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Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail

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Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 28 Jun 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail Walking Guidestar1 Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail Walking Guidestar1 Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail Walking Guidestar1 Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail Walking Guidestar1 Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail Walking Guide
West Yorkshire, Haworth
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail Walking Guide boot Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail Walking Guide
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A 2.5 mile linear walk between two stations on the Keighley and Worth Valley heritage railway in West Yorkshire. The journey in the opposite direction can be completed with a train ride (on a steam train if you plan ahead in the summer months) but the heritage railway timetable varies greatly across the seasons so check train times carefully before you set out. The walk takes you past several of the landmarks that you may recognise from the 1970 film The Railway Children as well as enjoying long peaceful stretches of path alongside the beautiful Bridgehouse Beck.

The walk has just a few gentle slopes along the way. The route follows a mixture of paved and unmade paths, some parts of which can get muddy and some sections of which are very narrow. You will need to negotiate some steps, some (tight!) kissing gates and a couple of stone squeeze gaps but there are no stiles on route. You will be sharing some of the paths with horses and sometimes with other livestock so take care with dogs. There are toilets and refreshments available at Oxenhope Station. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.

As the walk is linear, with a heritage rail journey in the opposite direction, make sure you check the train timetables at kwvr.co.uk before you set out as the timetables vary significantly throughout the year. We suggest parking at Oxenhope Station (which has a large free car park), catching the train to Oakworth and then walking back so that you don’t have to worry about missing the train after your walk. Oxenhope Station is just outside the village of Oxenhope, near Haworth in West Yorkshire. Approximate post code BD22 9LB.

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Walk Sections

Start to Vale Fold Cottages
Start to Vale Fold Cottages

Start point: 53.8414 lat, -1.9419 long
End point: 53.8393 lat, -1.9451 long

Begin by catching the train from Oxenhope Station to Oakworth Station. Take time to enjoy the beautifully maintained platform at Oakworth Station, decorated with old advertising signs, milk churns and luggage. The station is much as it would have been in 1910, lit with gas lamps and with vintage signage.

Oakworth Station is most famous for being the station in the 1970 film The Railway Children. As a recap, the film tells the story of three children who move from London to Yorkshire. They become friendly with the station porter, Albert Perks, and are involved in several adventures including alerting a train to a landslide.

Leave the station, turn left over the level crossing and you will see the first house on the left, Railway Cottage. In the film this was the home of Albert Perks, the station porter. Follow the pavement downhill and swinging right. Further along the pavement leads you alongside the beck and under the impressive arch of an old mill building. Vale Mill was built around 1785 and was a spinning mill.

Continue on the road as it swings left around the end of the mill, taking care of any traffic on this blind corner. Follow the right-hand edge of the road ahead and, where the road swings left, turn right onto the stone track (Mytholmes Lane) passing Vale Fold Cottages on your left. These cottages were seen in the film during the Paper Chase sequence, a hare and hounds type game where the person designated as the hare leaves a trail of paper for those people designated as hounds to chase.

Vale Fold Cottages to Ebor Lane
Vale Fold Cottages to Ebor Lane

Start point: 53.8393 lat, -1.9451 long
End point: 53.8347 lat, -1.947 long

Just beyond the cottages, turn left through the kissing gate to join the public footpath signed to Ebor Lane. Continue on this enclosed path and pass through the next gate to join a section of path with Bridgehouse Beck running immediately on the right.

Further along, the path leads you over a footbridge across the beck and begins to climb towards the railway. Towards the top of the slope (before the path swings left), look over the wall to the right and you will see the entrance of the railway tunnel, Mytholmes Tunnel. The tunnel was an important landmark in the film, and one of the main reasons that this railway was chosen as the filming location. It is alongside this tunnel that the landslide was filmed, with the children waving their red petticoats to warn the train driver of the danger. The tunnel is a lot shorter in reality than it appears in the film, for which a temporary extension to the tunnel was made using canvas covers.

Stay on the path which bends left and ahead you will see a road bridge over the railway. This is a recent replacement for the metal bridge which featured in the closing scene of the film. Keep ahead and a few metres later you will emerge to the junction with Ebor Lane.

Ebor Lane to Haworth Station
Ebor Lane to Haworth Station

Start point: 53.8347 lat, -1.947 long
End point: 53.8313 lat, -1.9485 long

Cross over with care and turn left along the road edge. Soon you can merge with the separate walkway which runs behind a wall on the right-hand side of the road. Follow this over Ebor Mill Dam, with the mill and its tall stone chimney across to the left.

Follow the pavement as it swings right, heading uphill. At the T-junction at the top, turn right and follow the road downhill, passing between a number of small shops. You will reach Haworth Station on the right. It was within Haworth village that the filming was undertaken for the village scenes. The tourist information centre was transformed into a butcher and other outlets became an ironmongers, gift shop and post office.

Haworth Station to Ives Bottom Farm
Haworth Station to Ives Bottom Farm

Start point: 53.8313 lat, -1.9485 long
End point: 53.8211 lat, -1.9453 long

Use the zebra crossing just before Haworth Station to swap to the left-hand pavement and continue along Station Road passing the engine sheds and fire station across to the right. When the road swings right (with the war memorial across to the right), keep ahead on the left-hand pavement which leads you into the side road, Brow Road.

Follow the road as it bends left, and immediately afterwards turn right onto the public footpath signed to Oxenhope. Go up the stone steps and along the flagstone path to reach a gate. Pass through this and continue on the fenced stone path with a wall running on the right. A kissing gate leads you onto the next stretch of path, running along the right-hand edge of a meadow, with the train line now running just to your right.

Continue in the same direction through a gate and across a second meadow, then cross a footbridge to the right. Swing left to continue on the path through a belt of trees, with Bridgehouse Beck running down to the right. Pass through the next kissing gate and keep ahead passing between a horse paddock on the right and a ruined farmhouse on the left.

Beyond the farmhouse, keep ahead climbing the narrow steps set within the stone wall. Continue on the narrow path climbing steadily and the next gate leads you down through the front courtyard of a stone property, Ives Bottom Farm.

Ives Bottom Farm to End
Ives Bottom Farm to End

Start point: 53.8211 lat, -1.9453 long
End point: 53.8142 lat, -1.9525 long

Continue ahead to join the concrete access drive for just a few paces and, just beyond the gateway, turn right down the narrow stone path. This path swings left to once again run alongside the beck. Continue along the waterside path, ignoring the first bridge, a stone arch bridge built for pack horses, on the right. Keep your eyes peeled within the beck as you may be lucky enough to spot a dipper or kingfisher.

Continue ahead, crossing a wooden footbridge across a stream inlet and passing through a wooden squeeze gap. The path swings left, up some steps and then turns right through a stone squeeze gap. Cross the metal footbridge over the beck and turn left to continue on the path with a wire fence running on the right.

As you approach the cottage ahead, swing left following the line of the stone wall. Merge with the cottage access drive and follow this ahead. The drive swings steadily left and leads you past a water treatment works on your right. Immediately after the works, turn right through a kissing gate and follow the path with a stone wall on the right.

At the end of the path you will come to a signed T-junction. Turn left (signed to Oxenhope) and cross the metal footbridge. At the far side turn right (signed to Oxenhope village and station) and follow the path with the beck running down to the right. Continue past Wilton House on the left and on to reach a T-junction with the village road. Turn right, taking care of any traffic, cross over the beck and you will come to Oxenhope Station on the right where this walk terminates.

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1 responses to "Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail"

Great little adventure. Free parking, buffet car at the station, lovely riverside walk, interesting old buildings, etc. May only be a few miles but plenty to enjoy. I would do this walk again.

By Richard on 2015-06-29 07:25:35

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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4 images to "Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail"

4673_0Richard1435558994 Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail Walking Guide Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
The famous bridge in the Railway Children.
4673_1Richard1435558995 Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail Walking Guide Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Haworth Station.
4673_2Richard1435558995 Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail Walking Guide Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
The path back runs close to the rail line and there is something rather nice about watching the steam train pass - you can smell and hear it too!
4673_0Richard1435562717 Oakworth to Oxenhope Steam Trail Walking Guide Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Vale Mill a long time ago...

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