Distance: 4949 metres, Ascent: 214 metres, route map
The Holywell Green route is a good workout. It never gets perilously steep but spreads its ascent out over several kilometres at an ever-changing gradient. There’s something quite appealing about the way the road snakes its way through Holywell Green itself which brings to mind somewhere more exotic than the outskirts of Huddersfield.
The starting point is the traffic lights on the B6112 and B6114. Head south-west from here on Stainland Road and it’s all fairly flat. Pass beneath the old railway bridge and you can see things beginning to pick up further ahead when the houses finish.
The road swoops uphill through the village of Holywell Green and round to Stainland. Stay on the road as it undulates around the hillside before the final climb up towards Outlane. There’s the crest of a hill here and then a downhill swoop which ends up depositing you at the junction with the A640 New Hey Road.