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The Calder Divide Trail

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Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th September 2024

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Monday 30th October 2023
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Monday 5th August 2024
160 miles / 260km (Washlands / 'Red' Gravel); 150 miles / 240km (Whirlaw / 'Black' MTB); 100 miles / 160km (Coxley / 'Blue' Gravel); 100 miles / 160km (Chelburn / 'Blue' MTB)
Entries So Far
116 Participants
Entry Fees
Under 25*   £25.00   
Over 25*   £50.00   
* All fees relative to Event Date (14/09/2024)

Camping:  £10
Camping with luggage transfer:  £25

Event Organiser - Adrian Wright

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Join us on the Calder Divide Trail as we tackle the only route in the British Isles to trace the watershed of a river. For the bikepacker that means you weave your way across ‘12 valleys, 6 moors and 1 floodplain’ on paths of gravel, peat and stone that were once trading routes for coal, lead, salt and wool and have been part of the landscape for over 800 years. 

The event will have four circular routes:

Gravel Routes:  'Washlands' - 161 miles / 260km

                               'Coxley' - 100 miles / 160km

MTB Routes:  'Whirlaw' - 150 miles / 240km

                           'Chelburn' - 100 miles / 160km

Each route starts by taking you through the park in Hebden Bridge, up through the oak woods and then wave after wave of Pennine moor. Each of the 4 routes passes over the dam head at Ogden, along the Spen Valley Greenway, over to Shepley then down the steep descent of Wessenden Valley to arrive at Marsden with its many cafes and pubs and in 2024 each route will go over Marsden Moor via the Eastergate Packhorse Bridge. 

Date - The third Calder Divide Trail event will take place on 14th - 15th September 2024.

Entry Price - £50 for adults

                        - £25 for 25 year olds and under

The trails - A rider is free to choose whichever route takes their fancy but two of the routes have trails selected for gravel bikes and two with trails selected for mountain bikes.

GPX files - Sent to your email address two weeks before the event.

Venue - Mytholmroyd Community Center (MYCC) is our Event Hub where riders sign on between 7am - 10am. Throughout the weekend there is access to changing rooms, first class showers, toilets. In 2024 the Event Room will be closed from 12 noon on Saturday till 11am on Sunday.

Car park / train - MYCC has a large, free car / van park and is two minutes from Mytholmroyd train station on the main line between Leeds and Manchester.

Nutrition - Tea / coffee / juice / toast / porridge at the Event Hub in MYCC from 7am. (Sunrise at 6.40am).

Ride - Depart from the starting line outside Mytholmroyd Community Center between 7.30am - 10am on Saturday 14th September. Aim to be back by 6pm the next day.

Luggage transfer - Go ‘traditional’ bikepacking and carry your own bivy/tent or opt to drop your tent and sleeping bag at the Event HQ and it will be transferred up to and back from the camping village. (£15 cover charge for bag transfer as that pays for the hire of a large van for the weekend).

Camping village - There is the option of pitching at our camping village halfway round the trail. It is a working farm with a level grass field for your tent, a water tap, secure lockups for your bike and ample toilets with sinks / cold running water for your basic needs. No showers. (£10 for camping)

Artisan food van - There will be a wood fired artisan pizza van serving delicious fresh pizza from 5pm till late

Barn - The farmers large wooden barn is a very useful social space. We will have a hot water urn for a tea/coffee inside the barn where there are benches as well as tables and chairs. The barn is where you store your bike (lock needed) on Saturday night.

Pie n peas - On Sunday from 11am till 6pm hot pie n peas will be served (meat / vegan / gluten free) as well as tea/coffee/juice.

Badge - All riders who return to Mytholmroyd on the Sunday from 11am-6pm will be awarded a cloth badge embroidered with the CDT logo.

Overgate Hospice - The CDT began as a promise to a friend to 'do a big ride'.  This is our 3rd year of supporting the hospice where Will Norman had his last few days.  Our target is raise £2,000 to support the work of the hospice.

YouTube - A short film about the CDT:

Updates and trail photos / reels - Follow Yorkshire Divide on Instagram and / or Facebook


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Event Location
Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Ave, Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, HX7 5AF