Calder Valley Greenway (Huddersfield to Dewsbury)

Route Details

  • From/To: Huddersfield to Dewsbury
  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Type: Mainly traffic free
  • Access: Huddersfield and Dewsbury train stations
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 66 and 69

Route Description

This popular route takes you from Huddersfield on the peaceful Greenways of Birkby Bradley and Calder Valley, both built on converted railway paths running through pleasant wooded and agricultural landscapes, ending in the town of Dewsbury.  Most of the path 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.

To follow the route:

  • Exit Huddersfield station and follow signs to National Route 69 for a short on-road section before joining the Birkby Bradley Greenway.  The route passes The Riddings and the elevation of the path alongside the Riddings woodland provides long distance views across Huddersfield to the Stadium and Dalton Bank.
  • Cross the Bradley Viaduct which has 15 high arches of spectacular blue brick carrying you over the River Colne and Huddersfield Broad Canal.
  • Over the Viaduct, you can take a short detour via a public bridleway and footpath to Dalton Bank Local Nature Reserve.
  • Enjoy peaceful traffic-free pedalling on the Greenway as it continues on to Colne Bridge. 
  • Here there is a short on road section at Helm Lane before 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.
  • Pause at Mirfield 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. 
  • Continue to Dewsbury Rail Station.


Download a free map of the route here.

Things to see and do

  • Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield
  • Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
  • The Huddersfield Broad Canal
  • Savile Town Canal Basin - a working boatyard on the Dewsbury Cut.
  • Dewsbury Museum
  • Holroyd Park
  • Dalton Bank Local Nature Reserve
  • Lower Spen Local Nature Reserve

Route diversions /closures

NCN 66 Calder Valley Greenway, Bradley to Mirfield – will be closed from September 1st 2015 for 15 weeks between Bog Green Lane and Colliery Bridge (there is still access to the Huddersfield Broad Canal Towpath at Colliery Bridge). Closure is due to work by Kirklees council on Dalton Bank Road Bridge. Diversions are in place leaving the Greenway at Wood Lane in Mirfield and joining the A644 then A62 to reach Colliery Bridge at Bradley. There are on road cycle lanes on the A62 in both directions and on the eastbound carriageway of the A644.


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This mainly traffic-free route between Huddersfield and Dewsbury town centres surprisingly rural passing through a pleasant wooded and agricultural landscape.

11 miles