Distance: Honley Civic Society advise that this walk is approx 4-5 miles and take about two to two and a half hours
Difficulty Rating: Easy
This circular walk takes in stunning long distance views of Castle Hill and the Holme Valley as you walk across the open fields and farmland that lie between Honley and Netherthong.
- Start from Trinity Church, Moorbottom, Honley (there is free on the road parking including layby opposite the church).
- From outside Trinity Church cross the road towards the Scout Hut and turn left on Stony Lane just after the Foresters Arms.
- At the top of Stony Lane is Croft Court where you’ll see a footpath straight ahead to the right of the houses. Take that and walk up through the field towards Long Lane, where you’ll be able to enjoy long distance views looking towards Castle Hill.
- At the top of the first field cross the road through the stiles and continue on the footpaths across two fields where you’ll reach Oldfield Road.
- Again, cross the road and take the public footpath straight ahead, follow this as it bears right around the perimeter of a large private garden and across the field. Cross the next small country lane through the stiles to the next footpath across more fields to the brow of the hill. Here you can enjoy a 360 degree view right across to Castle Hill and then round to look down on Netherthong. Go over the stile and this footpath leads you down to the Cider Press and the Cricketer’s Arms.
- Just after the Cricketer’s Arms turn left down Deanhouse Lane and left on to Deanbrook Road, where a gentle stream meanders through the fields following the line of the road and you will often see sheep grazing in the fields to your left.
- At the junction turn left and up the hill at Upper Hagg Road, which becomes Gib Lane, then Banks.
- Just after some large houses on your left you will find a snicket with steps set into a wall (there’s a public footpath sign indicating where it is). Take these steps which lead to a footpath behind a row of terraced houses that will be on your right, giving you views across the dairy farm.
- At the end of the footpath, where it widens and becomes Field End Lane, turn right and bear left at the junction at the main road on to Far End Lane.
- When you reach Honley Cricket Club on your left, take the footpath up the side of the cricket ground, continue through Honley rec and on to Jagger Lane, then through Roundway back down to Trinity Church.
Thanks to Honley Civic Society for sharing this walk (photography and full copy by Sandie Nicholson), details which can also be found on their main website here.