Leisure & Outdoors
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.
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 email@example.com
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
HalifaxNorth Dean Wood is an example of the type of woodland that used to cover much of the countryside in the North of England. The woods lie on the outs...North Dean Wood is an example of the type of woodland that used to cover much of the countryside in the North of England. The woods lie on the outskirts of Greetland and offer an extensive network of footpaths, including part of the Calderdale Way. You will also discover a wide variety of plant and birdlife. The entrance to the wood is near to Clay House and Clay House Park. Oaks are the most common trees in the wood, but in some areas Birch trees are dominant. You will also find Beech, Sycamore, Rowan, holly, Alder and ash trees. Over 60 different species of birds have been recorded in North Dean Wood. Some are resident all year, some are summer visitors arriving in spring and leaving in autumn and a few are winter visitors. A wide range of plant life can be found, from mosses, liverworts and lichens to the mighty trees and some fungi, which offer a varied and colourful display, especially in the autumn. The many flowering plants include Heather, Bilberry, Wood Sorrel and Bluebells. Wildlife in North Dean can be difficult to observe, with many of the residents being nocturnal and the remainder keeping well hidden even when active during the day. Most often seen are rabbits and squirrels. Foxes and Stoats may also be seen although both are largely nocturnal . Smaller mammals such as Shrews, Voles, Mice and hedgehogs are present, but seldom seen. Frogs, Toad and Newts can be found in the wettest areas of the Wood. The visible rocks in North Dean Wood are from the Upper Carboniferous Period (formed about 250 million years ago). The rocks belong to the Millstone Grit Series. The valley floor is covered with a thick layer of gravel and sand, deposited in the Late Glacial Period when, as the ice melted, vast quantities of water flowed into what is now Calderdale through the gaps at Waldsden and Cliviger. On top of this gravel is silt deposited by the River Calder, on which the plant cover grows. There are regular bus services from Huddersfield and Halifax bus stations to Greetland.
HalifaxSpring Hall Athletics Track has hosted numerous events including Calderdale Schools Athletics Championships, Young Athletes League meeting and Scho...Spring Hall Athletics Track has hosted numerous events including Calderdale Schools Athletics Championships, Young Athletes League meeting and School Sports Partnership Festivals. The track is open to the public and is available for casual use (track only) and for formal bookings from clubs, schools and other organisations. Opening hours are subject to bookings. It is advisable that users check Regular track bookings or contact the facility to check availability. Bank Holidays: please contact facility during this period for reduced opening hours.
BrighouseWillow 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.
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!
Calder Holmes Park is a green open space, close to Hebden Bridge town centre. The park has an outdoor gym, a skateboard park childrens’ pl...
Calder Holmes Park is a green open space, close to Hebden Bridge town centre. The park has an outdoor gym, a skateboard park childrens’ playground and is home to Park Life Cafe.
There are some short flat tarmac paths to walk on and you can combine this with walking on the adjacent canal towpath and watch the narrowboats slip by.
The park hosts a variety of events throughout the year such as the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade.
Across CalderdaleThe 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.
HalifaxHalifax Sailing Club is based at Warley Moor Reservoir (also known as Fly Flats) in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. We welcome dinghy sailors, windsurf...Halifax Sailing Club is based at Warley Moor Reservoir (also known as Fly Flats) in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. We welcome dinghy sailors, windsurfers and have arrangements for other organisations to use our facilities.
The stunning landscapes of Calderdale offer walks that are suitable for all ages and abilities. There’s n...
The stunning landscapes of Calderdale offer walks that are suitable for all ages and abilities. There’s no better way to immerse yourself and discover more about this beautiful area than on foot.
Read our Walking in Calderdale blog post for information aboiut guided walks, E Trails, walking guides, easy & family walking and ideas for great walking routes to follow, such as The Calderdale Way, the Pennine Way & Hebden Bridge Loop, Todmorden Centenary Way and great walks at Hardcastle Crags, Ogden Water and more!
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.
Adrenalin pumping, heart stopping, fear inducing! The unique Rokt Climbing Gym offers indoor climbing at its best and the highest outdoor climbi...
Adrenalin pumping, heart stopping, fear inducing! The unique Rokt Climbing Gym offers indoor climbing at its best and the highest outdoor climbing wall in the UK: the ROKTFACE!
Whether you're an experienced climber, you're a little rusty, or you've never climbed before - old or young are welcome to use our facilities.
Bring the little ones… The Kids Attics is a great space for your kids to play and climb in safety. There are small climbing wall, mini boulders, a ball pool and seating. So why not bring the little ones with you next time the old ones are on a session or off climbing. We have tea, coffee & snacks available from reception.
Climbers now have an Olympic-class bouldering and training arena to thrive in after a new £100,000 facility opened its doors. Stretching across the top two floors, the Northlight at ROKT has been created in Rokt's colossal loft. It features “next-level bouldering”, with 1/4 km2 of curved and acutely angled bouldering walls, slabs, barrels and overhangs using the latest holds and coatings.
Whether you’ve never climbed anything more than a fence or you compete in national competitions, there's something for you at ROKT!
We're located only a hundred metres from the route of The Calderdale Way, a 50 mile walking route that circles the whole borough. Drop in and see us if you're passing by.
Click here to watch a short video about Rokt Climbing Gym from The Yorkshire Post.
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.
Hebden BridgeEnjoy an easy, relaxing cruise through Yorkshire's finest countryside, with the opportunity to see wildlife such as Kingfishers in their natural ha...Enjoy an easy, relaxing cruise through Yorkshire's finest countryside, with the opportunity to see wildlife such as Kingfishers in their natural habitat, to indulge in local fayre and explore the towns and villages along the Rochdale Canal.
Hebden BridgeImprove 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!