Calderdale Way Relay
|Start||Shelf (Bridle Stile Road), SE 122283|
|Finish||Clay House Park, West Vale, SE 097214|
|Registration||12:00 to 13:30|
|First runners expected||
|Pre 2010 - Record - Men||59.37 - S Halliday & R Whalley (Halifax Harrier's in 1989)|
|Pre 2010 - Record - Ladies||1.11.17 - S Rowell & A Buckley (Pudsey & Bramley in 1996)|
|From 2010 leg about 0.5 mile longer|
|2010 Onwards - Record - Men||1.05.34 - C Fell & J Johnson (Rossendale in 2014)|
|2010 Onwards - Record - Ladies||1.21.03 - K Farquhar & J Khouiery (Holmfirth in 2012)|
Effective from 2011
Bridle Stile, Shelf at the car park follow the path to the left hand side of the car park for about 100m. Cross the road and continue on the path for a short distance then take path on right where broken way marker sign is. Follow steps down and over beck.
Up the steps and continue on the CW. This section will be marked out on the day.
See leg 6 start changes map below.
|Keep to the right after the first stile, then stay on the upper path just inside the top of North Wood until a stream bed crosses where paths divide at an opening.|
|Go diagonally up a field to a stile left of the nearest pylon; bear right along the wallside into a grassy lane past Middle Ox Heys which leads to the village street at Norwood Green.|
|Turn left along the road for half a mile past the Old White Beare pub.|
|Fork right at the war memorial, then left down a track past the swings, with Norwood Terrace on the left, and Upper Rookes Hall and a cricket field on the right.|
|Cross a railway bridge, turn right to a field then left down a hedge-side and forwards over a slight ridge to the A58 Leeds-Halifax road near a lay-by. Note the fine view of Wyke Viaduct on the left.|
|Cross the road to a stile beside a gate.
Cross the hump-backed field, to a stile on the far side.
|Go through and follow the left hand hedge down this field to a wooden stile and round to the left until a stream is seen ahead and the path bears right to cross a footbridge, continuing forwards into a narrow ginnel between fences in a new housing estate.|
|Emerge on Victoria Road and carry straight on down the road to the Punch Bowl Hotel in the centre of Bailiff Bridge.|
|Turn left to the traffic lights and cross the road (A641) into Birkby Lane by the offices of Firths Carpets. Go up the hill and 50 yards before a rail bridge turn right into Birkhouse Road.|
|Follow the road past the houses and bear left under an old railway bridge, continuing forwards along the lane. On the brow of the hill carry straight on as the road bends to the left.
|The unmade road leads up to Woolrow Farm on the skyline ahead. After the bungalow turn left over a stile; after a few yards turn right following wall and hedge down a series of fields to a stream at Hole Bottom.|
|At the field corner is a footbridge leading up a short path to a metalled road (Thornhill Beck Lane).|
|Turn right down the road for 200 yards then left up some steps and straight up the hill to a stile.|
|Turn right onto Thornhills Lane following the road as it turns sharp right and left near a large house.|
|After 200 yards turn right at a signpost onto a field path running downhill towards the old railway embankment. Note the fine view of Brighouse in front. At the bottom of the slope the path turns left alongside an old railway line.|
|Cross the road (A643) and go down the short, steep street opposite (Alegar Street), then turn right onto Wakefield Road (A644), left into Grove Street and right along Mill Lane to The Barge pub.|
|Turn left before Sainsbury's into Wharfe Street to the canal basin, now a centre for leisure cruising.|
|Turn right along the canal towpath passing under several bridges as it goes through Brighouse.|
|From Brighouse follow the canal towpath for half a mile to Ganney Lock (SE 140229), cross the bridge and continue on the left bank to a large factory overlooking Cromwell Lake.|
|Turn right to cross the canal and Elland Road then left up Freeman's Wood, alongside a wall. Keep left when the track forks, staying next to the well, and climbing towards some power lines and a path junction.|
|Turn left over a stile to descend 240 steps to a farm, Fort Montague, at Cromwell Bottom. At the bottom of the steps turn right along a grassy track climbing gently into Cromwell Wood. Continue uphill on a steady gradient for ¾ mile until you meet a cross path and signpost.|
|Turn left for Southowram down a paved track, over a stream and left again to a farm lane.|
|Turn sharp right and quickly left through a stile; keep the wall on the right through two fields and past some stables to School Lane and on to the Methodist Sunday School at the end.|
|Turn right towards Southowram bus terminus at Milking Hill and left into West Lane towards Siddal.|
NEW FINISH TO ROUTE (Effective 2012)
Go down West Lane and Change Lane as normal but DO NOT FOLLOW THE SIGNPOST CALDERDALE WAY halfway down Change Lane (which goes left through the fields at EXLEY) but keep on the road all the way down past the school on your left to the junction.
Turn left then 1st right down Exley Bank (steep cobbled road) to the main road. Keep right and take care when crossing the side road on your right (Jubilee Rd). Immediately after Jubilee Rd, go through a gap in the wall to your right and turn sharp left to pass through a tunnel under road, and proceed along canal bank to the lock basin.
At the lock basin, turn left at the first lock gates, proceed to the right, over the footbridge by the second lock gate, go down the cobbled incline in front of the lock keepers house and follow the basin round till the path goes through the tunnel.
On exiting the tunnel, turn right through the gate up onto Stainland Road, turn left on Stainland Road towards West Vale and Heath Rugby Club. Remain on the left hand side of the road and use the cycle path wherever possible, pass under the railway bridge, and cross in front of the garden centre, there will be a marshal at this point, but as we cannot stop traffic, it is the runners responsibility to ensure safe crossing. On passing the garden centre, you will be directed into the rugby club where you should follow the tapes to finish in front of the club on the grass.