There are lots of interesting walks and cycling routes close to the Turkey Inn. We’re collating some of the more popular and accessible ones here and adding a bit of local knowledge to make the walk a little bit more interesting.
This section of the site will be updated regularly with new routes. Please let us know if you have any suggestions and check the site for updates!
A Heritage Walk from Goose Eye
Feel free to park in the pub car park. There’s no need to ask if you’re starting in the morning but if there are lots of you we’d like to know in advance!
This walk is approximately 8 miles in length. It takes approximately 4 hours to complete. The walk includes some areas that can be quite slippery, some steep inclines and requires walkers to climb over several stiles. The walk should be suitable for dogs, though please keep them on a short lead whilst passing livestock. Dogs are welcome in the Turkey Inn.
Starting point, the car park of the Turkey Inn.
The Turkey Mill was founded in 1797 as a water powered woollen mill. Transformed in 1822 into a Paper Mill the Turkey Mill produced the paper on which the Indian Rupee was printed.
The chimney, reduced in size for safety reasons in 1971, once stood 200 feet tall. In 1845 a 14 year old chimney sweep by the name of Henry Johnson suffocated and died whilst sweeping the flue of this chimney.
Turn left as you leave the pub car park. Cross the bridge over Dean Beck and follow the road around to the right. Approximately 50 metres up the road there is a gate on the right hand side. Go through the gate and re-cross the beck and water channel.
If you look to the right as you walk up the road you will see an old mill. This mill, locally known as the Rag Mill, was opened as Brow End Mill in 1791. Initially the mill was a water powered Paper Mill. It later converted into a rag mill, producing rags used whilst pulping paper.
The "Rag Mill” was converted
into housing in the late 1990’s.
Follow the beck upstream to the Mill Pond.
As you follow the path through the woods you will see lots of manmade water channels. No longer in use, these were built in the 1790’s as a means of regulating the flow of water to the water wheels of Brow End and Turkey Mills.
Follow the paved path to the right. Go past the back of the farmhouse and continue straight ahead. You should see signs on the track for Slippery Ford. Continue straight ahead at the gates until you reach the road again.
The farm dates back to the late 1600’s and is one of numerous dwellings along the valley of a similar age. Prior to the Industrial Revolution sheep farming was the areas main source of income.
Turn left at the road and follow it for roughly 80 metres. Then turn left onto the track. Follow the track past the farm to your right. The path goes through three fields, straight up the valley before reaching the beck again. After crossing the beck go through the gate and follow the other beck to the wall. Follow the wall uphill to the farm yard. Turn left into the yard and go between the farm buildings to get to the road.
Another farm dating to the 17th century. In the early 1900’s this farm ran a popular tea room that attracted a lot of tourists. You may also see one of the historic stone wells that are typical of the area.
Turn left when you reach the road and cross Morkin Bridge at the bottom of the hill.
A slight detour from the walk will take you to a Neolithic Cup and Ring Stone. To get to it from Morkin Bridge, walk up the road for 250 yards, turning sharp left up the dirt-track. Follow the track for 200 metres and look for the large boulder in one of the fields on the left.
Once you’ve crossed the bridge go through the gate to your right. You’ll cross the beck again before following the track to Keighley Moor Reservoir.
Keighley Moor Reservoir is one of the area’s oldest reservoirs. Completed in 1832 the "Big Dam” was built to ensure a steady flow of water to the mills that are reliant on the North Beck for power.
At the reservoir turn left and follow the path around the top of the reservoir. At the far end of the reservoir take a left turn at the concrete post and follow the moorland path down the hill until you reach the wall. At the wall continue straight ahead to get to the gate. Go through the gate and go right, through the grouse butts, to reach a narrow path. Follow the path to the stile, after which you join a track to the right.
Grouse Butts have been used for hundreds of years to offer cover and shelter to those participating in a shoot.
Follow the track, called Broadhead Lane, to the road. Turn right and follow the road until you reach the Cemetery gates. Cross the stile that is opposite the main entrance to the cemetery. Follow the track downhill to your left. Then cross the stile and bridge at the bottom of the hill and follow the path uphill, keeping the wall to your right. As you reach the garden walls you will see a stile on your right. Go through the stile and turn left. At the junction, turn left again. As the road bears to the left you will see some stone steps next to the post box. Climb over and follow the path to the unsurfaced road. Turn left here.
Oakworth Cemetery is home to 3 Commonwealth war Graves.
Private T Holmes of the West Yorkshire Regiment, died, aged 18, in July 1918.
Private A Riddiough of the Machine Gun Corps, died in February of 1919.
Flying officer, Rennie Taylor, died, aged 23, in March 1943.
After approximately 180m the track bends to the left, leave the track here by turning right through the second gap in the wall on the right. Follow this path, over the stile and bridge. As you continue straight on you will see Clapper bridge to your right.
Clapper bridge is an un-mortared bridge over the beck. It is a listed monument due to its unusual (and rather precarious looking) design.
Continue straight on as it bears to the right through a gate. The track broadens out and becomes more defined as it nears some houses.
Newsholme is recorded in the Domesday Book as being one ‘new home’ with one caracute of taxable land. The majority of existing buildings in Newsholme date to the mid to late 17th century.
Bear right along the track, following the top edge of the fields before bearing left uphill at the converted farm building.
When you get to the next converted barn, turn right off the track to go around the back of the building. Follow the track back through the woods to Goose Eye.
After a walk of approximately 4 hours duration you’ll probably want to put your feet up. Remember to call in for a drink or food to get your breath back before driving home.