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Black letters SWHT combined on white squaresSpen Way Heritage Trail

W Yorkshire

34 km / 21 miles
A circuit and valley path extension of the former borough of Spenborough and the Spen, a tributary of the River Calder, the Way concentrates on the history of this old textile manufacturing area, visiting Scholes, East Bierley and Gomersal through a varied mixture of urban areas, parkland and farmland.

It was created by Cleckheaton & District Rotary Club in 2000 as a Millenium project. It starts at Rawfolds Park and passes through surrounding villages of Roberttown, Hartshead, Clifton, Scholes, Oakenshaw, Hunsworth, Birkenshaw and Gomersal. It highlights the architectural and cultural legacy of the woollen trade and the later industrial revolution. It includes fine yeomen's houses, churches, pubs, Luddite and Quaker sites, and Charlotte Bronte's friends' houses, which later featured in her novels.


Waymark: Black letters SWHT combined on white squares
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Black letters SWHT combined on white squares
Attributes: Challenging
Start and Finish: SE199246 - Royds Park, Cleckheaton, W Yorkshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Rotary Club of Cleckheaton & District

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Spen Way Heritage Trail  (Rotary Club of Cleckheaton & District )
Badge Badge for Spen Way Heritage Trail  (Rotary Club of Cleckheaton & District )


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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 104
OS Landranger Active 104
OS Explorer 288
OS Explorer Active 288

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Route Profile:

34.4 km (21.4 miles)
632 m (2,073 ft) ascent
216 m (709 ft)  maximum height

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