Public rights of way

The borough of Calderdale has a network of around 2000 paths totalling over 700 miles of footpaths and 125 miles of bridleways, along with a very short network of byways open to all traffic. Some of these paths are one of the best ways of seeing Calderdale’s countryside while others provide useful short cuts to your local shops, bus stop or other services. You can see most of the rights of way network using Calderdale maps online although this should not be relied on for legal purposes.

This network includes sections of two national trails - the Pennine Way|External link, (for walkers) and, for walkers, horse riders and cyclists, sections of the Pennine Bridleway|External link. The Pennine Bridleway is a new linear route which will eventually run from the Peak District to Byrness in Northumberland. The section through Calderdale is complete and connects with a section running through Lancashire to form a 47-mile circular route known as the Mary Towneley Loop. A connecting route - the Calder Aire link - runs from St Ives Estate near Bingley to join the Mary Towneley Loop near Widdop reservoir in Calderdale.

Circular routes for walkers can be found on the Calderdale Way, the Todmorden Centenary Way and the Brighouse Boundary Walk, along with numerous shorter walks based around some of Calderdale’s villages. Information on all these walks can be found in our Tourist Information Offices. You can also see the approximate routes of the Calderdale Way, the Pennine Way and the Pennine Bridleway in Calderdale maps online.

Most of these paths follow public rights of way which are managed by the Rights of Way team based at Northgate House. If you need any further information, contact the rights of way team .

See also FAQs: Public rights of way.

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