Spen Valley Greenway

Route Details

  • From - to: Dewsbury to Oakenshaw, nr Bradford
  • Length: 7 miles
  • Type: Disused railway path
  • Surface: Tarmac
  • National Cycle Network: Route 66

Route Description

The route is a wonderful green corridor running through densely populated urban areas with long distance moor-land views, it passes a wildlife reserve and a rolling golf course.

The path is also home to a collection of artworks including Sally Matthew’s flock of Swaledale Sheep, constructed from recycled industrial scrap, and ‘Rotate’ by Trudi Entwistle - 40 giant steel hoops set in a circle.

The route is traffic-free with a gentle climb from Dewsbury to Oakenshaw. From Oakenshaw, you can continue into Bradford using signposted cycle lanes and paths.

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Art Trail

Spen Valley Greenway is an Art Trail. Community groups were asked to explore and respond to different elements of the route with poet John Duffy, which were then used to develop an artists brief. Artworks include We All Walk the Same Way by Sally Matthews; Rotate by Trudi Entwhistle, and Spring Along the Greenway by Pauline Monkcom. More info...

Local Attractions

This route contains a Sustrans Greener Greenway

A greenway is a corridor of undeveloped land, reserved for recreational use and environmental conservation.

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The Spen Valley Greenway uses a disused railway line running near the River Spen between the towns of Cleckheaton, Dewsbury and Heckmondwike, eventually linking to Bradford.

7 miles