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  1. Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve, Brighouse

    Brighouse

    Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve

    Cromwell Bottom is one of the most important wildlife sites in Calderdale. Situated next to the Calder and Hebble Navigation, the River Calder runs...
    Cromwell Bottom is one of the most important wildlife sites in Calderdale. Situated next to the Calder and Hebble Navigation, the River Calder runs through the reserve. The wetlands and meadows provide a variety of habitats for many insects, including butterflies, moths, dragonflies and damselflies. A bird feeding area attracts many birds to the site, including bullfinch, dunnock, woodpeckers, robins and redpoll. Other birds that can be seen or heard around the site include kingfishers, oystercatchers and curlew. Many mammals and amphibians have also made Cromwell Bottom their home. The reserve is wheelchair friendly, with many of the paths being suitable for wheelchair access. The paths are generally smooth, and there are no steep gradients. A RADAR key is required to open the gate fully to allow easier access. The reserve is accessed from the A6025 (Elland Road). Turn along a road by the side of Cromwell House (a large red brick building), then left under a height barrier into the small car park. The reserve is signposted from the far end of the car park. There are also buses that travel along the A6025.
  2. Jerusalem Farm & Wade Wood Local Nature Reserve

    Halifax

    Jerusalem Farm & Wade Wood Local Nature Reserve

    Jerusalem Farm and Wade Wood is a 13-hectare nature reserve with many woodland pathways and perfect spots for picnics and paddling. The kids will h...
    Jerusalem Farm and Wade Wood is a 13-hectare nature reserve with many woodland pathways and perfect spots for picnics and paddling. The kids will have great fun splashing about in the stream and there is plenty of space to play. There are also picnic tables and spots in the shade. The Calderdale Way passes close by the reserve. Wade Wood and the landscape around it is home to many woodland birds such as nuthatches, Tree Creepers, Goldfinch, Robins and Woodpeckers. If you're lucky (and very quiet) you may also catch a sight of deer! The site has a wide variety of fungi during the autumn months. However is known for midges on summer evenings, so don't forget the midge repellent when you come to visit! Please note: Access to the woods from the car park is by a steep grass track. There is a zig-zag path from the car park to the grass, which is stroller accessible for the kids. The car park is only small and also serves the camp site and self-catering accommodation at Jerusalem Farm, so please arrive early if you're coming to visit. The car park closes at dusk and is locked for the night.
  3. Public Toilet Facilities in Calderdale

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    Public Toilet Facilities in Calderdale

    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.

     

     

     

     

  4. Rochdale Canal at Hebden Bridge

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    Rochdale Canal

    The Rochdale Canal runs for 33 miles between Sowerby Bridge in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, all the way to Manchester. It runs through the Upper Cal...
    The Rochdale Canal runs for 33 miles between Sowerby Bridge in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, all the way to Manchester. It runs through the Upper Calder Valley passing Luddendenfoot, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Walsden. The canal is close to train stations at Sowerby Bridge, Mythomroyd, Hebden Brige, Todmorden and Walsden. There is a towpath all the way which makes it a great flat walking route, suitable for buggies. You can walk short sections by using regular local buses to get you to the start and finish of your walk.
  5. Hebden Bridge Railway Station

    Hebden Bridge

    Hebden Bridge Railway Station

    The 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. Hebden Bridge’s Victorian Railway station is that it is featured in a new Penguin Viking book “Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations” by Sir Simon Jenkins.
  6. Jerusalem Farm Barn

    Halifax

    Jerusalem Farm Barn

    Situated within 13 hectares of beautiful countryside, Jerusalem Farm has fantastic facilities, enabling disabled children and young people to enjoy...
    Situated within 13 hectares of beautiful countryside, Jerusalem Farm has fantastic facilities, enabling disabled children and young people to enjoy holidays with their families. Situated on The Calderdale Way and only 6 miles from The Pennine Way, within 13 hectares of beautiful countryside, Jerusalem Farm has fantastic facilities, enabling disabled children and young people to enjoy holidays with their families. Jerusalem Farm worked closely with the parents and carers of disabled children and young people, developng the converted barn to ensure that the facility can be easily used by all visitors. The welcoming atmosphere, stunning scenery and accessible overnight facilities ensure that it's a great place for a relaxing break. The three bedroom accommodation has an adjacent car park with a wheelchair friendly pathway to the barn. Inside, the barn has been designed so that disabled children, young people and their families have all the equipment they need. There's a spacious, specially adapted bedroom with an en-suite bathroom with a hoist which can carry people from the bed to the bathroom. The fully equipped kitchen has also been tailored for wheelchair users, with work surfaces and cooking equipment lowered in height. The large terrace is the perfect place to sit and admire the outstandng countryside, spectacular valleys, woodland birds and sometimes even deer! The facilities include: A bedroom with bunkbeds (H165xL205xW104cm) A fullt adapted bedroom with two beds and a hoist into the adapted bathroom. A double bedroom. A fully equipped kitchen. Two bathrooms, including easy to use en-suite, accessible toilet and bathroom facilities. Underfloor heating Fully equipped living room with a television, DVD player and payphone. High quality furniture throughout. Jerusalem Barn is adjacent to a Local Nature Reserve and campsite. Halifax is 7 miles away, with Eureka! The National Children's Musuem, Shibden Estate, theatres, museums and art galleries. Sowerby Bridge is 5 miles away, with a leisure centre and swimming pool. Hebden Bridge is 4miles away, with a cinema, canal cruises, Visitor Information Centre and many independent shops and restaurants. Mytholmroyd Railway Station is 3 miles away. We are Walker and Cycling friendly. We have an Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Point: 1 x 7kW 32A Type 2 Mennekes, ZeroNet.
  7. Walking in Calderdale

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    Walking in Calderdale

    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!

  8. Group Travel in Calderdale: Coach Parking & Drop Off Points

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    Group Travel in Calderdale: Coach Parking & Drop Off Points

    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:

    Halifax

    Set Down Points:

    Cobbled lay by (adjacent to 'The Woolshops Shopping Centre' car park, on your left) on Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG. 

    Coach Parking:

    • 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

    Hebden Bridge

    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.

    Todmorden

    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.

  9. North Dean Woods

    Halifax

    North Dean Woods

    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 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.
  10. Sowerby Bridge Railway Station

    Sowerby Bridge

    Sowerby Bridge Railway Station

    The 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.
  11. Manor Heath Park Jungle Experience

    Halifax

    The Jungle Experience at Manor Heath Park

    The Jungle Experience is located in the Green Flag Award and Yorkshire in Bloom Gold award-winning Manor Heath Park; 

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    The Jungle Experience is located in the Green Flag Award and Yorkshire in Bloom Gold award-winning Manor Heath Park; 

    When you visit the Jungle Experience you will discover a tropical greenhouse filled with a wide range of plants from all over the world, including Bird of Paradise, Tropical Water Lillies, Orchids, Banana Plants and many more.

    Wooden walkways in the greenhouse take you over streams and past ponds containing fish and terrapin, with information boards explaining the different varieties of plants.

    The Time Zone takes you back 400 million years with specimens of plants dating back to the days of the dinosaurs and then bringing visitors back to the 21st century.

    Butterfly zone with tropical butterflies flying freely around you as they gather nectar from the tropical flowers. Insect eating plants in our Savage Garden.

    When visiting  the Jungle Experience, you can also visit Manor Heath Park's Walled Garden and rechrage with  a sandwich, cuppa and cake the Flutterbites Cafe.

    Entrance to the Manor Heath Park and the Walled Garden is FREE. Entrance to the Jungle Experience is £1 per person, for everyone 3 years old and over.

    All year round opening times for The Jungle Experience and Walled Garden are:

    Opening time:10 am every day.

    Closing times: last entry 3.30pm, closed 3.45pm every day except Friday.

    Friday closing: last entry 3pm and closed 3.15pm.

    Educational visits to Manor Heath for schools covering the national curriculum can be arranged by Phoning 01422 365631 or emailing parks@calderdale.gov.uk. Booking is essential.

  12. Brighouse Bus Station

    Brighouse

    Brighouse Bus Station

    Regular 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.
  13. The Sunken Garden at Manor Heath Park

    Halifax

    Manor Heath Park

    Open all year round, Manor Heath Park is a nineteen acre Green Flag Award and Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award winning park, featuring

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    Open all year round, Manor Heath Park is a nineteen acre Green Flag Award and Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award winning park, featuring

    • a woodland walk and wild flower area, planted with over thirty species of wild flowers and bulbs
    • a well-equipped children's play area for all abilities
    • a water park and sand pit (from April to October)
    • outdoor gym
    • plenty of spots for the perfect picnic
    • The Jungle Experience
    • The Walled Garden
    • The Flutterbites Cafe

    Entrance to the park is FREE. Entrance to the Jungle Experience is £1 per person, for everyone 3 years old and over.

    All year round opening times for The Jungle Experience and Walled Garden are:

    Opening time:10 am every day.

    Closing times: last entry 3.30pm, closed 3.45pm every day except Friday.. Friday closing: last entry 3pm and closed 3.15pm.

    Educational visits to Manor Heath for schools covering the national curriculum can be arranged by Phoning 01422 365631 or emailing parks@calderdale.gov.uk. Booking is essential.


  14. Halifax Railway Station

    Halifax

    Halifax Railway Station

    The Caldervale line runs through the area with stations at Halifax, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Walsden and Todmorden. ...
    The Caldervale line runs through the area with 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 train service operated by Grand Central runs from London to Halifax and Brighouse three times a day.
  15. Apple Tree Farm Alpaca Walks

    Hebden Bridge

    Apple Tree Farm Alpaca Walks

    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...
    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!
  16. Halifax Bus Station

    Halifax

    Halifax Bus Station

    Regular 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.

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