There are a number of different ways to get into Calverley woods. This route map starts at the wooden signpost for the Calverley Cutter, just off Carr Road. There are a couple of quieter residential streets to park up opposite the start. This attractive track takes you downhill and under a small bridge with some impressive rocks on either side. If you fancy an adventure or add on through the woods, then take the path off to the right through the stone ‘squeeze stile’. Or just head straight down the ‘cutter’ track for an easier/shorter route to the iron railing bridge.
If you have chosen to meander through the woods (as on the route map), there are a number of small paths to take once you are into the woods, but you are basically heading downhill where you will eventually meet the canal. You will be on the opposite side to the towpath though. You should see a school and playing fields in the distance on the other side of the towpath. Keep the canal to your right as you run back on yourself towards the blue iron railing bridge or Calverley Cutter.
Cross over this bridge and head towards the main road, this is Harrogate Road, which you will need to cross. (Don’t make my mistake of thinking there is a shorter way to the canal towpath – Tomlin Well Lane is a dead end!). Once you have crossed the road, head up towards and past the Bridge Cafe. You will see signs for the canal which you need to follow. Once you are on the canal towpath, you are heading towards Rodley for a mile or so.
It is an easy and beautiful canal route to follow now, with Calverley woods on the opposite side. Keep following the canal until you reach a swing bridge with a sign post offering three directions. You are taking the public footpath towards Rodley Lane, heading over the bridge and up through the green fields. Follow the path upwards and you will eventually meet the main road, the A657 and thankfully a pavement. Head towards Calverley, past the Calverley Arms Pub and through the village. You should keep going past the park, where you will eventually be back at the start point.
Where to park if travelling by car
There is no car park, but there are a number of residential side streets for parking and some spaces opposite Calverley Park.
How to get there by public transport
The closest train station is Apperley Bridge, which is only 5 mins away from the mid way point of the route if you wanted to start at the canal section after the Bridge Cafe instead.
There is also the number 60 Aireline bus from Leeds towards Keighley which stops at Calverley.
There are lots of lovely pubs and cafes in Calverley at the end of your run. I have also mentioned the Bridge Cafe and the Calverley arms for some on route refreshment!