Most of this popular route is built on the former rail corridor of the Midland Railway, with the section from Dewsbury Moor to the town centre on a riverside path. As you leave Huddersfield station, follow signs to National Route 69 to join the Birkby Bradley Greenway.
You’ll cross the Bradley Viaduct, with its 15 high arches of spectacular blue brick, carrying you over the River Colne and Huddersfield Broad Canal. At this point you can take a short detour via a public bridleway and footpath to Dalton Bank Local Nature Reserve.
Continue on to Colne Bridge, where the route becomes the Calder Valley Greenway, signed National Route 66, taking you all the way to Dewsbury. Along the way you pass Mirfield, Ravensthorpe and the Lower Spen Local Nature Reserve. Mirfield is a good stopping-off point, with its excellent selection of cafes, pubs, shops and play areas.
Just after the Lower Spen Nature Reserve, the route runs along the river for a very pleasant stretch. A bridge takes you across the Dewsbury flood alleviation channel and gives you an excellent view of the river and weir before the route ends at Dewsbury Rail Station.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.
To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.