Best Foot Forward: Heptonstall to Jack Bridge

Colden valley
Colden valley

This week’s walk again comes courtesy of www.casualramblers.co.uk and goes through upland field pastures with fine panoramic views.

Take the E bus to Blackshawhead which goes through Heptonstall. If you intend to do the Heptonstall Trail, get off at the first stop.

Lookng back south towards Hebden Bridge from Lumb Bank.

Lookng back south towards Hebden Bridge from Lumb Bank.

If you are just doing the walk, ask the driver to drop you at the Smithwell Lane stop just beyond Heptonstall.

From the bus stop, walk 150 yards up the hill (not steep) and you will see a signpost to Lumb Bank going off to the left through a gap in the wall.

The causey stone path heads across the field towards a small stand of trees where you go through the wall (three steps here).

The path continues behind Windy Harbour farm. Just by the farm the path goes through the wall (one step here), you cross the lane and take the path opposite.

The Pennine Way crosses the river Colden below Jack Bridge, Colden.

The Pennine Way crosses the river Colden below Jack Bridge, Colden.

Follow the path through the field, keeping the wall on your right.

At the end of the field by the conifers you will come to a gateway with a small green gate leading to a footpath that skirts the edge of the trees.

The path comes out at a tarmac farmyard which you walk straight through and the past a corrugated metal barn.

Here you pass through a gate on to a causey stone path.

The Pennine Way crosses the river Colden below Jack Bridge, Colden.

The Pennine Way crosses the river Colden below Jack Bridge, Colden.

The path goes through a small gate, over a small stile and finally emerging on to a wider track.

Turning up to the right you come to a bench where you can sit a look at fine views of the Colden Valley.

Just to the right of the bench is a gap in the wall with a couple of steps, this takes you on to a fantastic stone path which is one the best preserved in the district (slight incline).

Going over a low stile, you come out on to a tarmac lane just beyond a house (Slater Ing); this is now the Calderdale Way.

The Pennine Way crosses the river Colden below Jack Bridge, Colden.

The Pennine Way crosses the river Colden below Jack Bridge, Colden.

Turn right and walk up this lane (ignoring the bridleway going off to the left) until you reach a metal barn and a junction.

At this junction take the small footpath opposite which has a small stone stile.

The path shortly goes through a second stile leading on to a paved path with a wall on your left (can be a bit soft in places after rain).

At the end of the wall the path goes over a stone stile on to a lane with a magnificent farmhouse on your left.

Turn right up the lane for about 20 yards and turn left along another lane. Carry on this lane, passing a bungalow and the back of a farm.

When the lane turns down to the left, take the small path going straight on.

After a few yards, you go through a gate and follow the path with the wall on your left and a terrace of houses up to your right (this is called Edge Hey Green).

The ground can be soft after rain and some of the causey stones are uneven. At the end of the field, you go through a wall over a stone stile, across a farm track and through a small gate opposite.

The path goes through another two wall stiles reaching a tarmac lane. Take the path opposite than runs by the side of a wooden fence.

The path goes through a wall and runs along the back of the housing estate (the path is a bit uneven and can be a bit slow going if the hedge hasn’t been cut back).

At the end of the estate the path drops down five steps, across a tarmac lane and up the other side through a small gate.

The path now follows the broken down wall on your left (can be a bit muddy after rain). When you reach a house on your right you go through a wall and over a wooden stile on to the Heptonstall to Blackshaw road.

Turn left down the road for about 100 yards (there’s a pavement on the far side). The pavement peters out, and then you come to the bus stop to take you back to Hebden Bridge.

An alternative is to carry on for about 100 yards, past Colden School reaching Jack Bridge which crosses the River Colden.

Here you may want to take a break and stop at the New Delight.

To get back, you have two options: Retrace your steps up to the bus stop and catch the bus back to Hebden Bridge (if you have forgotten to note bus times back, ask the bar staff).

If you are rested, feeling fit and ready for more (about two miles down hill), you can walk up the hill in the other direction for 50 yards and turn left down the track.

If you stay on this track - always keeping straight on - you will end up on the main road at Mytholmroyd which is quarter of a mile from Hebden Bridge (turn left along the main road).

Thanks to the following who published the walks in this area:

The Calderdale Way website (no longer working)

The Brighouse Boundary Way website (no longer working)

The AA website

‘The Cricketing Heritage of Calderdale & Kirklees’ website.

The Northern Beer Blog - seanliquorish.co.uk

Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA

Walk4Life

Calderdale Council

Mytholmroyd Walkers Welcome

Yorkshire Water

Milestone Society

Hebden Bridge Walkers Action