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).

New Resource – Wonderful

I do seem to become involved regularly in the planning of running routes. I find that I have the time, enjoy maps, and it is fun, for me, at least.
I do not usually involve myself in social networks, but Strava does appear to work. They have now added a splendid resource, the heatmap,. And the heat map is a an online map which shows the Paths and trails taken bye local athletes. It is just nice.

What it does is 2 you confidence that a path you might wish to take is in fact open. There are many paths were you really do wonder whether the landowner has blocked the path off, or that it has become so overgrown has to be impossible. Who within 5 minutes, looking at the map, I was able to identify several routes which I had considered taking. Which I reckoned might not actually work resulting comma as usual, in an additional 10 minute round trip to find another way through. Within that short period of time I had identified several new ways of constructing local roots and will happily make use of it full stop for anybody undertaking a similar exercise, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

The map is a heat map. It shows where Athletic activity is at its most intense. Unsurprisingly, but convincingly comma a quick check shows that the local park run routes, in Huddersfield Halifax and Brighouse all show the clear path of the root full stop the Huddersfield parkrun,Buy a long way the most popular, is sufficiently popular to have acquired a different colour on the heat map.
Available from:

https://labs.strava.com/heatmap/

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.

Maypole – Stock Lane – Mount Tabor – Moor Bottom – Cliff Hill Lane – 5 miles

From the Maypole Inn, Warley,
Just under 5 miles – hills but nothing unnecessary – much unlit – some muddy.
Route:
From Maypole Inn, Warley Halifax
(53.719708, -1.913917)

NE Along Stock Lane as far as Newlands Road (53.723477, -1.901190)
REGROUP
Across the road and N up Court Lane
(Now running around West End Golf Club)
Across at junction and along Highroad Well Lane (NNE)
At Ling Bob (53.727769, -1.897263), turn left and up Rye Lane (NW)
Stop at the bus turning circle (53.732663, -1.907794) and
REGROUP
Continue down the path till you come to Broadley Road, where you turn right (NNE)
Left after a short distance NW up Moor End Road
Through Mount Tabor
REGROUP at junction (left) with Stocks Lane (53.743962, -1.922469)

Down the farm road to left and above Stocks Lane.
Follow through the farm yard (Moor Bottom very slight kink to left at 53.739327, -1.925834) till it comes out onto Heath Hill Road (53.733207, -1.920938)
REGROUP
Just after Raw End Road joins from your right, take the junction down and to the right – Workhouse Lane
Continue through the junction onto Warley Town Lane
Next right (53.723089, -1.921947) down Winterburn Lane (shortcut is to left continuing along Warley Town Lane to the Maypole)
Keep going down until the junction (second) with Cliff Hill Lane (53.717944, -1.916085). Turn left up steeper hill back into Warley and home.

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.

Hills – Trooper Lane, Halifax

Hill last night was Trooper Lane.

From Heath Rugby Club, Elland, along Stainland Road (N), up onto Huddersfield Road to foot of Jubilee Lane, then Up Jubilee Lane (regroup (1 mile and a bit)

Bear left down (at first) Backhold Lane, and along and up Oxford Lane. Over the top and along Whitegates Road and along and down Siddal New Road. At the bottom, and the entrance to the park/cemetery to your right, turn right up at first Swan Bank Lane, taking the first right which is the notorious Trooper Lane.
Climb to the junction with High Grove Lane.
Take a breath.
Above you, a steeper part of Trooper Lane climbs ever on.
[Run up until the first street lamp after you get onto the cobbles (about 200m), and gently back down to The junction at High Grove Lane. Repeat 4, 5 or 6 times according to taste and capacity. Take a full 2 minute break.] – Do this three times.
Return via the same route to Heath.
The return trip to the start of the climb is just under five miles. Each climb and descent is about 400m
The route on mapometer see here