Long Ride to Brighouse (NO intermediate this month)

START POINT is Pret-a-manger, Leeds Rail Station, concourse side
You will need a road bike or a hybrid bike with wide tyres (28 mm or wider)
either having a triple chain set at the front or gearing that allows you to ride steep inclines.
Please note while a mountain bike could be used on this ride the
weight and rolling resistance may too great for the distance.   
The route will include:
  • The new segregated cycle way in Leeds City Centre along Wellington Street
  • A section of the Leeds to Liverpool canal up to Armley
  • A steep incline up Redcote Lane through Armley Park
  • A steady incline up Tong Road up to New Farley
  • Scenic views of Pudsey from Whitehall Rd
  • A busy 4 mile section of road along the A58 near Birkenshaw
  • Café stop in Birkenshaw
  • Quiet country roads through Hunsworth & Scholes
  • A busy 3 mile section along the A643 to Brighouse
  • A six mile section of tarmacked canal tow path & woodland track (also tarmacked) along the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal passing through
  • Cromwell Bottom nature reserve
  • A tarmacked track along Hebble Brook towards Halifax
  • Lifting your bike up ten steps to ride along a narrow ex-railway cutting at Baliff Bridge with panoramic views across Brighouse.    
  • Lunch stop at Shay Café, Halifax
  • Very steep incline up Southowram Bank (2miles) with an option to turn off after a mile to ride flat for 300 yards and then ride a steep 100 yard cobbled incline to complete the remainder of the Bank          
  • Joining the Spen Valley Greenway via Wyke Lane (2 miles)
  • Riding through Bierley to Pudsey, Farsley along the Leeds-Liverpool canal from Rodley to Leeds
Sunday, 21 April, 2019
Start time: 
9.30am OR 9-9.15 with time for a coffee
End time: 
Appox 5pm
Ride distance (m): 
Ride leader: 
Steve J
Ride destination: 
Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve