Halifax Locals – Best Area for Bikeing
In the process of moving to Halifax (renting), to have a good availability of trails to ride from the front door.
2 Options – Copley or Ovenden
Everything being equal I know Copley would be the best option, but Overden is the significantly cheaper option and as a tightfisted Yorkshireman i’m torn.
Any thoughts?Posted 5 years ago
Looked at other areas, but need to be a reasonable distance to Leeds work wise, so dont want to go further west. Places which are bike friendly are a bit limited as well.
Sowerby Bridge is a bit too far, no real options in Brighouse either, and really want to be north of the M62.Posted 5 years ago
Copley. Up Sh*t Spreader Hill and you’re away across the tops all the way to the M62 or hop on the towpath and you’re in Hebden in 30 minutes. Plus you’ve got a really nice local shops up in Skircoat Green and you’re the right side of town for easy access to the M62 etc.
I am biased but south Halifax is fkn awesome.Posted 5 years ago
As long as you don’t move to Illingworth or Gibbet St/Queens Rd then you’ll be fine!
And the Leeds commute thing… are you going to be train’ing it? If so, Copley or Ovenden aren’t exactly close to the station. Skircoat Green/Savile Park is 15/20 minutes walk and personally I’d want to be within that kinda distance. Copley would be a horrid walk to the station as you’d have to walk up Copley Bank first. I’d reckon a good 35/40 minute walk from Copley to the station. That said, there are buses and IIRC they go right past the entrance to the station.
Sowerby Bridge is pretty cheap as another option. Only a mile or two down the valley from Copley but theres a railway station. Less frequent trains to Leeds though but its an ok little place – some cracking pubs and restaurants and the riding is pretty much the same stuff on the doorstep as you’d get in Copley.Posted 5 years ago
Cheers guys. Train isn’t an option as I work well out of Leeds city centre. Yes I know the M62 can be a real pain but driving to work is the only option (and works just off the M62 anyway). Fingers crossed when the new systems in place it’ll be a lot better.
I’ll only be renting for 6-12 months, so it’s just a short term solution until I get to know the area better. Copley seems to be the best option so far.
Might cheekily ask for a bit of a tour around as well when everything’s sorted 😀Posted 5 years ago
What’s putting you off Brighouse? Other than the fact that I’ve just moved there!
Biking wise, you are a short blast on the canal to the same riding area around Copley and Elland.
Access to the M62 and railway is great. The most suprising thing for me is that this ugly, little industrial looking place is actually a bustling, attractive little town with every kind of shop* you could need. It’s got a great park, canal to Sowerby/Hebdon, good trail running, great real ale..
* in a no nonsense Yorkshre kinda way rather than a London high fashions styley!Posted 5 years ago
Woody – I’ve been off the bike since Nov due to house renovations. I’m just feeling my way back into it with the odd hour and some running. Still lots of house stuff to do so I can’t be arsed night riding yet…. But I do intend to have a ride or two with the Ritz Monday night fast boys 🙂Posted 5 years ago
The most suprising thing for me is that this ugly, little industrial looking place is actually a bustling, attractive little town
Same applies for most places around here I reckon. Unless you’ve actually been to Halifax/Brighouse/Sowerby Bridge/Elland and got to know them, you’d just write them off as holes. But they’re not.
Chew – if/when you want a pedal around, let us know. Sure woody and mugboo would come for a pootle as well. Trails drying out very nicely around us at the moment!Posted 5 years agonearnshawMember
To add to the discussion … West Vale, Holywell Green, Greetland, Outlane, Elland, Sowerby Bridge, Brighouse, Southowram, Copley, Skircoat Green (where I live!) are all good places. Also Shibden, Hipperholme, Lightcliffe, Queensbury and Northowram. All of these have great riding available from the doorstep and have roughly the same commute time to Leeds give or take!Posted 5 years ago
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