Exploring SE0120

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1. Introduction


This square contains the head of the valley of Blackshaw Clough. It is in Soyland, which was an Urban District Council until 1933 when it was merged with Rishworth and Barkisland to create Ripponden UDC, which is now Ripponden Civil Parish. The footpath numbers are all prefixed by 'Ripponden'.

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There is only one public road in the square, although it has three names, Coal Gate Road in the south and west of the square and Greave Road to the north and Ash Hall Lane to the north-east.

In the text, 'Footpath' has generally been abbreviated to 'FP', and 'path' has been used for the right-of-way, even if there is no visible track. 'Path on the ground' is the practical route, where it differs from the actual right-of-way. I have described the footpaths in numerical order, with maps to show the start and end points.

The Calderdale Way passes through the square. For the route description, see: LinkExternal link

Links to maps

For historical maps at six inches to the mile and modern OS maps at the largest scale, see the Calderdale Council's on-line maps: LinkExternal link For large-scale maps with rights-of-way, select 'Transport networks'. I usually choose the monochrome version, and then search for, eg, 'Greave Head'. For old maps at six inches to the mile, select 'historical maps' and choose the date of the map. You can adjust the zoom level and change instantly between four editions of the OS six-inch map from 1851-5 to 1934-48.

For historical maps at 1:2500, see the 'old-maps' website: LinkExternal link
Enter the all-figure grid co-ordinates at the centre of the area you wish to see, i.e. A prefix of 4 before both eastings and northings instead of SE. The window for 1:2500 maps is approximately 970m wide by 680m high. You cannot pan the maps, but have to re-enter new co-ordinates and wait for the map to reload.

To see the browse page, the 1:25,000 map in a popup window, or various other options click on 'Links for SE0120' and select the appropriate link.

The map of the Parish of Halifax, 1835, by J F Myers, is available on CD-ROM from the Digital Archives Association, who can also supply the 1850 maps of the West Riding of Yorkshire on DVD-ROM.

2. The roads

Coal Gate Road

The road enters the square from the south, and runs along the edge of the open moorland of Great Manshead Hill.

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The moorland is open access land, and there is a stile onto it opposite the end of the south-western branch of FP10. Unfortunately there was a widespread moorland fire during 2013, but hopefully the vegetation will regenerate during 2014.

There is a bend in the road where it crosses a little valley.

This is the view down the valley.

There is another stile onto the access land opposite FP10, where it runs along the driveway to Greave Head. The road becomes Greave Road a little way to the north at the junction with the track to Cragg Vale via Slate Delfs Hill.

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Greave Road and Ash Hall Lane

As yet there are no images on Geograph of this road within this square. The road starts at the junction with the track to Slate Delfs Hill. It curves around a little valley and then bends to the left at the junction with FP9. It is then only shown as a footpath on the 1850 map, but that could be an error as it is shown as a road on Myers's map of 1835. The driveway on the right down to Great Greave is one branch of FP11, then Bridleway 2 goes to the left, and somewhere about here the road name changes to Ash Hall Lane. The next branch of FP11 is unusable, and the third one is usable with difficulty. Then FP12 goes to the right past the site of Ash Hall Farm It leaves the square at the north-east corner. The Calderdale Way goes along it eastwards from Bridleway 2 (qv), which is approximately where Ash Hall Lane starts.
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Ash Hall Lane is part of the Calderdale Way. The next branch of FP11 at Waggon Farm is unusable, and the third one is usable with difficulty. It is opposite the site of Cuckold Haven. Then FP12 goes to the right past the site of Ash Hall. Cuckold Haven and Ash Hall were last shown on the 1930s six-inch map. The road leaves the square at the north-east corner.
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3. The paths

Bridleway 2

This un-named track is typical of an accommodation road set out by an enclosure award. It is shown on the 1850 map, although this does not show most of the fields, which first appear on the 1:2500 map of 1893. It is part of the Calderdale Way.

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Footpath 9

This is the western end of this footpath, off Greave Road.

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The path comes down a broad grass track.

The path then goes past a former millpond. This fed Greave Head Mill (Woollen), which was immediately below the dam, where the trees are now. The 1850 map has the name 'Tom Hole', and shows 'Tom Hole Drain' curving round from Flints Reservoir to feed the millpond. This drain is still shown, alongside the grass track, on the current large-scale OS map, but is hidden by a hedge. The mill is shown as a ruin (no infill) on the 1893 map.

There is an ochre well next to the track, opposite the site of the mill.

The path now crosses pasture. A curvy line trodden in the grass leads to a footpath gate.

The gate is across a stone gap-stile.

The path then runs alongside the wall of another field, and comes to two field gates. You need to go through the gate on the right, and continue along the right-hand side of the wall. This is not the route on old maps (up to 1907) which show a track on the left side of the wall.

You then come to Little Greave Farm, and go through the field gate. This is not the route on the rights-of-way map. The path should go around the south side of all the farm buildings.

The path 'on the ground' goes through this gate, round the north side of the farmhouse, and along the driveway.

This is the driveway approaching Great Greave, where the path is crossed by FP11.

The path turns right towards Great Greave farmhouse, and between the north-eastern corner of the building (see FP11) and a 17C barn that is listed Grade II. It then goes through a gate and crosses a field, with a wall on the right, to this stile.

The path is then rather wet, along the edge of rough pasture. It leaves the square just before reaching Water Green Lane.

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Footpath 10

The eastern end of this path is on Slack Lane, which is the driveway to Far Slack ('Slack Barn' on the 1850 map).

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At Far Slack, there is a junction with FP11. FP10 turns left and up a grass track to this field gate. This path is shown on the 1850 map.

Following the field boundary wall, a branch of the path goes to Coal Gate Road.

The main path goes through this little gate.

The path then plunges down dramatically to Pad Hole.

At the bottom of the hill you are faced by this sign. At the time I was not sure about the route of the right-of-way, but it does go through this gate and then, after about 40m, through the wall on the right. However there is no stile.

A few metres back there is this field gate on the right, masked by hawthorns. If you go into the field and turn left, there is another field gate, which leads to a track and back onto the public footpath.

The path curves across a valley to Greave Head. The right-of-way goes through the rushes to the right of the ruined wall, but the 'path on the ground' swings round further along a dry track.

The path comes through the gate onto the driveway of Greave Head.

There is a trough at the side of the driveway, which soon reaches Coal Gate Road.


The track to Cragg Vale

This is officially part of Ripponden FP10, but is really a continuation of Sowerby Bridge Bridleway 126. It is shown on the 1850 map.

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This is the track as it approaches the slight bend halfway to the parish boundary, which is where the track leaves the square.

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