Calderdale Way

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The Calderdale Way near Mankinholes

The Calderdale Way is a long-distance walking route fifty miles long and running mainly through the fells of the West Riding of Yorkshire. The route was devised in the 1970s, to runs through Calderdale, but also out of the dale and over the fells around it. At Todmorden, the route crosses the Lancashire border, in search of the source of the River Calder.

The route is circular and walks can be started at any point. The official start is at Clay House in West Vale. The route includes much exposed moorland, woodland paths, a short section of canal towpath and some road sections. It passes through several settlements, including Ripponden, Mankinholes, Todmorden, Heptonstall, Holdsworth, Shelf and Brighouse. A suggsetd itinerary has the following sections:

  • West Vale–Mankinholes (13.5 miles)
  • Mankinholes–Heptonstall (11.5 miles)
  • Heptonstall–Catherine Slack (11.5 miles)
  • Catherine Slack–West Vale (13.5 miles)

The route is the basis for the annual Calderdale Way Relay organised by Halifax Harriers.[1]

The Calderdale Way Ultra now takes in the whole 50 miles organised by Cannonball Events.[2]

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  1. Calderdale Way Relay: Halifax Harriers Running Club
  2. Calderdale Way Ultra: Cannonball Events