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From:  Littleborough (SD939163)
To:  Cross Roads (SE045376)
Via:  Todmorden, Hebden Bridge
Distance:  18.4 miles (29.6 km)
Meets:  A58, A681, A646, B6141, B6144, B6142, A629
Former Number(s):  A6067, A681
Highway Authorities

Bradford • Calderdale • Rochdale

Traditional Counties

Lancashire • Yorkshire

Route outline (key)
A6033 Littleborough - Todmorden
(A646) Todmorden – Hebden Bridge
A6033 Hebden Bridge – Cross Roads


The A6033 is the combination of two inter-valley roads, the first section of which having been given primary status following the downgrade of the A58.

Littleborough – Hebden Bridge

The A6033 kicks off in Littleborough, at a signalised junction with the A58. The initial section of the road is very straight, albeit narrow, not helped by parked vehicles either side. Small route-confirmation signs advise this is actually the all-weather diversion for M62 traffic, so it is easy to imagine how chaotic this road is after a snowfall!

Eventually, the straight road turns into a very twisty affair as the road climbs up to the village of Summit and then crosses over a railway at the southern portal of the famous Summit Tunnel, known not only for its engineering quality but also the Summit Tunnel fire in December 1984 when a derailed fuel tanker burned away for hours inside the tunnel firing huge fireballs into the sky via the tunnel's blast vents (designed for steam engines - but unwittingly these saved the tunnel from destruction and likely closure).

Bird i'th'Hand pub, now a private residence

The road itself gains a 40 limit beyond Summit and, until the Summer of 2020, became 50 mph as it enters Calderdale and continues through some sweeping curves past the former accident troublespot at the old Bird i'th'Hand pub, now a private residence. Now the 40 limit applies from Summit to the start of the housing in the Lane Bottom area of Walsden, where the 30 limit is now encountered much further out than before. After a reverse curve and a short straight stretch, the road drops into the village, past the large garden centre on the right and starts the urban slog into Todmorden, picking up the A681 by the Gauxholme Railway Viaduct. After a short while, the A646 beckons, and A6033 traffic should head right towards Hebden Bridge.

This multiplex is quite lengthy, and to access the second part of the A6033 requires traversing an unclassified road in Hebden Bridge town centre, as the A6033/A646 junction in Hebden Bridge faces east at an acute angle. These unusual features can be explained by the fact that Hebden Bridge was the original southern terminus of the road; the extension to Littleborough came in 1935.

Hebden Bridge – Cross Roads

The road through Hebden Bridge is non-primary and signs can be changed over in winter to close the road. What follows is a very twisty climb out of the town, with parked cars and narrow carriageway widths being a nightmare in winter.

The 'ridge' section

After the turn for Hardcastle Crags, a short 50 mph section up the side of the valley begins. To the left, about half a mile away, is Heptonstall but vehicular access requires a 3-mile detour! It has been flippantly suggested that this would be an ideal location for a British equivalent of the Millau Viaduct, bypassing Hebden entirely and allowing for a Calder Valley Fast Route. Of course, the bohemian atmosphere in the valley below might scupper any plans...

Back to the real world: after a sharp right-hander, traffic finds itself on top of the hills, through Peckett Well. On the left, the road widens out to provide sufficient room for buses and other large vehicles to make the right turn onto Akroyd Lane, which joins us from Old Town at an acute angle. The limit is, sensibly, now 30 mph as more bends take the road even higher. Once out of the village, in truly wild moorland, the road blasts off as a glorious moorland national speed limit route. Some deceptive bends do exist so don't try to floor it throughout, and be most aware of southbound traffic overtaking as their visibility down the hill is fantastic.

Out of Calderdale, the road enters the City of Bradford MDC and the speed limit is gradually reduced from 60 mph to 20 mph, culminating in a sharp left-handed bend before entering Oxenhope (full of bikers and Brontë enthusiasts!), and then setting off towards Keighley on what is much more of a dull urban drag once again. At Lees there is a TOTSO with Lees Lane which has climbed steeply out of Haworth to meet us from the left, and shortly after the road ends at a mini-roundabout junction with the A629.


As may be expected the original southern end of the A6033 was on the A646 in Hebden Bridge. The western section gained the number in 1935, presumably to give continuity to a Pennine crossing despite the lengthy multiplex. Originally the road south out of Todmorden was the A681, then when that road turned off westwards (at the same point is still does) the A6067 continued south to Littleborough.

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