Spen Valley's patchwork of urban settlement is blessed with green open spaces, many with historic links between modern ' Cleckheckmon'sedge ' and its vivid and at times violent past. Our green spaces are accessible and a draw for both local residents and visitors, because you're never far from "civilization".
Kirklees Council's website gives details of parks in the Spen Valley
In addition to Spen Bottoms in Cleckheaton, important open areas are Peep Green Hartshead, Roberttown Common, Popeley Fields between Heckmondwike & Gomersal, and Fusden & Fan Woods in Gomersal. Oakwell Hall and Country Park near Gomersal is a great place to walk, cycle or horse-ride as well as soak up history, enjoy the cafe and excellent children's play area. A "recycled greenspace" is Dewsbury Country Park, a large part of the Lower Spen Valley, which has been transformed from a former landfill tip into green fields & woods. It's convenient for walking, cycling and outdoor activities. Its main entrance is on Park Road Ravensthorpe, but the eastern edge connects to Spen Valley Greenway near Dewsbury Moor, and part of the park is the Lower Spen Valley Nature Reserve A new wood was born in Spen Valley in 2020 after we created the"Jo Cox Community Wood", a place for children and families to explore nature, relax and reflect. It's next to the Spen Valley Greenway between Heckmondwike and Cleckheaton. See more in the Projects section of this website.
See our "Things to Do" section for information about trails and greenways in the Spen Valley.