Walk: Shipley and Route 66

in Shipley

A jaunt along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, through the streets of Shipley and along part of the massive Route 66 of the National Cycle Network.

The Route

  • Start Point: Shipley Railway Station, Station Rd, Shipley BD18 2JL
  • Finish Point: As start
  • Distance: 7 Miles

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Walk Description

Leave the station via the access road to reach the A657 Briggate. Turn left and then use the traffic lights to cross over Briggate. Turn right at the concrete bollards and follow the path to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Cross over the canal using the bridge, and turn right. Follow the canal tow path for a long time until you reach a swing bridge underneath a very tall electricity pylon on the right hand side, with a road coming in from the left.

Turn right and cross over the canal using this bridge. Follow the road as it bends around to the left to become a track, which joins the top of Thackley Road through a gate. Turn right, and follow Thackley Road until the big junction. Turn right onto Windhill Old Road and follow that all the way to the end, eventually veering left to go underneath the old railway bridge. After Cypus Avenue on the left, look for a green snicket on the left, and take this all the way to the A657 Leeds Road. Cross over the main road and turn right. At the next public bridleway sign, turn left and follow this trac, called Crooked Lane, to eventually come out at Westfield Lane. Turn right here and follow the road until High Busy Lane branches off on the right.

Follow this road, which becomes a path through trees. Continue to follow it into Catstones Wood, where the path is clear throughout. Exit the wood and once you are through a hedgerow, turn right on Low Ash Road. Just after the turning for Low Ash Drive, take the public footpath on your right, and walk between the houses. Follow it as it crosses Elm Road and continue until Snowden Road is opposite. Cross over, and walk down Snowden Road, turning right after the Youth Centre, to cross over the grass down to Carr Lane. Cross over Carr Lane and turn right, then left all the way down Hollin Lane. At Owlet Road, turn right, then cross over to turn left down Crag Road. Turn left down Poplar Road, and take the clear path across the green on the right opposite Poplar Crescent.

Join the National Cycle Route 66 as it continues along the line of the trees on the right and follow it all the way to reach Leeds Road. Turn left, then left again to get back to the station.

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