It has occurred to me that, after nearly 10 years of my books being out in the world, that I need somewhere to highlight corrections and amendments to some of my older material. Things change fast and I have become aware of a few routes that now have obstructions on them that make them hard to follow, particularly in The West Yorkshire Woods: Part I, where previously accessible but informal paths have been blocked off with no course legal recompense. All reprints of my books are continually updated but I appreciate that this is not enough to make you go out and buy a new copy, so from now on I will collate all significant route changes here to hopefully avoid as many people coming unawares upon a series of barbed wire fences.

The Anne Lister Walk

Unfortunately the tunnel from Shibden Hall through to Cunnery Wood is currently closed for safety reasons, obstructing the very start of the Anne Lister Walk. If you follow the drive up from the hill hall, then bear left across the road you quickly by-pass this and can still explore the sites of Cunnery Wood from this side.

West Yorkshire Moors (1st Edition)

Route 25: Withins Height, Crow Hill and Ponden Kirk from Ponden
This route is still perfectly accessible but has become much harder going with the virtual disappearance of the faint path up the side of Walshaw Dean, so much so that I removed it from the second edition. Just be aware you are in for some rough heather, bracken and tussock bashing.

West Yorkshire Woods: Part 1 (1st Edition)

Route 3: Beacon Hill, Shibden Park, Sunny Vale and Chelsea Valley from Halifax
The now-private path along the top of Sutcliffe Wood from point 6 has been blocked by barbed wire at the bottom end and there is a dispute over this claimed Right of Way. In the meantime it is necessary to follow the path left beyond the factory to reach the A644. Turn right along the road for 400m, then turn right on an unsigned path beyond the Brighouse Juniors sports field. Keep right on the lane to rejoin the route by the aerial flight support, the whole diversion being less than half a mile.

On the same route, the tunnel from Shibden Hall through to Cunnery Wood is currently closed for safety reasons, though following the alternative route down the main drive past Shibden Hall quickly by-passes this.

Route 4: Elland Park, Cromwell and Strangstry Woods from Elland or Brighouse
Soon after point 3, the faint path along the top of Binns Wood has been blocked off. Instead you can follow Binns Top Lane all the down the hill. Double back left at the bottom to eventually join a vehicle track past Near Binns, then bear left shortly before the road and follow a path along the bottom of private Binns Wood. This climbs steadily at the far end to reach Boggart House, back on the route described in the book.

Route 5: North Dean Wood, Wainhouse Tower and Wood House Scar from West Vale or Copley
The canal bridge at point 7 has now reopened but, at point 8, the path through the churchyard of St Stephen’s Church has been blocked off at the far end, so you need to go left through a gap just beyond the churchyard and keep left around it to rejoin the riverside.

Route 6: Hebble Brook & Mixenden from Halifax
From Point 6, the original route along the lovely riverside meadows is now impassable due to a new development at Box Trees Mill. Instead the only alternative is now to turn left up Mixenden Road past Jumples Court, then turn right along Crag Lane. After half a mile, double back right to the Flying Pig, then head immediately left down a path before it emerge by the entrance to Box Trees Mill beneath Wheatley Viaduct.

Route 7: Blackburn Valley from Barkisland
After point 3 the path on the south side of the Black Brook beyond Gate Head has been blocked off, meaning you now need to stay on the left bank of the stream throughout.

Also, between points 4 and 5 the path beyond the golf course is now legally blocked by barbed wire. Turn right here to descend out of the wood and reach the back of Gate Head Mill. Follow the track left (with a brief signed detour into the trees) to head back up the hill to rejoin the route past Stubbing.

West Yorkshire Woods: Part 1 (2nd Edition)

Route 6: Hebble Brook & Mixenden from Halifax
From Point 6, the original route along the lovely riverside meadows is now impassable due to a new development at Box Trees Mill. Instead the only alternative is now to turn left up Mixenden Road past Jumples Court, then turn right along Crag Lane. After half a mile, double back right to the Flying Pig, then head immediately left down a path before it emerge by the entrance to Box Trees Mill beneath Wheatley Viaduct.

West Yorkshire Woods: Part 2

Route 4: Middleton Park and Ardsley Fall from Middleton
Between points 4 & 5, I have received reports that the footpath through the rubble yard and beneath the M62 has been obstructed and walkers are being turned back by the landowner. This is a public right of way so attempts are being made to reopen it, but in the meantime your only real option is to follow the alternative route, which unfortunately misses out the East Ardsley and Thorpe on the Hill section of this route.

Route 17: Bradford Beck, Bolton Woods & Wrose Hill from Bradford
Between points 5 & 6, the informal path across the field beside Carcase End Farm has now been blocked off, so you have to head left back along High Busy Lane to a gate on the right just before Laverack Hall that leads down the far side of the same field to continue the route.