The Drives

In addition to four lodges, several drives were laid out through the woodland, including Thornhill Drive, Clara Drive and Eleanor Drive (Clara and Eleanor were Thomas Thornhill’s oldest and second daughters). The exclusivity of a proposed residential scheme resulted in the closure of the old pack horse route, which ran across the woodland. This stone wall-lined sunken trail, which runs down through the woods, can still be seen in places. The old trail was replaced by Calverley Cutting, a direct, though steep road, which leads from Apperley Bridge to Carr Road, and which was blasted into the sandstone through the woods in 1854.

The northern end of Eleanor Drive as it approaches Calverley Cutting

Aptly named Calverley Cutting showing the exposed sandstone rocks on either side

Thornhill Drive cutting through Calverley Woods

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