Aims of the 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, as far as practicable, on the disused railway line running from Sowerby Bridge to Rishworth. This Greenway will:

  • encourage more movement of people between the two towns and villages
  • encourage more journeys to be made on foot or on bike
  • encourage a healthier lifestyle
  • give people with young children and people with mobility issues a safe and accessible place to walk and/or cycle
  • preserve the historic Victorian railway structures and use visual aids to educate people on the valley’s industrial industry
  • give residents the option to travel to work in Halifax, Leeds and Manchester (via the train station at Sowerby bridge) without using their car
  • encourage tourists to visit the area and grow the local economy by linking to the canal towpath network