Located in West Yorkshire, Calderdale is the southernmost of the Yorkshire Dales and covers part of the South Pennines area of beautiful river valleys, moorland and hill country.
Calderdale is not as well known as its Northern neighbours as it does not fall within the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Yet Calderdale has a tremendous amount to offer visitors, time after time.
Getting to Calderdale By Train and Bus
The ‘Caldervale line’ runs through Calderdale, with stations at Brighouse, Halifax, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Walsden. Trains run hourly from Blackpool North to York via Hebden Bridge and Halifax, and from Leeds via Bradford to Manchester Victoria via all stations every 30 minutes. It is also possible to travel to Leeds via Dewsbury from Mytholmroyd and Sowerby Bridge. A direct service operated by Grand Central runs from London to Halifax and Brighouse three times a day.
The main towns in the Valley – Brighouse, Halifax, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Walsden are all accessible via the ‘Caldervale’ railway line. Northern Rail operate a regular weekday and weekend service and with great day rover fares you can use trains and buses to travel across the borough, letting you leave the car at home. Grand Central also operate three trains a day that will take you to Halifax or Brighouse Railway stations from London King Cross in only three hours. For timetable information, National Rail provide an online live departures information board.
Regular bus services operate to all the main towns, although frequency in the smaller villages and rural areas is more limited. Up to date timetables are available from West Yorkshire METRO.
Getting to Calderdale By Road
The M62 motorway runs along the southern edge of the area, with access from junctions 21-26 and there are good connections with the M1, M6 and A1. The main routes through the borough include the A58 from Leeds to Littleborough via Halifax, the A646 from Halifax to Todmorden, A629 from Huddersfield to Elland, Halifax to Keighley, and the A672 across the Pennine Moors
Distances from Halifax
Manchester: 35 miles – 1 hour
Birmingham: 125 miles – 2 hours
Leeds: 16 miles – 45 minutes
Newcastle: 120 miles – 2 hours
London: 205 miles – 3.5 hours
If you’re travelling by car, you’ll need to know where car parks are. Most towns contain a mix of both short and long stay parking – follow the ‘P’ signs. Please note that at weekends and during peak events, roads along the Valleys can become quite congested. Details of the car parks and their charges in each of the main towns in Calderdale are accessible via the following links:
Many towns in Calderdale also include on the road parking, varying from 1 hour to 4 hours which is monitored by pay and display meters. In smaller towns and villages, parking can be limited, please ensure that you park sensibly and do not obstruct other road users.
If you are using an Electric or Hybrid vehicle, you can use this online Electric Vehicle charging point finder tool to find the nearest electric vehicle charging stations, in Calderdale and beyond.
Getting to Calderdale By Air
Leeds Bradford International Airport and Manchester International Airport are both within an hour’s drive, offering flights to destinations across the globe. All timetable information and destination information is available online.
Getting to Calderdale By Ferry
Hull ferryport is within a one hour drive of Calderdale, via the M62 motorway. P&O ferries operate services in and out of Hull to destinations in Europe, and full details are available on their website.