The Bridle Roads

These old bridle routes hark back to a time when goods were moved around either by people on foot, or by mule. Indeed, Scholebrook  Lane was nicknamed Jack Ass, in recognition of the pannier toting mules that carried coal to sell in the Pudsey area.

Keeper Lane, which runs down towards Pudsey from Tong, was named after the gamekeepers cottage which was situated at the top on the lane.  The track, which runs down to Hobroyd Bridge, is picked up at the Leeds boundary by Abe Lane (or Pyg Lane), named after Abraham Hutchinson, one time owner of Newstead House, which is situated at the top of the lane. The bridge took its name from Hobroyd Field in the valley bottom, Hobroyd supposedly translating as the land cleared of trees where the hobgoblins lurk. Be warned !

The steep descent of Scholbrook Lane which quickly changes to a steep ascent on the far side of the valley

Abe Lane, a tree lined sunken track running down the valley side to Pudsey Beck and Hobroyd Bridge.

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