This walk is part of the trek The Wakefield Way.
Nice walk from Horbury Bridge along River Calder to Kirkhamgate using mainly Wakefield Way and Kirkless Way.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Start the walk at Horbury Bridge on the A642 opposite the Bingley Arms PH.
(D) Follow the towpath of the Calder & Hebble Navigation to a right hand path about a mile after two locks, a house and a small bridge (here joining the Kirklees Way). Follow the path round to a footbridge and roadway. Turn left along it (50 metres), to pass through a factory site. Keep to the designated narrow footway along the right hand edge until you reach the far end of the factory next to the car park, with a stile by a large metal gate.
(1) Keep forward along the track over fields to reach the high fence of the Dewsbury Waste Water Treatment Works. Keep to the right of the fence, along the field edge, and then uphill. Continue along the path to go through a kissing gate on the left, then follow the path which bears right immediately. When the path reaches a clear fork, turn left and walk back 45 degrees along a wide track. Continue on this track all the way down to Pildacre Mill Beck. (Can be boggy). Cross the beck and continue to the top and turn right at a row of trees. Follow the path with the beck on your left. until you are at the top of the field.
(2) Turn right with the path, and continue along the line of a former railway which is now the Dewsbury-Ossett Greenway. Continue along the tarmac cycle path to a grassy knoll with benches and proceed left up the footpath to Pildacre Lane car park.
(3) At the road, cross over and turn right along the footway. Turn left at Love Lane. When the main street turns right, take the left fork along a short stretch of the tarmac road, which leads into a hedged footpath. When this ends, keep forward for a few metres, then take the first street on the right (Holmfield). At the end keep forward along a ginnel which leads to the B6128. Cross over and turn left along the footway. Follow it all the way to a major roundabout. Walk anti-clockwise round the roundabout and take the second right into Hillcrest Avenue. Follow this road to the end and turn left to cross over the A638 on the road bridge. Continue along the road into Gawthorpe, and the maypole.
(4) Turn right along the main street and continue all the way through the village. The road becomes a track. Continue to the end and under the M1. At the T junction turn left along Batley road or take a bus to Wakefield.(A)
D : km 0 - alt. 33m - Horbury Bridge
1 : km 2.68 - alt. 39m - Kirkless Way
2 : km 4.8 - alt. 64m - Dismantled Railway
3 : km 5.53 - alt. 98m - Pildacre Lane
4 : km 6.81 - alt. 114m - Kingsway
A : km 9.9 - alt. 90m - Kirkhamgate
The Wakefield Way is a 70 mile, waymarked walking route around the Wakefield Metropolitan District and covers a wide variety of landscapes. The route is divided into 11 sections of varying length with start and end points accessible by public transport.
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