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TodmordenOnce the local manor house dating back to the late 16th century, this refurbished hostel on the edge of moorland is a charming place to stay. Th...Once the local manor house dating back to the late 16th century, this refurbished hostel on the edge of moorland is a charming place to stay. The Pennine Way and The Calderdale Way are close by and you’ll find an abundance of other footpaths, bridleways and packhorse trails to explore. Despite the quiet, rural location, YHA Mankinholes is within easy reach of other attractions should the weather prove inclement. Eureka!, the National Children’s Museum in Halifax, Shibden Estate, The Piece Hall, Bankfield Museum, Haworth, The Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway and Hollingworth Lake & Activity Centre are all nearby. YHA Mankinholes offers 8 bedrooms, each with a number of bunkbeds. Each bunkbed sleeps two people.
TodmordenThe Caldervale line runs through the area with train stations at Halifax, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Walsden and Todmor...The Caldervale line runs through the area with train stations at Halifax, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Walsden and Todmorden. Trains run from Blackpool North to York via Hebden Bridge and Halifax and from Leeds via Bradford to Manchester Victoria via all stations. 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.
Reopening of Public Toilet Facilities in Calderdale
Reopening of Public Toilet Facilities in Calderdale
When you’re visiting Calderdale in the coming months, please be aware that due to the COVID-19 virus, not all of the public toilet facilities in Calderdale are currently open.
To help support the reopening of local businesses and enable those with certain medical conditions to get out and about, from Tuesday 7th July Calderdale Council is reopening one toilet block in each of Calderdale’s main towns:
Brighouse – Thornton Square
Elland – Town Hall Square
Halifax – Albion Street
Hebden Bridge – New Road
Sowerby Bridge – Wharf Street
Todmorden – Brook Street
The toilets will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am-4.30pm.
All of these toilet blocks have disabled toilets accessible with RADAR keys.
These locations have been chosen as they are all self-contained, individually accessed unisex facilities, which will help to reduce the risk of infection transmission.
The blocks will be subject to additional cleaning with frequent ‘touch points’ disinfected. Users are asked to help maintain hygiene standards between cleans by following the advice in the increased signage in place in all facilities.
As always, it’s incredibly important to maintain good hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water before and after use, for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face and follow the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ guidance. Regular checks of facilities will take place to ensure there is sufficient soap available.
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.
Visit our Walking page for information about 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!
Todmorden Town Hall in Todmorden straddles the Walsden Water and it was situated in both Lancashire and Yorkshire until the county boundary was ...
Todmorden Town Hall in Todmorden straddles the Walsden Water and it was situated in both Lancashire and Yorkshire until the county boundary was moved on 1 January 1888. Designed by John Gibson of Westminster, this Grade 1 listed building holds a strong place in the hearts of local people.
Most iconic, from the outside, is the pediment. The carved stonework has two central female figures on a pedestal. The left hand one represents Lancashire (cotton spinning industry) and the right hand one Yorkshire (engineering and agriculture). Below the two figures are different friezes of the industries coming together to prosper on the border.
Inside the building there is an old Magistrate’s Court which now serves as Todmorden Town Council Chamber. The ballroom upstairs spans the length of the building and holds many memories for those who have attended the many varied events in the Town Hall for over 140 years.
Todmorden Town Hall is the People’s Palace. It was gifted to the people of Todmorden by the Fielden family on 6 August 1891. Please do get in touch to share your memories, explore and to ask questions.
All rooms at Todmorden Town Hall are licensed for civil ceremonies. All enquiries welcome and individual needs can be discussed and you are welcome on a pre-visit to see the magnificent hall so you can decide if it is the right place for you. There is no obligation to hire Todmorden Town Hall - we're happy for you to come and look around. Get in touch to confirm what date you'd like to look around, or to arrange a day.
The building has many stories to tell and is home to a Heritage Centre. Guided ‘Tea and Tours’ are available for groups with fully trained volunteer tour guides. Tours cost £4.50 per person, with a minimum group charge of £45.00. All tours include tea, coffee and biscuits.
Free ‘Taster Tours’ are available for individuals and couples on the first Sunday of the month (except January) and start at 2pm opposite the iconic pediment. There is no need to book a tour: you can just turn up. Please note that these tours last just one hour and are less comprehensive than the ‘Tea and Tours’.
For individuals and couples who would like to enjoy a more thorough tour there are also ‘Behind the Scenes Tours’ of Todmorden Town Hall available. These include access to the secret spaces of Todmorden Town Hall, including Caretaker’s Flat, bathroom in the attic and cellar. ‘Behind the Scenes Tours’ are charged at £6.50 per person and include tea, coffee and biscuits. To book your place on a ‘Behind the Scenes Tour’ please click here. :
If you would like to become a volunteer at Todmorden Town Hall or to book a tour please contact Todmorden Information Centre.
Todmorden Town Hall sits in the centre of Todmorden and all day parking is available in Bramsche Square, Todmorden, OL14 5AG. Parking charges are in force from 8am to 6pm .
Todmorden Town Hall is wheelchair accessible throughout. There are accessible toilets and a lift to the ballroom.
Thank you to GillGraphics for the virtual tours and Andy Wade Photography for the images.
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.
TodmordenCentre Vale Park has been awarded the coveted Green Flag status and the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Fields status. and is located a short walk (...Centre Vale Park has been awarded the coveted Green Flag status and the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Fields status. and is located a short walk (approx 600 metres) from Todmorden town centre along the A646 Burnley Road. The route of The Calderdale Way, a 50 mile walking route which circles the borough, passes by less than a hundred metres from the park. The park and is home to 'The Lucky Dog' of Todmorden, as made famous in Derren Brown's TV show 'The Experiments' and offers visitors the chance to relax in a green, open space and to enjoy the all weather 5 -a-side football pitches, bowling greens, play area, skate park, cycle way, football pitches and The Conservatory and Animal House; which is open seven days a week between 10am - 4pm (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day). Centre Vale Park consists of 33 hectares of mature oak and beech woodland intersected by woodland walks and open parkland. The main body of the park landscape also includes formal memorial gardens. It is ideal for walking, sports and formal recreation, picnics and family outings. The public toilets are to the East of the park. The channelled River Calder runs along the North-eastern boundary of the park, adjacent to Burnley Road. For more information about the schedule of events in the park, please ring Todmorden Tourist Information Centre on 01706 818181
TodmordenRegular bus services operate to all the main towns in Calderdale, with bus stations in Brighouse, Halifax and Todmorden. Frequency in the smalle...Regular bus services operate to all the main towns in Calderdale, with bus stations in Brighouse, Halifax and Todmorden. Frequency in the smaller villages and rural areas is more limited. Up to date timetables are available from West Yorkshire METRO.
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.
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
Please note that Todmorden Information Centre is currenty closed due to the lockdown. Please contact us...
Please note that Todmorden Information Centre is currenty closed due to the lockdown. Please contact us by email at
Todmorden Information Centre has a wide range of information and brochures covering not only Todmorden and Calderdale but also about other parts of Yorkshire and the rest of England
The centre sells a wide range of souvenirs, maps, cards and books about Todmorden as well as glass ware, fine china, gifts, reproductions of Victorian prints of local views and paintings.
We are members of Enjoy England and Welcome to Yorkshire.
Wednesday - Saturday: 10am - 3pm until Christmas
Whatever your group’s size and whenever you choose to visit, once you’ve discovered what Calderdale has to offer you’ll find r...
Whatever your group’s size and whenever you choose to visit, once you’ve discovered what Calderdale has to offer you’ll find reasons to visit again and again.
A Warm Welcome
Encounter miles of stunning countryside, bustling market towns where independent shops outnumber the national chains, magnificent gardens and parkland, fantastic locally sourced food and drink, two past winners of Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub, some of the finest examples of architecture anywhere in the country, festivals, theatres, agricultural shows, music, exhibitions, antiques, galleries and a rich mix of annual events.
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.
Ideally located off major routes, getting here couldn't be easier - your group will be able to arrive relaxed and raring to go. Visit our Getting to Calderdale page and discover how simple it can be to come and pay us a visit.
Once you're here, you'll quickly realise there's a lot more to Calderdale than you can discover in a single day. There are plenty of hotels suitable for groups that will serve as an ideal base for you to explore our magnificently modest area.
Calderdale also has three friendly visitor information centres that are just a phone call away and who can help to provide you with additional information and inside tips to make your trip a real success, whatever your tastes and budget.
Calderdale offers great value for money and a warm Yorkshire welcome. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Coach Parking & Drop Off Points
Here's some handy information on set down points and parking for coaches:
Set Down Points:
Cobbled lay by (adjacent to 'The Woolshops Shopping Centre' car park, on your left) on Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG.
- Pre-booked coach parking is available in the Eureka! car parks. All coach parking must be booked in advance directly with Eureka! and is subject to availability.. Eureka! Contact: 01422 330069
- Pre-booked coach parking for a maximum of two coaches is available at The Shay Stadium, Halifax HX3 0AQ in the South Stand Car Park. All coach parking must be booked in advance. £25.00 for a full day – weekdays only, (cash only). No reduction for part days. The Shay Stadium 01422 264750
Set Down Points: Lay by on New Road, HX7 8AF (adjacent to Hebden Bridge Marina).
Coach Parking: There is a signposted car park in the nearby village of Heptonstall on Valley View Road. (Use the Heptonstall turning circle just outside Hebden Bridge to double back up towards Heptonstall.) The lay-by opposite the Heptonstall turning circle also sometimes has space to park, but the amount of space available there varies daily.
Parking is available for up to two coaches in a lay-by at the marina on New Road by Hebden Bridge Visitor Centre for up to three hours. Postcode HX7 8AF
There is a signposted car park in nearby Heptonstall, on Valley View Road. Postcode HX7 7LB.
There is also a lay-by opposite the Heptonstall turning circle on King Street (A646). There is sometimes space to park here, although the amount of space available varies daily. Postcode HX7 6LX.
Set Down Point: Stand A, Todmorden Bus Station, Burnley Road, OL14 5DJ. Please use Stand A, which is located on the main road, for both drop off and pick up.
Coach Parking: Todmorden Bus Station, Burnley Road, OL14 5DJ. After dropping off at Stand A, coaches can drive onto the bus station proper and park in one of two lay-bys at the station designated as 'bus lay over'. For more information please ring Metro on 0113 2517330.
TodmordenAs made famous by Derren Brown's 2011 TV Show 'The Experiments', the 'Lucky Dog' could bring good luck your way.As made famous by Derren Brown's 2011 TV Show 'The Experiments', the 'Lucky Dog' could bring good luck your way.
Starting 11th Feb 2021
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A Virtual Tour of Anne Lister's Home Shibden Hall is held on the following dates:
11th February 2021 to 11th February 2024
Discover the secrets of Anne Lister's home Shibden Hall from the comfort of your own home with this free online...
Discover the secrets of Anne Lister's home Shibden Hall from the comfort of your own home with this free online virtual tour.
Explore the room where Anne Lister wrote her diaries, move freely around the main house, venture through the Victorian gardens and get up-close to one of the world’s oldest surviving carriages in the 17th century asiled barn.
There are expert guides in every room to share the fascinating features of this historic house and the stories of the people who have lived here.
Starting 29th Mar 2021
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Anne Lister and Shibden Hall Timelines is held on the following dates:
29th March Onwards
You can now enjoy a new 600-year timeline of Shibden Hall’s history including key events and changes made...
You can now enjoy a new 600-year timeline of Shibden Hall’s history including key events and changes made during Anne Lister’s lifetime.
There are also timelines for Anne Lister and important figures in her life Mariana Percy (Belcombe) Lawton, Isabella (Tibb) Norcliffe and more!
The timeline has been created in partnership with the Anne Lister research site Packed with Potential
Starting 1st Apr 2021
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Anne Lister's Birthday Diary Podcasts is held on the following dates:
1st - 12th April 2021
Calderdale Cultural Destinations have been given permission to use Anne Lister’s birthday diary readings ...
Calderdale Cultural Destinations have been given permission to use Anne Lister’s birthday diary readings from 1818-1840, and a number of Anne’s friends from Halifax, Calderdale and around the world have read an entry for you to enjoy!
These will be released, two each day, from 1st-12th April and you'll find all the readings here.
Follow Calderdale Cultural Destinations on @CulturalRach on Twitter for more info, and enjoy!