Mytholmroyd is best known as the birthplace of the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes. Arrive in Mytholmroyd by train to see Hughes' famous children's story 'The Iron Man' portrayed in artwork on both of the railway station's platforms.
The village is located at the confluence of the Elphin Brook and River Calder and the Rochdale Canal also passes through, giving the opportunity for pleasant walks and views to enjoy alongside your visit to the independent shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs.
The steep and winding Cragg Road wends its way up to beautiful heather-clad moorland from Mytholmroyd and is the longest continuous incline in England. It provides a popular challenge for cyclists and was a stunning backdrop for both the 2014 Tour de France and the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire. Wooded cloughs and babbling brooks cascade down the hillsides, beckoning the walker to explore the countryside.
The apparent tranquility of Mytholmroyd belies a more murky past involving an 18th century counterfeiting gang, the Cragg Vale Coiners.This gang's activities were said to be so damaging that they threatened to wreck Britain's currency.
Up the other side of the valley is the village of Luddenden. When Branwell Bronte lodged at the Lord Nelson he would no doubt have enjoyed the glorious oak woodlands and meadows that now make up Jerusalem Farm Local Nature Reserve, made famous by tv's 'In Loving Memory'. For more information about all the great things happening in the town, visit http://www.discovermytholmroyd.info/