The Hawksworth – Hollings Hill 4 miler

LS20 8HD

Distance: 6.44km

Elevation: 604ft


This 4 mile route is perfect for hill training, with some beautiful scenery to take your mind off that steep climb on the way back! Enjoy the rolling green fields, as you run down hill and under the impressive Esholt railway viaduct.

This then takes you onto some lovely woodland trails, coming back along the quiet road with the old sewage works on your left, and skirting around the lovely Esholt village, home of the Woolpack and the original Emmerdale site. As you run back up the steep Old Hollings Hill road, take the signposted public footpath (featured in the photo) at the top of the hill.

This is well marked with fields to one side and the farmhouse on the other. When you get to the gate (be sure to close this behind you), take care crossing the A6038 Hollings Hill road. Follow the green public footpath signposts, across this busy road and up the track with fields to one side and trees to the other.

At the top of this track there will be a (homemade) sign to turn right, this is a path honest! Keep close to the dry stone wall and keep going through a couple of fields and a squeeze stile, where you will reach an attractive narrow track walled off either side. Don’t head up, but turn right and down towards the road (Hawksworth Lane) which will bring you back to your start point.

If you want to add on, there are plenty of options. If you head into Hawksworth village there are plenty more paths and bridleways to explore.

Where to park if travelling by car

You can park on Hawksworth Lane or some of the residential streets just off it. There are also parking places in Guiseley.

How to get there by public transport

Guiseley train station is the closest to the start of the route. If you find Morrisons supermarket and get onto Park Road, Old Hollings Hill is just off this very close to the start of the route.


Guiseley provides a number of cafes and pubs. There is also a toilet at Morrisons supermarket as well as a cafe. Esholt village also has the famous Woolpack pub, and the local village shop are happy to refill your water bottle!


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