Best Foot Forward: Luddenden Dean to Brockholes

Luddenden Dean to Brockholes. By Stuart Leah.

Luddenden Dean to Brockholes. By Stuart Leah.

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The latest walk in our series featuring the Calderdale Way, courtesy of www.casualramblers.co.uk, is a 3.5 mile walk climbing through small hamlets and dropping into rich farming country.

Map Co-Ordinates : SE 035275

Luddenden Dean to Brockholes. By Stuart Leah.

Luddenden Dean to Brockholes. By Stuart Leah.

The route climbs through the small hamlet of Saltonstall to Moor Side and Hunter Hill then drops steeply into richer farming country before reaching Brockholes and the A629 for buses to Halifax and Keighley.

From Jerusalem Farm take the track behind the house down to Wade Wood. Cross the bridge,

Bear right following the path through the wood, then turn sharp left where another path joins.

Here a sign points up some stairs towards Saltonstall - do not follow that route.

Luddenden Dean to Brockholes. By Stuart Leah.

Luddenden Dean to Brockholes. By Stuart Leah.

Instead keep to this path, through a stile and to a house called Hullet at Saltonstall.

Bear right into Heys Lane then left up a track past Lower Edge Farm to Lamb Hill Lane.

Turn right into Castle Carr Road, noting the fine views down the Luddenden Valley and the twin tops of Crow Hill Midgley and Crow Hill Sowerby opposite facing across the Calder Valley. 
Cross the road over the stile opposite, bearing right along a cairned path and over a small bridge to a wall corner.

Follow the track above the wall to a lane, turning right and left.

Luddenden Dean to Brockholes. By Stuart Leah.

Luddenden Dean to Brockholes. By Stuart Leah.

In the book published in 1978 it states that the used to be a pub here called the Moorcock Inn at Moor Side.

Follow a faint a faint path to the dam ahead.

Here a stile takes you across a small field to another stile at the far end.

Turn left for about 30 yards or so to a stile on your right, next to a large tree.

Luddenden Dean to Brockholes. By Stuart Leah.

Luddenden Dean to Brockholes. By Stuart Leah.

Take care when crossing this field, as animals especially bulls might be in the next field as the gate is rarely closed.

At the other side of this field is a bridge leading to another stile.

Head up hill through another field, where the next stile awaits you on the right and into another field.

Follow the fence uphill to a farm, where the path will take you around the edge and to the front of Hough Gate Head Farm, and on to Cold Edge Road. 
Cross the road and through a wooden gate stile following the path over Hunter Hill past the quarry.

At the far end of this track is another wooden gate stile, and a rather steep decline, so take care here as you go.

Turn left for a short distance to find a wooden gate on your right, taking you through a couple of fields and a stile to emerge at Stod Fold.

Luddenden Dean to Brockholes. By Stuart Leah.

Luddenden Dean to Brockholes. By Stuart Leah.

Follow the road as it bears left then right over a bridge to a junction.

Turn right and continue up towards a boarding kennel, ignoring a road on your left. 
Just past the boarding kennels on your right, is some steep steps between walls on your right.

At the top of these steps is another stile and a short path taking you behind some houses on your right to emerge at the corner of Mount Zion Church. 
Turn right then left in to Per Lane. Follow this all the way to the main Keighley Road.