Hebden Bridge and the Bronte Way
Yorkshire Mountain Bike Route Guide
This mountain bike route of 21.4 miles follows the trails across the moorlands north of Calderdale, in South Yorkshire. After starting from Hebden Bridge the route goes through Oxenhope, then along the Bronte Way to Ogden Water, before returning. It's a great ride with a mixture of terrain for the descents, which includes Pecket Well, and some big climbs that will get your legs burning. If you do this on a bad day bear in mind it can be a bit bleak on't moor, as there is nowhere to hide from the weather.
1. Start from the car park in the centre of town, just over the bridge from St George's Square, near the A6033 (GR992274). Leave the car park from the exit by the road junction and turn left to go across the bridge to St George's Square. At the square turn left to the junction with the A6033 a short distance later. Turn left and climb the A6033. At the traffic lights go straight ahead to continue up the A6033. After the lights take the third road on the left, at a four way junction, signed for Hardcastle Crags (GR993280).
2. Follow Midgehole Road all the way to the public toilets, just before the entrance of National Trust car park (GR988291). Directly after the toilets turn right up a thin track between the dry stone walls, signed as a bridleway. At the junction at the top turn right and climb the lane up the left hand side of the valley. The lane soon becomes a gravel track as it re-enters the trees. Climb straight on past all the tracks on either side. After leaving the trees behind continue up the valley and go through a gate, by a farm on the right. This leads on to a flat section of trail that leads to a junction with a gate on the left, by a derelict building (GR989313).
3. Go straight on past the building and continue up the valley. The trail then bears left to a gate. After the gate go through a right hand bend to another gate. Go through this gate and descend the main trail, going past the tracks on the left, to a bridge over the stream at the bottom. Go over the bridge then follow the track to a junction with a lane (GR995324).
4. Turn left, and climb the steep lane. The lane flattens off at a house on the right. Continue ahead up the lane then keep going straight on where the lane becomes a gritstone track. At the forked double track junction bear right for the final tricky finish to the climb. At the top go straight on to follow the wall on the left along a flat section of trail. Before long the track heads down hill for a very rocky start to a long descent. Go through the gate after the bends and continue along the main track. After the next gate the trail heads slightly uphill before a fast and steep rocky section that finishes at a farm, on the left. At the farm follow the track straight on down to the reservoir. Follow the track around the right hand side of the reservoir to the road junction in front of the dam (GR017352).
5. Turn right and go past the cottages to a crossroad junction. Turn right and descend the road straight ahead, through a dip, to where it ends at a junction with the main road (A6033) in Oxenhope (GR031348). Turn left and descend the main road through a left hand bend to a junction with a road on the right, by the Bay Horse Inn on the left (GR032348). Turn right and descend the road to the next junction then turn left and follow the road to where it ends a junction with the B6141 (GR034348).
6. Turn right and climb the steep road out of Oxenhope, all the way to a crossroad junction by the Dog & Gun Inn near the top of the hill (GR048342). Turn right and climb the dead end lane. At the junction on a left hand bend bear left to climb steeply to the house at the top. Follow the lane around the back of the house, where it becomes a flat dirt track. The track then goes through a right hand bend to a gated junction. At the junction directly after the gate go straight on along the wide track, keeping the reservoir on the left. At the far side of the junction the track left to a gated junction (GR046333).
7. Go through the gate on the left and climb the gravel track, which is the Bronte Way. At the top of the hill continue straight on along the rutted singletrack. The track soon points downhill for a great descent of many lines. Not too far down just descent, directly after a large cairn and opposite the last turbine of the wind farm on the opposite side of the valley on the right, there is a junction with a vague grassy singletrack trail on the right (GR??????). Turn right and descend the single track that quickly becomes more defined (if you miss this turning the two trails do meet back up again). At the edge of the stream gully follow the track left and continue along the edge of the gully to a junction with a track on the left (this is where the tracks meet up again). Bear right and descend to the gate. Go through the gate then keep following the obvious track straight ahead. The track eventually comes to a gate, after which it thins down as it descends through a small cutting. Go through the next gate and descend the wide broken track to a junction with a lane (GR068309).
8. Turn right and follow the lane to the next junction then turn left and descend to the Ogden Water dam. There is a café and toilets just before the dam. At the junction on the edge of the dam go straight on through the gate then along the cobbled path across the dam. On the far side bear right and climb the wide cobbled concessional bridleway. After the trees continue climbing, past the golf course, then through a left hand bend to a gate. Go straight on through the gate to the next gate at a house on the right. Go straight on through the gate to a junction with a road (GR045306).
9. Turn right and follow the road past the wind farm on the right, to where it becomes a wide gravel track, just after a gated junction on the left. Continue straight on along the gravel track, above Warley Moor Reservoir on the left. The track eventually becomes a tarmac lane again just before it comes to a junction with a gated track on the left, where the lane starts descending steeply (GR033323).
10. Turn left, through the gate and descend the grassy double track to the next gate. Go through the gate and follow the boggy track over a few thin wooden bridges, to a junction at the far right hand corner of the reservoir (GR026320). Turn right and go through the gate then follow the grassy singletrack along the left hand side of the drainage ditch for about 1.5 miles to a junction with a track on the left, by a small stone bridge (GR014300). Go straight on, then soon after bear right and climb the boggy trail to the trig point at the top of High Brown Knoll (GR009304).
11. After the trig point bear slightly right and follow the singletrack that weaves through the rocks as it crosses the top of the moor. The trail eventually goes down a steep, stepped grassy descent that ends at a gate at the A6033 (GR999311). Go through the gate then turn left and descend the main road into Pecket Well. Bear right on the main road through the village and go past the Robin Hood Inn to a junction with a road on the left (GR996293). Continue straight on down the main road and go past the bus shelter, immediately after. Directly after a junction with a tarmac track on the right, a short distance after the bus shelter, turn right down the thin, rock paved track (GR996292).
12. Descend the steep rocky track, by the dry stone wall on the right, into the trees. At the next junction turn right and descend the cobbles, then bear left over the stream and up a short climb. The trail soon starts descending again, becoming rocky and technical. Go down through a number of bends to a junction by a house directly after a drop. Continue straight on down the next drop to where the track finishes directly on a lane at the bottom (GR990291).
13. Turn left and follow the previously ridden lane to the junction with the A6033 in the outskirts of Hebden Bridge. Turn right and descend the main road into the town to the junction at the bottom in the dip (GR993273). Turn right, then at St George’s Square, a short distance later, turn right again to go over the bridge and return to the car park to complete the ride.