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  1. Bike Libraries & Banks in Calderdale

    Across Calderdale

    Bike Libraries & Banks in Calderdale

    Following the success of Tour de France, Welcome to Yorkshire, supported by Yorkshire Bank; have helped local communities set up bike banks to a...

    Following the success of Tour de France, Welcome to Yorkshire, supported by Yorkshire Bank; have helped local communities set up bike banks to allow free bike hire.

    Used bikes are donated for free and then reconditioned and hired out, allowing children and adults to learn to ride, get fit or just enjoy their natural environment on a bike.

    Calderdale has two bike banks located at:

    The Active Calderdale Library at Halifax is open 10am -1pm on the first Saturday of each month and run by West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service in collaboration with Calderdale Council.To book a bike and for enquiries (including donating a bike) please email bikelibrary@calderdale.gov.uk

    Bikes are also available for hire from:

    The Bicycle Den – along the Rochdale canal towpath in Hebden Bridge

    We Cycle offers electric bike hire to help tackle Calderdale’s hills. These fantastic sturdy bikes help to tackle the steeper inclines of the area and four sites have now been confirmed as hubs for the electric bike scheme. Pairs of bikes are available at:

    • The New Delight Inn, Blackshaw Head
    • The Hare & Hounds Inn, Lane Ends
    • The Cross Inn, Heptonstall
  2. Great Rock Mountain Bike Skills & Trips

    Hebden Bridge

    Great Rock Mountain Bike Skills & Trips

    Improve your mountain biking skills and enjoy guided riding at great European locations with Great Rock Mountain Biking!
    Improve your mountain biking skills and enjoy guided riding at great European locations with Great Rock Mountain Biking!
  3. The Hebden Bridge Loop on the Pennine Way

    Hebden Bridge

    The Hebden Bridge Loop

    To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action created a waymarked rout...

    To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action created a waymarked route to Hebden Bridge and back to the Pennine Way via the ancient village of Heptonstall. A superb route to enjoy walking in Calderdale.

    Please scroll down the page for several sets of directions involving the loop.

    For more information abou walking in Calderdale please visit our Walking Page.

  4. Hali-Facts Trail front page

    Halifax

    Hali-Facts Heritage Discovery Trail

    This Heritage Discovery Trail has been designed for children and families, but will be enjoyed by people of all ages. It will take you on a walking...
    This Heritage Discovery Trail has been designed for children and families, but will be enjoyed by people of all ages. It will take you on a walking tour around Halifax town centre, asking you to use your detective skills of observation, thinking, note-taking and sketching as you go. You can complete the Discovery Trail in a way that suits you. It can be done in ‘bite-size’ chunks over several visits or if you are feeling brave and have a lot of energy, you can try it all in one go! Many of the tasks can be completed by looking at the outsides of the buildings but sometimes, you will be invited to pop indoors to have a search around. Please check the opening times for each building that allows this – details are on their websites which are listed throughout the booklet. As far as is reasonably practicable, each building on this Discovery Trail provides a standard of access for disabled people equal to that enjoyed by the rest of the public.
  5. Stoodley Pike Monument

    Todmorden

    Stoodley Pike Monument

    The 121 foot (37 m) high Stoodley Pike Monument dominates the skyline above Todmorden, sitting atop Stoodley Pi...

    The 121 foot (37 m) high Stoodley Pike Monument dominates the skyline above Todmorden, sitting atop Stoodley Pike, a 1,300-foot (400 m) hill The monument was designed in 1854 by local architect James Green, and completed in 1856 at the end of the Crimean War.

    The monument replaced an earlier structure, commemorating the defeat of Napoleon and the surrender of Paris. It was completed in 1815, after the Battle of Waterloo, but collapsed in 1854 after decades of weathering and a lightning strike.

    You can only reach the Pike on foot, as there is no vehicular or bicycle access to the monument. Stoodley Pike is accessible by well-defined Right of Way footpaths. The Pennine Way also passes Stoodley Pike. There are many walking routes to the Pike from Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. Walking guides to all these routes available from local Visitor Centres and the Heart of the Pennines online shop.

    Stoodley Pike Monument contains a spiral staircase of 39 steps, accessed from its north side. If you visit, please be aware that several of the internal steps are in darkness, so it’s useful to have a torch to light your way, as there are no windows. The entrance to the balcony is on the Monument’s west face, some 40 feet above ground level. The views are well worth the walk and the climb!

    For more information  about walking in Calderdale, please visit our Walking page.

  6. Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre

    Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre is situated on the scenic moors of Wadsworth above Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. The 50-mile Calderdale Way walk...
    Hebden Bridge Equestrian Centre is situated on the scenic moors of Wadsworth above Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. The 50-mile Calderdale Way walking route passes right by our centre. Our Riding School offers horse riding hacks in which you can take in fantastic views - in just 15 minutes you can feel like you are on the top of the world! Visit us for the best in Yorkshire riding.
  7. Halifax Ski & Snowboard Centre

    Halifax

    Halifax Ski & Snowboard Centre

    For over 25 years, Halifax Ski & Snowboard Centre has nestled in the hills above Halifax, West Yorkshire. Anyone can learn to Ski or Snowboard a...
    For over 25 years, Halifax Ski & Snowboard Centre has nestled in the hills above Halifax, West Yorkshire. Anyone can learn to Ski or Snowboard and as one of the UK’s premier ski and snowboarding Centres, we pride ourselves in helping you to learn to the highest possible standard. There are two options. The first is to start with a group taster session to see if you like it or not? If you get the bug, we then have a 6 hour course that runs for three weeks to get you up and running and will get you snowploughing down the slopes. The second option is private lessons. These are tailored to your individual needs; you have your own instructor and the timing of the lessons is more flexible. All lessons include your skis and boots, so all you have to bring with you are gloves and appropriate clothing for the weather.
  8. The Calderdale Way

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    The Calderdale Way

    A superb way to go walking in Calderdale - The Calderdale Way is a 50 mile (80 km) walk exploring the...

    A superb way to go walking in Calderdale - The Calderdale Way is a 50 mile (80 km) walk exploring the hills, moors and valleys of Calderdale that recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

    It is an ‘up and down’ journey with few level sections. However, the higher levels provide some exceptionally fine panoramic views. The main and link routes to the valley bottom are designed so that they can be completed in short stages.

    The Calderdale Way encircles Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, following old packhorse ways across the open gritstone hillsides with sections of traditional stone causeway, passing through hillside villages and old mill towns on the banks of the River Calder.

    There are numerous link paths which connect the Calderdale Way to the valley floor. There are medieval settlements at Lumbutts and Mankinholes, and Withens Gate, where the Pennine Way crosses. A short diversion along the Pennine Way takes in the popular walk to the 100ft monument, Stoodley Pike.

    The full length of the route is 51.39 miles, with a total climb of approx 2,600 metres (over 9,000 feet) at a climb rate of 43 metres per mile. This makes a flat equivalent distance of 57.49 miles.

    For more information about walking in Calderdale please visit our Walking page.

    Hot weather leads to an increased risk of moorland fires in Calderdale. Please take care when out and about in moorlands around Calderdale and West Yorkshire. You can find more advice here. The burning of moorland is not a victimless crime. If you see anything suspicious report it to crimestoppers 0800 555111. #moorlandfires @WestYorksPolice @West_Yorks_FRS

  9. Willow Valley Golf

    Brighouse

    Willow Valley Golf

    Willow Valley Golf - Yorkshire's largest golfing venue. Boasting three course and 48 holes.
    Willow Valley Golf - Yorkshire's largest golfing venue. Boasting three course and 48 holes.
  10. Wellholme Park, Brighouse

    Brighouse

    Wellholme Park

    Famous for its spectacular floral bedding displays, Wellholme Park has something for just about everyone and has been awarded both the coveted 'Gre...
    Famous for its spectacular floral bedding displays, Wellholme Park has something for just about everyone and has been awarded both the coveted 'Green Flag' status and the prestigious 'Queen Elizabeth II Fields' status. Situated close to Brighouse town centre, the park is easy to reach and has free car parking for visitors. Why not take a stroll around the park, sit and relax in the surroundings, enjoy a picnic, or explore the natural woodlands and follow the path of Clifton Beck that runs through the heart of Wellholme? The newly opened cafe offers a place to relax and chat with family and friends over a drink and snack. If you prefer something more energetic, then perhaps enjoy a game of tennis on one of the four courts, or a game of bowls on one of the two crown greens or the flat bowling green. An exciting playground with scramble net, climbing frame, swings and a roundabout gives hours of enjoyment to our younger visitors. A demanding skateboard park is a test for those who like a spot of boarding and for those who prefer something less strenuous then there is a putting green and crazy golf.
  11. Wainhouse Tower, Halifax photo by Alastair Wallace

    Halifax

    Wainhouse Tower

    The 253 ft Wainhouse Tower was originally commissioned as a chimney for the local dye works by John Edward Wainhouse in the late 19th century. The ...
    The 253 ft Wainhouse Tower was originally commissioned as a chimney for the local dye works by John Edward Wainhouse in the late 19th century. The structure was never actually used as a working chimney and as such, is regarded by many as one of Britain's finest follies. The Tower is open to the public on the Bank Holidays below. For those brave enough to tackle the 403 steps to the viewing gallery at the top, the stunning views make it well worth the climb. Wainhouse Tower is open from 10am, with the last ascent at 3.30pm and closing at 4pm, on the following dates in 2020: Easter Monday April 13th May Day Friday May 8th Spring Bank Monday May 25th August Bank Monday August 31st Adult £3.50 Children £2.50 Family ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £10 Adult Passport to Leisure Holders (PPL) £3 Child Passport to Leisure (PPL) £2 Born in 1817 John Edward Wainhouse inherited his Uncle’s Dyeworks on Washer Lane, Halifax in 1856. The Dyeworks were typical of the day, causing considerable pollution because of smoke emissions. Halifax was badly affected by smog. For weeks on end the smoke laden atmosphere blanketed the town, reducing sunlight and contaminating the landscape with soot and sulphur trioxide. This national problem caused the Government to introduce a Smoke Abatement Act. Wainhouse developed the idea of building a chimney 350 metres up the hillside from the Dyeworks, connected to it by an underground tunnel. Sir Henry Edwards, A wealthy neighbour of John Edward Wainhouse, made complaints about the smoke nuisance caused by the Dyeworks, leading to a feud between the two men. Mr Isaac Booth (who was also Sir Henry’s architect) was asked by Wainhouse to design and build the mill chimney. The design incorporated an internal staircase that led to four balcony features. This exacerbated the deepening feud between Wainhouse and Sir Henry. Sir Henry, an extrovert and boastful man, claimed that his private estate at Pye Nest could not be viewed from any house o the hills. Wainhouse said he would rectify this by putting an observatory at the top of his chimney. Work commenced in 1871. In 1873, as a result of the feuding; the architect Isaac Booth decided he could no longer work for either man. This led to the appointment of Richard Swarbrick Dugdale, who redesigned the upper section of the building. The new design incorporated a corbelled and balustrade balcony, surmounted by a lantern dome and finial. The building was completed on the 9th September 1875. It is estimated that over 9,000 tonnes of materials were used. The total cost is thought to be in the region of £15,000. However, by the time the building was completed, it was clear that it would never be used as a chimney. The Washer Lane Dyeworks had been sold in 1874 to the works manager Mr Henry Mossman. The sale did not include the Tower. It is thought that Mossman saw the then uncompleted building to be a liability. This point of view is difficult to understand given the fact that Mossman was then prosecuted under the Smoke Abatement Act. Mossman proved that considerable efforts were made to abate the smoke nuisance by pulling down six existing small chimneys …and erecting a large chimney in their place! John Edward Wainhouse died on 26th July 1883 at the age of 66. He as buried in the family grave at Holy Trinity Churchyard, Halifax. The gravestone is located against the boundary wall on the south side of the Church. The Tower and three acres of surrounding land was sold by auction in 1887. The Tower changed hands several times until coming under the ownership of the Halifax Corporation in 1919. During the Second World War the Tower was used by the military authorities as an observation post. As a result of the reorganisation of Local Government in 1974, Wainhouse Tower became the property of Calderdale Council. Today the Tower is used as a viewing platform; open to the public on Bank Holidays and other select days through the year
  12. Cycle Calderdale

    Across Calderdale

    Cycle Calderdale

    The Calderdale Cycle Hub has been set up by cycling groups and organisations who wish to promote all things cycling in the Calderdale area. On t...
    The Calderdale Cycle Hub has been set up by cycling groups and organisations who wish to promote all things cycling in the Calderdale area. On the website you will find the latest information on cycling events in the area and downloadable trails and maps.
  13. Calderdale Heritage Walk: The North Side of Elland

    Elland

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Central Elland

    6th Sep 2020

    In 1086 the town featured in Domesday Book. It has a fine old parish church. We’ll see how the town evolved and developed down the centuries. Me...
    In 1086 the town featured in Domesday Book. It has a fine old parish church. We’ll see how the town evolved and developed down the centuries. Meet Ian Philp at 2.15pm by the noticeboard in the front of St Mary’s church. HX5 0RJ This route is suitable for powered wheelchair users, though a short diversion may be needed at times.
  14. Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre

    Sowerby Bridge

    Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre

    Please note that Sowerby BridgeSwimming Pool will be closing to the public from 20th March until further notice.

    Sowerb...

    Please note that Sowerby BridgeSwimming Pool will be closing to the public from 20th March until further notice.

    Sowerby we offer a wide range of state of the art Technogym equipment, designed with the Wellness system to motivate, encourage and simplify your training.

    Our swimming pool is great for both recreational and fitness purposes. Having both shallow and a deep end it makes it accessible for young, old, able bodied and disabled customers alike to use our pools.

    Our exercise studios have semi-sprung floors and air conditioning and are the perfect place to lose weight, tone up, get healthy and have fun.With so many enjoyable exercise classes on offer, you'll be spoilt for choice.

  15. Calderdale Heritage Walk: Midgley Moor

    Hebden Bridge

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Midgley Moor

    30th Aug 2020

    More than a moor, this extended walk (3hrs approx) takes in aspects of prehistory, folklore, custom, economic function, geography and climate. Rou...
    More than a moor, this extended walk (3hrs approx) takes in aspects of prehistory, folklore, custom, economic function, geography and climate. Rough moorland terrain, around 3 miles: walking shoes and weatherproof clothing & snacks recommended for comfort. Meet John Billingsley at 2.15pm at the crossroads by Hare & Hounds in Old Town. HX7 8TN
  16. The Pennine Way

    Todmorden

    The Pennine Way

    Steeped in history, the Pennine Way National Trail chases along the mountain tops along the rugged backbone of ...

    Steeped in history, the Pennine Way National Trail chases along the mountain tops along the rugged backbone of England and offers 268 miles of the finest upland walking in England. A once in a lifetime experience.

    The Pennine Way enters Calderdale at Blackstone Edge, passing Stoodley Pike, dropping down into the valley at Callis, climbing back up to Colden and over the moors to Widdop. Walkers often say this stretch of over 20 miles is one of the best on the whole route. The Trail is very well way-marked and there are some great views from the route (especially from the iconic Stoodley Pike).

    If you want to detour into Hebden Bridge on your way, you can use the Hebden Bridge Loop developed in 2015.

    For more information about walking in Calderdale, please visit our Walking page.

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