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Cromwell Bottom
LNR Type: Urban Fringe
County: West Yorkshire
Natural England
Regional Team:
Yorkshire and the Humber
Year of Declaration: 2003
Declaring Authority: Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: SE 127 222
Location: 2km east of Elland. 1.5km west of Brighouse
Owned by: Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Managed by: Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: The main access to Cromwell Bottom is from the A6025 Brighouse to Elland Road. Driving from Elland continue past the crematorium and into the 50mph zone. Look out for a large red brick building on the right. Immediately after this building turn right down the road. Follow this road until you see a simple height barrier over a dirt track on the left. Turn here and park. Walk to the far end of the car park and cross a footbridge over the canal. Continue to go straight forward with the chain-link fence on the right. Cross over the second bridge (over the river Calder) and turn right. To the left is a stile. Cross this onto Tag Loop and follow the footpath around.
Visitor facilities: There are a network of permissive footpaths on the site. These are in the form of well made paths and simpler desire lines. Car parking is free and seasonal ranger led events take place throughout the year.
An audio tour of the site is available for download from the Natural England website at
What to see: Cromwell Bottom is one of the riches areas in Calderdale in terms of biodiversity, acting as a stepping stone this site boasts over 130 species of plant, 200 species of recorded birds, large numbers of mammals, amphibians and a plethora of invertebrate life. Cromwell Bottom is split into 3 areas by the looping river Calder. At present there is no public access to North Loop, however on Tag loop there is a well made footpath (to be opened for wheelchairs in mid 2008) that allows visitors to see much of the site. On Tag Loop there are woodlands, grasslands and ponds that in summer butterflies, dragonflies and leeches can be seen. Brookfoot Loop is a much more wilder place, with simple desire line footpaths, large amounts of scrub, wet woodland, two lagoons and lowland bog.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Cromwell Bottom Development Group
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Chris Sutcliffe
Tel. 01422 393208
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