane to another gate and stile leading into a field (53.704126, -1.739142). Downhill to your left (SSW) the path goes right across the fiedl You should be able to just see it. Take it. Toward the bottom, you will b re-assured to find anote stile bringing you out onto Blakelaw Lane (53.702386, -1.740322).
Turn Right, over the motorway bridge and back toward Clifton. Turn Left at the Black Horse Inn, and then, around the corner turn right along Coal Pit Lane.
Come up and turn left along New Street. At the end left and a short distance down Clifton Common, before crossing over and turning right along Thornhills Lane.
You come out at the top of Thornhills Beck Lane (where this all began).
Turn leftdown Thornhills Beck Lane, but at the bottom, instead of going back hrough the park, either run through the ford, or take the footridge, before coming uponto Bradford Road, where you can turn left and back to the Pool.

Paths/trails around Brighouse

This is a list of eminently runnable off tarmac bits of running. The idea is that these can be put together in different ways with runs between to make good runs.

  • Foot of Clifton Common (53.702309, -1.772030
    – North to Old Wyke Lane (

    53.726024, -1.773814) 1.66m as crow flies.
  • Spout House Lane to Lower Finkil Street – 53.719164, -1.802157 to 53.716676, -1.796921 – A good shortish straight path – houses on one side and fields on the other. Nearly tarmac.
    Closed Paths:

  • Halifax Old Road North to Halifax Road – 53.726296, -1.825460 to 53.727210, -1.825503 North over the railway line. The old pedestrian crossing of the railway is stopped up legally and physically.