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Oxenhope Straw Race - the route



The Oxenhope Straw Race is an annual event taking place in July. It started in the mid 1970's as a bet between two men to see who could finish first. Since it started it has raised a considerable amount of money for charity, today in excess of £250,000.

Two people, or a team carry a bale of straw and drink a pint of beer in each of the 5 pubs "en route". Information and pictures of the Oxenhope Straw Race here...

A summary of the course: Start at Waggon and Horses pub, elevation is: 1171ft, downhill most of the way. Stop at Bay Horse, drink a pint and pick up straw bale, elevation is: 783ft. Distance traveled 1.12 mile. Down Best Lane to Lower Town, drink at Oxenhope Social club. On to Lamb Inn, flat to start with, climb starts at Jew Lane, at Lamb Inn, drink a pint: Elevation is: 882ft. Distance traveled 1.64 mile. On to Shoulder of Mutton pub, downhill for a bit flat and then climbs, drink a pint. Elevation is: 944ft. Distance traveled 1.88mile. On to Finish at the Dog and Gun. Elevation is: 1014ft. Distance traveled 2.47mile.

If you have taken part in the race and have any comments amusing or otherwise about the race, if you could email us the details of team and the location, if suitable we will add them to this page.

More information about the Straw Race visit www.strawrace.co.uk 

The Route in detail:

Wagon and Horses pub2011 Oxenhope Straw RaceStarting from the Waggon and Horses pub: Elevation is: 1171ft. Grid ref: N53°48.085 W001°58.202


 

Hebden Bridge Road.2011 Oxenhope Straw RaceDown Hebden Bridge Road.

Past the cemetery which is on your left.

Road curves round to the right.2011 Oxenhope Straw RaceRoad curves round to the right, ahead you can see left turn.

Take the left turn2011 Oxenhope Straw RaceTake the turn left into Hard Nese lane.

Elevation is: 940ft. Grid ref: N53°48.416 W001°57.499 Distance traveled 0.60 mile.

 

down the lane.Continue down the lane.

Take a right and continue on.Take a right and continue on.

Take the right turn which is by the telegraph post.Take the right turn which is by the telegraph post.

At the telegraph post there is a style, over it and continue on.At the telegraph post there is a style, over it and continue on.

At the end of the path there is a style.At the end of the path there is another style.

Down the style and turn left.Down the style and turn left.

Continue down the laneContinue down the lane, you can see the Church of St Mary the Virgin Oxenhope on your left.

 

At the end of the lane take the left on to the main rd.2011 Oxenhope Straw RaceAt the end of the lane take the left back on to the Hebden Bridge Rd.

Elevation is: 850ft. Grid ref: N53°48.502 W001°57.310 Distance traveled 0.95 mile.

 

Road bends round to the right for some distance.Road bends round to the right for some distance.

Follow road round left2011 Oxenhope Straw RaceFollow road round left, just round the corner is the Bay Horse pub.

Stop at the Bay Horse.2011 Oxenhope Straw RaceStop at the Bay Horse. This is where you pick up a bale of straw.

Elevation is: 783ft. Grid ref: N53°48.581 W001°57.180 Distance traveled 1.12 mile.

Pick up bale of straw and cross over rd 2011 Oxenhope Straw RacePick up bale of straw and cross over rd opposite the Bay Horse; Best Lane, and continue down the road.

Bus terminus is on your left2011 Oxenhope Straw RaceAt the bottom road bends to the left into Lower Town, ahead, on left is the Bus terminus, just before is entrance to Oxenhope Social Club.

2011 Oxenhope Straw RaceAt Oxenhope Social Club, stop and take another drink of beer. This is the lowest section of the route; elevation is 770ft, from now on its all uphill to finish.

Carry on, at the end of the road take a right turn into Station Rd, and continue straight on.
take the right turn into Jew lane2011 Oxenhope Straw RaceContinue along, take the right turn into Jew lane, elevation is 790; Distance traveled 1.36 mile.

Continue along 2011 Oxenhope Straw RaceContinue along Jew Lane.

Follow road round to the leftFollow road round to the left, which is Back Leeming.
2008 Oxenhope Straw RaceContinue along the road, ahead is the Lamb Inn.

The Lamb Inn.2006 Oxenhope Straw RaceThe Lamb Inn. Take a 360 view here...

Elevation is: 882ft. Grid ref: N53°48.413 W001°56.737 Distance traveled 1.64 mile. Take a drink of beer and continue.

Leaving the Lamb Inn, take the road right, Denholme Rd.2006 Oxenhope Straw RaceLeaving the Lamb Inn, take the road right, Denholme Rd.

Continue along, Oxenhope reservoir on your right.2008 Oxenhope Straw RaceContinue along, Leeming reservoir is on your right.

Just on your left is what used to be The Shoulder of Mutton pub.2007 Oxenhope Straw RaceJust on your left is what used to be The Shoulder of Mutton pub. Stop and take a drink of beer.

Elevation is: 944ft. Grid ref: N53°48.332 W001°56.384 Distance traveled 1.88 mile.

Leave the Shoulder of Mutton and continue up the Denholme Rd.Leave the Shoulder of Mutton and continue up Denholme Rd.
2007 Oxenhope Straw RaceRoad starts to get steeper, climb all the way to the finish.

2007 Oxenhope Straw RaceJunction of Black moor rd, keep to main rd.

Elevation is: 982ft. Grid ref: N53°48.287 W001°55.989 Distance traveled 2.08 mile.

2009 Oxenhope Straw RaceAhead you can see the finish at the Dog and Gun.

2009 Oxenhope Straw RaceFinish at the Dog and Gun. Elevation is: 1014ft. Grid ref: N53°48.267 W001°55.654 Distance traveled 2.47 mile.

Information and pictures of the Oxenhope Straw Race event here...

 


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