Welcome to the Ryburn Valley Greenway Project!

What are the aims of the Project? To create a safe and easy cycling, walking and riding route connecting Sowerby Bridge, Ripponden and Rishworth. The aim is to build a fully accessible Greenway on the disused railway line running from Sowerby Bridge to Rishworth. More Details

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The un-surfaced former railway line

Feasibility Study: The publication of this document marked an important stepping stone in the project. By January 2015, the Ryburn Valley Greenway Group had worked with Calderdale Council and other local organisations to acquire funding for a feasibility study, which was carried out by Sustrans. Read the introduction and download a full copy of the Study on our Feasibility Study page.

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The busy & narrow A58 in Sowerby Bridge

Why is the Greenway Needed? The narrow and extremely busy major roads of the Ryburn valley, are intimidating to all but experienced cyclists (see video below). They carry a very high volume of traffic including many HGVs. Alternative routes are steep, poorly surfaced and do not provide a single, continuous route suitable for mixed utility usage. The potential benefit of a traffic free route for walkers, cyclist and horse riders is immense. More Details

Local Support for the Project: We are a group of people from various arms and sections of the Ryburn Valley community who are all passionate about the Project. We have strong backing from the wider community with 98% of people surveyed supporting the project. More Details

How You Can Support The Project: For all the latest news on how to back the project.

MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING IMAGES, VIDEO AND THE HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

A Video Journey Along the A58 Highlighting The Issues

A Video Journey Along the Old Railway Line

A Slideshow of Scenes Along the Old Railway Line

history-2-engine-crewHistorical Perspective – A look back at the Rishworth branch line’s history by local author Jeff Fisher, including images of it in operation  – Rishworth Branch History

 

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