Fancy walking in the footsteps of Yorkshire’s best-loved fictional policewoman?

Now you can walk a few miles in the stout shoes of Sgt Catherine Cawood, of the hit BBC crime drama Happy Valley.

The Happy Valley walk, led by Richard Gibbons of Rochdale Ramblers, will take in several of the locations used for the series starring Sarah Lancashire.

It features Sowerby Bridge Police Station, which was used for filming inside and outside, and is still an operational police station.

The walk will take in the steep Tuel Lane which heavily features in the programme and the Tesco car park where detective turned murderer John Wadsworth (played by Kevin Doyle) has a meltdown.


The six-mile walk, on September 22, will pass a bridge from which Wadsworth jumps at the end of the second series.

And it will pass Sowerby Bridge wharf where recovering alcoholic Neil Ackroyd (Con O’Neill) relapses spectacularly.

Separate from Happy Valley the walk also takes in the Norland Plateau and sections of the pretty Ryburn Valley.

Richard said: “It’s a walk I’ve done before but when I saw the two series I thought I recognised some of the filming locations.

“As a tourist area Happy Valley may have put it on the map a bit more than before.”

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Richard expects fans of the series to join the walk and he’s happy to stop at the locations and explain their role in the show.

He said: “It’s not a problem stopping at the locations. I don’t mind taking a few shots and taking about the locations and some of their backgrounds in terms of the series.”

The walk, which takes approximately three hours, starts from Sowerby Bridge Railway Station, Station Road, at 11am.

It is of medium difficulty, due to the steep hills involved, and it is recommended walkers bring strong footwear and waterproof clothing.

It's part of the South Pennine Walk and Ride Festival which takes place from September 10-14. It includes historical walks, a National Trust guided walk and tougher walks for experienced ramblers.

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Happy Valley, which enjoyed a primetime TV slot from its first broadcast in April 2014, is filmed in locations around Calderdale and Huddersfield.

A large number of indoor scenes were shot at Brookes Mill, Armitage Bridge.

The series, written by Sally Wainwright who is originally from Almondbury, also includes a scene in the Will O’Nats pub, Meltham.

A third series is rumoured to be in the making with Sarah Lancashire said to be ‘very keen’ on resuming her role.

Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright
Happy Valley writer Sally Wainwright