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Copley Woods

Address: The start can be found off North Dean Lane, which leads off Copley Lane, Copley HX3 0UG.

Opening times: All the time.

Admission: Free.

Detail: Copley Village is a "model village", that was built by mill-owner Edward Akroyd in the 1840s. It is now a conservation area with many listed buildings. Model villages were built by mill owners in the 1800s, to improve the conditions of their workers. 

Once you have parked, follow Copley Lane, past the Rugby Club and then onto North Dean Lane, which will take you over a modern bridge (across the River Calder), past the church.  Once you cross the bridge, there is a path to the left which takes you on to North Dean Woods, West Vale or alternatively you can carry on straight up the track through Copley Wood. Once you hit a lone house, the path splits and you can take the path to the left, which is a circular through the Woods or alternatively you can carry on forward, which takes you to a waterfall (this path is not good for little ones).


The circular walk through the Woods continues climbing upwards and offers great views over the valley, as well as train spotting opportunities. There is then a path to the left, which takes you back on yourself, through the woods. The path has a wire fence alongside it with a fairly steep drop on the other side, so you will need to keep hold of little one’s hands. The path then opens out near to the start of the walk and you can then head back down towards the bridge. It took us about an hour and a half with little legs. 

Wheelchair/Pram friendly: The path is not wheel friendly and is difficult at the top for young children. 

Parking and any fees: Free parking can be found in a parking bay on Copley Lane, after you pass the Volunteer Arms and have crossed over the canal. Alternatively you can carry on and park on the street by the Old Rishworthian Rugby Club.

Facilities and refreshment options: There are no toilets on the walk but the Volunteer Arms by Copley Lane offers refreshments and toilets or alternatively you can head into Sowerby Bridge town centre.  

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