COUNCILLORS have approved a plan to trial a green route through part of the Colne Valley.
A Kirklees Cabinet committee has given the go-ahead for the 12-month trial of the first phase of a Colne Valley Greenway pedestrian and cycle route.
It will enable part of the towpath alongside the Huddersfield Narrow Canal to be used by walkers and cyclists.
Some people have expressed concerns about the risks to path users.
But Clr John Smithson, who chairs Kirklees Council's regeneration committee, said: "In supporting the plan the committee carefully took into account the views of local interest groups and the outcome of the public consultation.
"We are aware of the concern of some of the groups, for example walkers and anglers, regarding the cycling element.
"Hence the decision to trial this plan for 12 months on a 5.5km (3.4 miles) stretch of the overall 13km (8 miles) Marsden-to-Huddersfield route."
The proposal will need the support of British Waterways in relation to use of the canal towpath for cyclers.
Work on the first phase is planned to start in May this year.
The route of the first trial phase will run from Linthwaite to Huddersfield.
It includes: the canal towpath from Lowestwood Lane/Titanic Mill, Linthwaite to Shaw Lane, Milnsbridge; the existing road from Shaw Lane to George Street, Milns- bridge; the public footpath and riverside path from George Street to Millgate, Paddock; a private track and public footpath from Millgate to Springwood Avenue; and then the existing road into the town centre of Huddersfield.
The greenway is one of a number being developed as part of a network of pedestrian and cycle routes across the district.
There have been protests over plans for a Fenay Bridge Greenway, from Kirkburton to Kirkheaton.