Calderdale Way


We have created this on-line information to supplement existing guides to keep this great route up to date. For each section we include:

  • Detailed updated directions
  • Up to date bus details (see WY metro website for timetables)
  • Up to date refreshment stops (with telephone number to check if open) and other facilities
  • How you can walk it in sections.
Not included
  • Information about the landscape
  • Information about birdlife
  • Information about plant life
  • General advice for walkers
  • Points of interest
  • Link path directions and maps

Quick Link to the updated directions

Calderdale Way maps and walking guides

Whether you are walking it in sections or doing the whole route in one go, your walk will be easier with an OS map and more enjoyable if you have general information about the area and points of interest, so we urge you to purchase one of the inexpensive guides:

  • Calderdale Way Guide published 1997, Calderdale Way Association, price £4.95
  • Calderdale Way by Paul Hannon, published 2001, price £2.99
  • OS map OL21 South Pennines £8.99 (or £14.99 for laminated)
  • OS map SE 02/12 (for the Eastern end)

All available from local Visitor Centres and shops


If any of these directions are wrong or misleading, please tell us.

Calderdale Countryside Service and CROWs have re-waymarked the  route and they have also done some improvements. If the condition or waymarking of any part of the route causes concern, please report to CROWS


Using the OS map

The Calderdale Way is marked on the OS map as a green dotted line with diamond shaped lozenges.

Grid references

These allow you to pin-point where you are, using an Ordnance Survey (OS) map. For example (SE097214) indicates you are

  • In the South-East section of OS 21
  • The six-number figure is two sets of three coordinates
  • The 0 and the 2 will lead you to the grid square on the map
  • The remaining numbers will take you to the precise spot within the square

Link Paths

These are in italics and allow you to shorten or combine sections. These are not marked on the OS map but the Calderdale Way guides describe them in more detail.


You will see five kinds of waymarks on the route:

From left to right:

  • Calderdale Way Logo for footpath
  • Calderdale Way Logo for footpath (with direction)
  • Calderdale Way Logo for bridleway
  • Right of Way waymark
  • Link Path


We have completed these with the assistance of a Hebden Bridge Walking group. Each section has been checked and rewritten. Please tell us if you think anything is badly described.

There is a short glossary of terms that you may find helpful

Each file is a simple Word document that you can download and print off.

section 1 west vale to Norland

section 2 Norland to Ripponden

section 2-3 Ripponden to cragg vale

section 4 Cragg Vale to Lumbutts

section 5 Lumbutts to Todmorden

section 6 Todmorden to Blackshaw

section 7 Blackshaw to heptonstall

section 8 Heptonstall to Pecket Well

section 9 Pecket Well to Luddenden

section 10 Luddenden to Brockholes

section 11 Brockholes to Shibden

section 12 Shibden to Norwood

section 13 Norwood to Brighouse

section 14 Brighouse to West Vale

Some of the walkers who have updated the directions.

There are some terms used in the directions that it may be helpful to define:

Path ie a relatively narrow footpath, maybe referred to as a ginnel if walled and in an urban setting. The term causey path refers to large stones put in to carry horses.

Track is the term used for a wide path. We sometimes use Bridleway ie a route for horses. Occasionally we use Lane – the same width as a track but likely to be walled on both sides, may have a tarmac or stone surface. Using any of these terms is not a legal definition, some very wide tracks are mysteriously designated as a footpath.

Stile – sometime wooden, sometimes a gap in a stone wall, (also known as a squeeze stile) sometimes combined with a step

Surfaces stone setted is the local term for cobbled, paved indicates slabs of stone, Tarmac is the term used for a ‘proper’ road surface