Oakenshaw to Dewsbury – Spen Valley Greenway
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Amy planned a bike ride.
February 16, 2021
The Spen Valley Greenway sets off a few pedal strokes from Low Moor train station in Oakenshaw on the outskirts of Bradford. After cycling past the station, you join the official Way which leads all the way to Dewsbury.
The Way descends very gently from Oakenshaw to Dewsbury. You can look forward to a relaxed ride with only 131 feet (40 m) of ascent and 393 feet (120 m) of descent in total.
First, you ride through suburbian scenes along the edges of Victoria Park. After just under one mile (1.6 km), you cross Wyke Lane. Take care whilst exiting the cycle path onto the road, although traffic is usually quiet.
Green hills, patchwork farmland, and far-reaching views characterise the next leg of the Way as you ride through the secluded countryside. You pedal through the manicured courses of Cleckheaton Golf Club before arriving in Cleckheaton, a former mill town that lies in the heart of the Spen Valley.
Despite leading through the town, the Way remains picturesque, carving a green corridor through the residential landscapes. There are a couple of cafes en route too, such as the Coffee Counter, a small cafe that lies directly on the cycle path.
The Jo Cox Community Woods lies to your left as you return to the open countryside. This section of the route has many interesting works of art. Look out for the twisted bronze sheep made from waste metals by Sally Matthews. It’s great fun riding through the giant rings designed by Trudi Entwistle as well.
The Way leads through the small town of Liversedge, passing the Sunflower Pot cafe and arriving in Heckmondwike. This lively town, which was known for producing blankets during the 19th century, has shops, cafes, and restaurants if you fancy a pitstop or need toilet facilities. There’s also a fish and chip shop conveniently close to the cycle path.
Continuing on, you enjoy more open views over the wonderful West Yorkshire countryside as you head through the sprawling parklands of Dewsbury Country Park. The Way officially finishes across the River Calder.
If you are returning home or to the start point by train, you can continue this Tour to Dewsbury station which lies on the same line as Oakenshaw. You join the Calder Valley Greenway along the river and wind your way into the town centre.
February 19, 2021