Once a quarry, landfill site and ash tip for the old Elland power station, Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve is now home to a mix of woodland, wetland and grassland and is rich in plants and wildlife.
Sandwiched between the West Yorkshire towns of Brighouse and Elland, Cromwell Bottom offers a great place to explore with birds, squirrels, insects and wild flowers all calling it their home.
The reserve is accessible from either the small gravel car park off Elland Road or directly from the canal which runs alongside several of Brighouse town centre’s car parks (a 25-minute walk).
From the car park, there are several routes you can take to enter the reserve but the main entrance is across the bridge towards the portakabin café.
Once across the bridge, there is a map of the area that shows you the available routes as well as areas that are accessible for prams and wheelchairs.
We followed a long loop around the edge of the river, up to the weir and around to the pond dipping platform, before looping back round to the bird watching area and following the path round to the lagoon. From there, we re-joined the canal to meander our way back to the car park.
This route was just short of 3km and lasted for around 40 minutes. Stops at the pond, bird watching area and lagoon added on a further 50 minutes.
Note: This walk will also make a great segue into the Brighouse to Halifax canal walk, which could be linked at the end.