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Black letters SWHT combined on white squaresSpen Way Heritage Trail

34 km / 21 miles

W Yorkshire
A circuit and valley path extension of the former borough of Spenborough and the Spen, a tributary of the River Calder, the Way concentrates on the history of this old textile manufacturing area, visiting Scholes, East Bierley and Gomersal through a varied mixture of urban areas, parkland and farmland.

It was created by Cleckheaton & District Rotary Club in 2000 as a Millenium project. It starts at Rawfolds Park and passes through surrounding villages of Roberttown, Hartshead, Clifton, Scholes, Oakenshaw, Hunsworth, Birkenshaw and Gomersal. It highlights the architectural and cultural legacy of the woollen trade and the later industrial revolution. It includes fine yeomen's houses, churches, pubs, Luddite and Quaker sites, and Charlotte Bronte's friends' houses, which later featured in her novels.


Path Type
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Waymark: Black letters SWHT combined on white squares
Black letters SWHT combined on white squares
Challenging; Urban; Heritage
Start and Finish
SE199246 - Royds Park, Cleckheaton, W Yorkshire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Spen Way Heritage Trail (Rotary Club of Cleckheaton & District)
Badge for Spen Way Heritage Trail (Rotary Club of Cleckheaton & District)


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34.4 Km (21.4 miles)
632 m (2,073 ft) ascent
216 m (709 ft)  maximum height