Dewsbury to Oakenshaw

This popular ride begins at Dewsbury and heads into lovely countryside along the splendid Calder and Spen Valley Greenway. The largely traffic-free route ends at Oakenshaw.

Exit Dewsbury station, crossing over the A638 (using a pedestrian crossing) and head downhill through quiet town centre streets. At the traffic lights cross the A644, turn immediately right through a steel arch to pick up the riverside section of the Calder Valley Greenway, following signs for National Route 66.

Cross the A644 again (using a toucan crossing) and join the former railway line that is the Spen Valley Greenway, following signs for National Route 69.

From here, you have 10 wonderful miles of traffic-free pedalling ahead of you. Look out for a fun selection of sculptures along the route – metal sheep, giant hoops, digger seats, Tour de France-themed mileposts and more.

You pass close to the towns of Heckmondwike and Cleckheaton with plenty of cafes, pubs and play areas, so feel free to go and explore.

On arrival in Oakenshaw, pause and enjoy Victoria Park, or the local nature reserves of Toad Holes Beck and Railway Terrace. Retrace the route to Dewsbury.

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Please note

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.

Please help us protect this route

Dewsbury to Oakenshaw is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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