Distance: ½ mile by Route 2; 1 mile by Route 1
Difficulty: Easy. Route 1 is Moderate due to long hill
Links with: Marsden to Tunnel End; Hey Green to Upper Green Owlers; Berry Greave
This starts in the car park at Tunnel End, where you can gorge on coffee and cake. Walk up the road until you come to the open space in front of what used to be the Tunnel End pub. There are now two possible routes, which can be combined into a circular route. If you want to do thi8s, I advise turning left and walking clockwise, via Ainsley and White Lee, because the hill uses less electricity this way round, if you’re using a scooter.
Route 1 Via White Lee
This involves some walking along the pavement by the side of the A62, which is noisy and fast, but it has open views over the valley to Huck Hill and Green Owlers.
When you turn left just before the pub, you will be going along Ainsley Lane, with views down to Tunnel End on your left. The lane climbs quite steeply to the left to emerge on the main road (Huddersfield to Manchester). Turn right onto the pavement, and keep going.
Down to your right is the hamlet of Ainsley (Anne’s meadow), and after that you will see a transport café on your left. The rising ground to your left is the northern shoulder of Pule Hill. The next group of houses is White Lee, and here you turn right down a private road to the right. There is a gate here with a cattle grid, but you can get round it through the gate on the right. If you are on a scooter, go through slowly.
Now trundle down the road, enjoying the views and the peace after the main road. There is very little traffic here, but cars will be going slowly because of the speed bumps. There is a right-angled bend to the right, and the road becomes rough. It is passable, but go slowly. At the bottom of the road, you will cross the bridge over the Colne, Hey Green House will be straight ahead (it was the home of a mill owner), and you will turn right along the shady road, the river to your right and the huge stone wall to your left. Note the blue plaque on the wall by the small iron gate.
Keep going, past the cottages on your right, till you come to a gate on your right. Go through the gate and onto a wheelchair-friendly path that follows the river.
You have joined up with Route 2.
n front of the pub at Tunnel End turn left along Waters Road, till you come to a gate on your left Go through the gate into what some call The Reservoir, some call The Swamps, some call The Nature Reserve, some call The Flood Plain. The lip of the gate has eroded, but is still negotiable in either direction if you keep as far over to the left as you can.
Go right along the path, so the boggy land is on your left. Keep following the path, past wooden benches, a gate out to the road, a tiny bridge, a picnic table, and on till you get to the gate at the end of the path, which is where you join up with Route 1.
This walk complets your ramble up the Colne Vally from Slaithwaite, a total distance of about 4 miles.