Making Tracks – The Silver Birch Walk

Distance: 2 miles

Note: This walk is suitable for taking buggies

Did you know? A Silver Birch tree can grow up to 30 metres high and it is sometimes called the Queen of the Forest.

  1. Begin your walk at Mytholmroyd train station (Manchester side) by the ‘Mytholmroyd for Walking’ display board
  2. Walk along the cycle track through the silver birch wood.
  3. Keep to the main track nearest the railway line and follow this alongside a mossy stone wall on your left
  4. Walk along the iron bridge to cross the railway. Look for the carved standing stone on your right. What can you see carved on its side?
  5. Follow the lane past an old chapel. Can you find the date stone that shows how old the chapel is? Turn left at the end when you reach Brierley.
  6. Walk over the bridge across the river and keep left. Can you see the old stone cobbles of a weir downstream as you cross the bridge?
  7. Just before you join the canal towpath there is a small park and playground on the right beside the main road – a good place to stop for a snack or have fun on the see-saw!
  8. Go down onto the canal towpath by the bridge (no. 9) and walk back towards Mytholmroyd.
  9. Walk back to Mytholmroyd along the canal towpath past the industrial estate.
  10. Just before you pass under the next bridge (no. 10), leave the towpath and turn right (walkers with no buggies can stay on the towpath until the next bridge).
  11. Walk back to the main road and turn left back to the centre of Mytholmroyd – take care on the busy road!