Leisure & Outdoors
Sowerby BridgeThe Calder and Hebble Navigation runs for 21 miles from Wakefield to Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire. It has 27 locks and a number of flood locks. The...The Calder and Hebble Navigation runs for 21 miles from Wakefield to Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire. It has 27 locks and a number of flood locks. There is a towpath all the way which makes it a great flat walking route. You can do short sections by using local buses to get you to the start and finish of your walk.
Hebden BridgeHello!! We (and the Alpacas) are based in the Southern Pennines in the picturesque Calder Valley outside the small market town of Hebden Bridge. We...Hello!! We (and the Alpacas) are based in the Southern Pennines in the picturesque Calder Valley outside the small market town of Hebden Bridge. We are a 15 minute bus ride from town. We first became interested in Alpacas in 2012 and have then since travelled South Wales to build our small award winning heard. Our boys are suited to the South Pennines given there native roots in South America and they love the long Summer days up in the hills just outside the lovely village of Blackshaw Head which is a mere 5 minutes away by car and bus from Heben Bridge. Come along and go for a walk with one of the guys, both you and they will love walking round our land in the country and you will experience the serenity and peacefulness of these beautiful Alpacas, and oh.. did I forget, the scenery ‘ain’t alf’ bad either!
HalifaxThe greens at Halifax Golf Club are widely regarded as being amongst the best in West Yorkshire. Created in the early 20th century by James Brai...The greens at Halifax Golf Club are widely regarded as being amongst the best in West Yorkshire. Created in the early 20th century by James Braid, five times Open champion and foremost Architect of his day, the layout of the course at Ogden has remained true to its original design, with only minor alterations being made by Dr. Alistair Mckenzie in 1912. Dr. McKenzie went on to design some of the greatest courses in the world, including the Augusta National, home of the US Masters, in partnership with the legendary Bobby Jones. Ogden's design credentials are therefore second to none. Eleven of the holes feature water hazards, often nestling in the bottom of steep gullies. Rough is the other main hazard, which although neatly and fairly graduated, can be pretty severe for the really wayward.
Across CalderdaleThe Pennine Bridleway runs for 205 miles (330km) from Derbyshire to Cumbria. The Bridleway runs roughly parallel with the Pennine Way, but offers ...The Pennine Bridleway runs for 205 miles (330km) from Derbyshire to Cumbria. The Bridleway runs roughly parallel with the Pennine Way, but offers access for Horse Riders, Cyclists and Walkers. The Mary Towneley Loop is a 47 mile section of the Pennine Bridleway with a variety of tracks, looping past Blackshaw Head, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge Todmorden, Walsden where you will encounter open moorland and hidden reservoirs, ancient packhorse tracks sweeping into valleys with gritstone walls, mill chimneys and canals offering a both a glimpse of past histories.
HalifaxSavile Park is large, open park area just outside Halifax town centre, a ten minute bus ride from Halifax town centre with a very regular service. ...Savile Park is large, open park area just outside Halifax town centre, a ten minute bus ride from Halifax town centre with a very regular service. It is also usually easy to find parking. The park is great for fairly flat walking on good paths. There are some fine Victorian mansions around the edge and some great views of one of Britain's finest follies; Wainhouse Tower. The park is used for great family events such as when the circus comes to town and the annual Halifax Agricultural Show.
TodmordenSuperbly situated overlooking the beautiful grounds of Centre Vale Park. Todmorden Sports Centre offers a range of excellent leisure facilities inc...Superbly situated overlooking the beautiful grounds of Centre Vale Park. Todmorden Sports Centre offers a range of excellent leisure facilities including a 25 metre swimming pool, A comprehensive programme of swimming lessons for children and adults are available as well as the Premier Suite with spa pool, steam room, sauna and relaxation area. The Centre also boasts an air-conditioned and well-equipped fitness studio; air-conditioned dance studio offering a range of aerobic and fitness classes and a sports hall with facilities for badminton, five-a-side football, basketball, netball, volleyball and floodlit sports area.
Hebden BridgeHebden 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.
BrighouseBrighouse Pool and Fitness Centre offers a 25m pool with separate teaching pool, fitness suite, fitness studio and a large car park with over 50 sp...Brighouse Pool and Fitness Centre offers a 25m pool with separate teaching pool, fitness suite, fitness studio and a large car park with over 50 spaces.
Hebden BridgeTo coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action has created a waymarked route to Hebden Bridge and back to t...To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action has 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.
BrighouseCromwell Bottom is one of the richest areas in Calderdale in terms of biodiversity, boasting over 130 species of plant, 200 species of birds, large...Cromwell Bottom is one of the richest areas in Calderdale in terms of biodiversity, boasting over 130 species of plant, 200 species of birds, large numbers of mammals, amphibians and lots of invertebrate life. Anyone, adults and chiildren, who is interested in nature needs to visit Cromwell Bottom. The area is mainly woodland with a really good network of paths. There is also a wheelchair and pushchair accessible route. There is a guide to the paths and points of interest available from visitor centres and the Heart of the Pennines on-line shop There is a car park at the reserve and a regular bus service from Halifax bus station
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:
- Happy Days Cycles in 18 Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge
- Active Calderdale Bike Library, Halifax Fire Station, in Skircoat Moor Road
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Hebden BridgeHardcastle Crags encompasses deep rocky ravines, tumbling streams, oak, beech and pine woods and some of the best examples of upland meadows in the...Hardcastle Crags encompasses deep rocky ravines, tumbling streams, oak, beech and pine woods and some of the best examples of upland meadows in the country. Gibson Mill is situated within Hardcastle Crags woodland beside Hebden Water. The National Trust have put in some superb waymarked walking routes suitable for all abilities. Cross the river on stepping stones and spot birds, insects, amphibians and if you're lucky; deer! You'll find Hardcastle Crags offers a completely different experience throughout the year - from the icicles of midwinter to the carpet of bluebells in the spring. The early 19th century Gibson Mill is situated within the site. A tour of the mill tells the history of the valley and the mill over the past 200 years. The mill also has changing exhibitions throughout the year. Gibson Mill is 100% self-sufficient in energy, water and waste treatment. It has a hydro-electric system, solar photovoltaic panels and a log-burning stove fuelled by wood from the estate. You can also rest and recharge at the Weaving Shed Café, serving delicious ethical and locally-produced food and buy the perfect gift or memento in the shop located there. Built in around 1800,Gibson Mill was one of the first mills of the Industrial Revolution. The mill was driven by a water wheel and produced cotton cloth up until 1890. In the early 1900s, Gibson Mill began to be used as an ‘entertainment emporium’ for the local people. After the Second World War, the mill slipped into disuse, and was acquired by the National Trust in 1950. Hardcastle Crags is open all year round from dawn until dusk, admission to Hardcastle Crags and Gibson Mill are FREE. Dogs are welcome (including in the café and mill) if kept under close control. GETTING THERE You have three options to get to Hardcastle Crags: By car - there is parking at Midgehole (for Sat Nav use HX7 7AA) and Clough Hole (for Sat Nav use HX7 7AZ). A parking fee applies at both car parks, although parking is free for National Trust members By bus – the 906 runs from Hebden Bridge on weekends between May and October. It will take you to both the bottom and the top of the valley. Walking – there is a route from Hebden Bridge on good paths with a bit of road walking. It will take you about 45 minutes. Pick up a guide from Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre. See below for details of the wildlife you can discover at Hardcastle Crags.
Ogden Water offers excellent opportunities to escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Ogden Water is a very popular desti...
Ogden Water offers excellent opportunities to escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Ogden Water is a very popular destination for picnics, walking, family outings and nature activities and is officially Yorkshire's Favourite Reservoir , having won a public vote held by Yorkshire Water in 2018.
Why not enjoy a picnic at our picnic tables whilst taking in the stunning views.
There are hourly buses to Ogden Water from Halifax bus station.
There is a lovely level footpath around Ogden Water and three longer walks from the site. Friends of Calderdale Countryside have produced a detailed guide which is available at the Ogden shop, local visitor centres and the Heart of the Pennines on-line shop.
HalifaxPeople's Park is one of the finest surviving examples of a "Joseph Paxton" Park. Created in 1857, the Park was donated to the people of Halifax by ...People's Park is one of the finest surviving examples of a "Joseph Paxton" Park. Created in 1857, the Park was donated to the people of Halifax by Sir Francis Crossley. It is to be maintained by Calderdale Council, then the 'Halifax Corporation', for all time. Situated at the Western edge of Halifax, the 12.5 acre site is in the heart of a conservation area. It provides a green and pleasant haven. A restoration programme that began in 1995 has revitalised the park with new facilities such as the children's play area, public toilets and the visitor's centre. The bandstand, water features (including the central fountain, serpentine pools, gargoyle fountains in the pavilion pools), statues, balustrading, pavilion and cast iron bridges have all been conserved and repaired and disabled access provided to the park via the college entrance and onto the terrace promenade. People's Park has been awarded the coveted Green Flag status.
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 22 metres at a climb rate of 43 metres per mile. This makes a flat equivalent distance of 57.49 miles.
The long period of hot weather has meant there is 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
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...
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!