Great Northern Railway Trail

The Great Northern Railway Trail is a beautiful route on the National Cycle Network taking in not one but two spectacular viaducts, making it the perfect day out in this beautiful corner of the Bronte country.

Cullingworth can be reached from Keighley railway station with a four-mile ride on minor but hilly roads. At Cullingworth you pick up National Route 69 for a short but glorious stretch of railway path, crossing first Cullingworth and then Hewenden (Grade II listed) viaduct, with spectacular views across this wooded valley.

Although there are plans to extend the railway path via Denholme and Thornton to Queensbury, it currently ends just south of Hewenden viaduct.

At the end of the railway path, you can turn left on the minor road to Harecroft (and its pub), then left on the B6144 (please take care) before turning right onto a minor road towards the waterfalls at Goit Stock wood.

About halfway up this lane you turn left onto the Pennine Bridleway Spur, which then takes you past the waterfalls. It’s a bit of a climb to get to them, giving you the perfect excuse to stop and watch the water thundering down for a while.

This route intersects with National Route 69 halfway between the two viaducts, giving you the opportunity to have a good look at both, and to cross Cullingworth viaduct for a second time.

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.

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The Great Northern Railway Trail is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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