Howley Hall Ruins
Get away from the traffic and noise with an out and back (4k in total!) mixed terrain route to Howley Hall ruins – discover a hidden gem right on your doorstep!
Head right out of the driveway to the club, going south on Dewsbury Road, and swing a right shortly afterwards onto Quarry Lane. Follow the lane, tackling the gradual incline, and once you get to the sharp right hand bend, continue straight ahead onto the Leeds Country Way – away from all the traffic and noise. Follow the path straight ahead through the open field and run in between the three big water drums. Here the path will narrow to single file.
Follow this narrow path all the way down to the kissing gate (kissing is only optional at this point!). Carry on going straight ahead, running alongside Howley Hall golf course until you reach a fork in the trails after about 400 metres. Take the short, steep right hand one that will take you up to the ruins of Howley Hall.
When you get to the top, take your best selfie and enjoy the fantastic views on offer. Retrace your steps to find your way back to the clubhouse for a well-earned rest!
Run with the Wolves! http://runleeds.co.uk/running-group/woodkirk-valley-wolves/
Formerly one of the grand country houses in Yorkshire, Howley Hall was a survivor of a siege during the English Civil War in 1643. Apporoximately 100 years later, the house was demolished, with the stone being sold and used to construct a chapel in nearby Bradford. A sad demise for a once impressive old building.