Calderdale Way

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Calderdale Way
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Calderdale Way near Mankinholes
Established 1978[1]
Length 50 miles (80 km)
Location Calderdale, West Yorkshire
Trailheads West Vale near Elland
Use Hiking, Fell-running
Elevation gain/loss 2,595 metres (8,514 ft)[1]
Highest point 379 metres (1,243 ft)[1]
Hiking details
Trail difficulty challenging[1]

The Calderdale Way is a 50-mile (80 km) long-distance footpath in West Yorkshire.[2] It was devised in the 1970s to draw attention to some of the attractions in the district of Calderdale, which was being established at that time.[3]:6

The route is circular and can be started at any point on it. The 'official' start is at Clay House in West Vale and the route includes much exposed moorland as well as woodland paths, a short section of canal towpath and some road sections. It passes through several settlements, including Ripponden, Mankinholes, Todmorden, Heptonstall, Holdsworth, Shelf and Brighouse.[3]:10 One published guidebook divides the walk into four day-long sections.[3]:46

  • West Vale–Mankinholes (13.5 miles/21.7 km)
  • Mankinholes–Heptonstall (11.5 miles/18.5 km)
  • Heptonstall–Catherine Slack (11.5 miles/18.5 km)
  • Catherine Slack–West Vale (13.5 miles/21.7 km)

The route is also the basis for the annual Calderdale Way Relay organised by Halifax Harriers.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Calderdale Way". Long Distance Walkers Association. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Crew Heart Support Group: A detailed route description, Retrieved 24 April 2014
  3. ^ a b c Hannon, Paul (2009) [2001]. Calderdale Way (2nd ed.). Keighley: Hillside Publications. ISBN 978-1-870141-71-0. 
  4. ^ "Calderdale Way Relay". Halifax Harriers Running Club. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 

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