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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
MytholmroydThe apparent tranquillity of Mytholmroyd belies a murky past involving an 18th century counterfeiting gang, the ‘Cragg Vale Coiners’. This gang's a...The apparent tranquillity of Mytholmroyd belies a 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. David Hartley learnt his trade as an ironworker in Birmingham, before getting into trouble and moving back to Mytholmroyd to escape the authorities. Once returned to his home at Bell House farmhouse (which is now a bed & breakfast accommodation with educational facilities) David used ironworking as a cover to clip or file the edges from gold coins, milling the edges back so the change was all but unnoticeable, and making counterfeit coins from the shavings whilst returning the clipped coins into circulation. David’s activities soon spread to other farms, with families at nearby Hill Top Farm and Keelham Farm soon becoming involved; forming the beginnings of the gang of Cragg Vale Coiners. Local publicans also helped by placing the counterfeit coins into circulation. David Hartley seems to have been an enigmatic leader, becoming known as 'King David' Hartley and the gang’s numbers grew considerably until well over 30 individuals were involved. Rumours of the gang's activities reached the authorities, who sent an excise man named William Deighton to investigate. One of the coiners turned King’s Evidence and betrayed the gang, leading to Hartley's arrest at an Inn in Halifax on 14th October 1769. Hartley's brother Isaac offered £100 to anybody who would kill Deighton. It is alleged that the plotters planned Deighton's murder at an Inn in Mytholmroyd called Barbary's, which is now gone, but was located on the opposite side of the road to the present day Dusty Miller. On November 10th 1769 at Bull Close Lane near Halifax, Deighton was approached by two men, Matthew Normanton and Robert Thomas. Deighton was shot dead, his body also showing signs of having been stamped on. Just days later, the Government offered a reward of £100 for information leading to the arrest of the murderers and a pardon for anybody, bar the killers, who would turn King's Evidence. Over 30 people were subsequently arrested, including 'King David' Hartley, who was sentenced to death on April 6th 1770 and hanged at Tynburn, near York, on April 28th. His body is buried in the graveyard of the village of Heptonstall, above Hebden Bridge. Robert Thomas was acquitted of Deighton's murder, but was later hanged in 1774 for being a highwayman. Matthew Normanton initially fled the authorities, but was later caught and hanged in 1775. Isaac Hartley was never brought to trial due to a lack of evidence and died in 1815, aged 78. Heptonstall Museum has on display some of the original dies used by the Coiners to stamp their gold discs into coins, as well as panels telling more of their story.
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.
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
Sowerby BridgeSowerby we offer a wide range of state of the art Technogym equipment, designed with the Wellness system to motivate, encourage and simplify your t...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.
EllandEnjoy freshly-baked cakes and scones, cheesecakes, breakfasts, soups, salads, hot & cold drinks and more in this friendly coffee shop in the heart ...Enjoy freshly-baked cakes and scones, cheesecakes, breakfasts, soups, salads, hot & cold drinks and more in this friendly coffee shop in the heart of Elland.
EllandA Traditional 24 seat cafe open 6 days a week from 7am. We offer all day breakfast staring from 33 including tea or coffee and toast. Our men...A Traditional 24 seat cafe open 6 days a week from 7am. We offer all day breakfast staring from 33 including tea or coffee and toast. Our menu features homemade pies, corned beef hash, cottage pie, liver and onions and all roasts. Hot and cold sandwiches are available to eat in or take out. Voted as 2015 Calderdale cafe of the Year by readers of the Halifax Courier.
MytholmroydThe Blue Teapot Vegetarian Cafe-Bar and Tea Room is a modern, relaxing cafe in the beautiful Pennine village of Mytholmroyd. We serve a delicio...The Blue Teapot Vegetarian Cafe-Bar and Tea Room is a modern, relaxing cafe in the beautiful Pennine village of Mytholmroyd. We serve a delicious selection of vegetarian meals, artisan coffee, loose-leaf tea, good wine, local ales...and cake of course! Vegan and Gluten-Free options will always be available, and we can cater for other dietary requirements upon request. We are committed to ethical values, and use Fairtrade and locally-sourced produce in many of our dishes. Food is always freshly prepared, and served with a smile! There is free Wi-Fi, a comfy sofa, and a lovely bookshelf with a selection of novels, board games, children's books, newspapers and magazines. We are dog-friendly, though we request that our four-legged customers use the small second room. We are also baby-friendly; we welcome breastfeeding and will happily heat up baby food on request.
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!
Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born at 1 Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd, on the 17th August 1930. He lived there unti...
Ted Hughes (1930-1998) was born at 1 Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd, on the 17th August 1930. He lived there until he was seven, when his family moved to Mexborough. During his childhood he spent many hours exploring the countryside around Mytholmroyd, and these experiences and the influences of the landscape on him were to inform much of his later poetry.
One of the greatest poets of his generation, Hughes also wrote stories, plays, reviews and essays. He translated the work of, amongst others, Ovid, Racine, Aeschylus and Euripides. He wrote extensively for children, including the story The Iron Man, which was turned into the Disney blockbuster The Iron Giant. Hughes's interests in other art forms led to many collaborations, most famously with the artist Leonard Baskin.
Although best known in the UK, Hughes was a writer of international standing. He won numerous awards throughout his career, including four for his final collection, Birthday Letters. Hughes became Poet Laureate in 1984 until his death on 28th October 1998.
EllandBubble & Squeak Speciality Coffee House is an independent eat in / takeaway cafe in Elland near Halifax. We love great coffee and believe that w...Bubble & Squeak Speciality Coffee House is an independent eat in / takeaway cafe in Elland near Halifax. We love great coffee and believe that we do great food to go with it! we have an extensive freshly prepared menu focused on breakfast, lunch and local produce. We provide a delivery service to local businesses and an outside catering company for all types of events and functions We have a great light seating inside with more seating downstairs in the snug room which is also suitable for small meetings and gatherings. We are open daily from 7am for hot breakfasts and hot sandwiches, coffee and are proud to serve Yorkshire Tea. Our head barista and chef is Nick, a local award winning chef who has spent years working at some of the finest restaurants and hotels in the UK
Sowerby BridgeChrist Church is the Parish Church of Sowerby Bridge in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. It is a warm and welcoming place to visit and ...Christ Church is the Parish Church of Sowerby Bridge in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. It is a warm and welcoming place to visit and and worship, There are regular services during the week, and plenty of other other activities too. The church is open on a Tuesday and Saturday from 10am till 11:30am for visitors to have a look around and at other times by appointment.
EllandAn Independent Ski/Outdoor Equipment Shop in Elland West Yorkshire, family run for over 20 years. Our Ski Equipment includes a wide range of ski...An Independent Ski/Outdoor Equipment Shop in Elland West Yorkshire, family run for over 20 years. Our Ski Equipment includes a wide range of skis, ski boots, ski equipment, ski clothing and essentials from the likes of Salomon, K2, Volkl, Head, Surfanic, Icepeak, O'Neill, North Face, Arcteryx,Barts etc. Our specialist Outdoor Equipment Department stocks clothing, boots, equipment, climbing, running gear, etc from lots of the major brands as well as excellent products from those less well-known, to offer a wide and comprehensive range Our Lifestyle department stocks casual wear for your summer or winter holidays and everyday use from brands such as Animal, Old Guys Rule and Weird Fish We have a fully equipped ski/board workshop that can offer you anything from a simple wax, to full service including base and edge repairs. Our customised boot fitting service for skiers and walkers includes the very latest equipment to mold, stretch and alter boots to ensure a great fit. Add customised footbeds, the boots will fit better, and your feet will never have been so well looked after. We think we have something for everyone and should we not have a particular item, we are only too happy to try and obtain it for you.
MytholmroydWelcome to The Kitchen; the creation of daydreaming, hard work and a life long affair to home-made tasty food. We get to serve simple, authentic ta...Welcome to The Kitchen; the creation of daydreaming, hard work and a life long affair to home-made tasty food. We get to serve simple, authentic tasty nosh to you, the ones who appreciate good honest food. Where possible we use local ingredients, free range eggs and locally baked bread. Our salads, slaw and sandwiches are crafted daily on site using fresh produce & our cakes are lovingly baked on site. We carefully selected our rainbow alliance italian espresso arabica bean coffee, which equally matches our passion when it comes to authenticity & taste; and our commitment to ethical values. We are dog friendly (well-behaved humans also welcome!), and are also baby friendly and welcome breastfeeding mums. We are open for breakfast, hot & cold lunches and cakes throughout the day, perfect for meeting a friend or adopting an alternative office space. Our specialities include home made authentic curries and celebration cakes. We are wheelchair friendly and have a wheelchair accessible bathroom too. We like to get creative when it comes to these so drop us a message or contact us for further details. We gladly provide sandwich and hot/cold buffet drop-offs for your place of work or special occasion. Just contact us for further details.