Best Foot Forward; Mytholmroyd

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This week we give you three scenic routes, courtesy of www.casualramblers.co.uk, around Mytholmroyd - one around White Lee, one towards Scout Bottom and the third towards Cragg Vale and Top Land.

Both routes are perfect for a lunch-time stroll or to get you started with walking.

Ewood Coach House, Midgley Road, Mytholmroyd

Ewood Coach House, Midgley Road, Mytholmroyd

Walk 1: Around White Lee

Distance: Three quarters of a mile.

Time: 17 minutes.

Walking conditions: An office-shoes town walk that’s excellent underfoot in all weathers, with one gentle uphill slope.

Calder High School, Mytholmroyd

Calder High School, Mytholmroyd

From Calder High School, walk down Midgley Road.

Turn left into the old hamlet of White Lee, then right at No 8.

Turn left along top of park and down to main road.

Turn left along road, past White Lee Business Park, then left up Brier Hey Lane, passing Calder High.

Top Land Country Business Park, Cragg Vale.

Top Land Country Business Park, Cragg Vale.

Just before Brier Hey Close, continue straight on, up the lane.

Turn left along the footpath, into White Lee Croft, then left into Midgley Road and downhill to the school.

Walk 2: Scout Bottom

Distance: One and a half miles.

View over Mytholmroyd from Sowerby

View over Mytholmroyd from Sowerby

Time: 35 minutes.

Walking conditions: suitable for office shoes in dry weather, with one gentle uphill slope.

From Orchard Business Park, turn left and walk up road.

Just before school, turn left down Scout Bottom Lane.

Follow the lane along, pass in front of Scout Bottom house and garden, and through small gate in right-hand corner.

Follow the track (muddy at start) down through fields towards the railway.

At the cycle-path, turn left, along track back to Mytholmroyd, keeping the railway on your right.

At the station, walk down slope and left into New Road.

Walk 3: Cragg Vale and Top Land

Distance: One and a quarter mile.

Time: 30 minutes.

Walking conditions: suitable for office shoes in dry weather, with one steep uphill slope to help your cardiovascular fitness. It’s a favourite route, quickly giving wonderful views back across Calder Valley.

From Orchard Business Park (at foot of Scout Road), turn left, cross road; keeping the Methodist Church on your left, turn into Hall Bank Lane, climbing steeply.

Carry on right up the hill; it’s well worth it!

Long Lane: before Hollin Hey track, turn right over stile; down Long Lane - to Top Land Country Business Park.

Cross both access roads, then bear right, through top of woods, with business park on your right, and Cragg Brook below on your left.

Stubbings Close brings you back down to Mytholmroyd.