Elland is home to the fabulous Rex Cinema, one of Britains' oldest surviving and still thriving purpose-built picture houses. An impressive selection of family-run shops gives Elland town centre a homely appeal. Victoria Mills in nearby Greetland houses Andy Thornton's, an Aladdin's cave of architectural antiques and quirky finds, together with some great independent restaurants. Greetland is also the official start of the 50 mile walking route; The Calderdale Way.
Elland is one of the oldest settlements in Calderdale, and is even entered in the Domesday Book as Ealand, roughly meaning ‘land by the river’ in Anglo-Saxon. The town received a Royal Charter over 700 years ago, on 24 February 1317 from King Edward II; allowing it to host a weekly market, as well as two fairs a year.
The town indulges in nostalgia twice over; at the Vintage Rex Cinema, complete with cinema organ and interval for ice-cream and at Joseph Dobson's, family confectioners since 1850 and 'home of the Mint Imperial'. The selection of quality,family-run shops, cafes and restaurants and the weekly outdoor market gives Elland town centre a homely appeal. The 'Welland Festival of Joy' held in June celebrates wellbeing and local community spirit.
In nearby Greetland, you will find Andy Thornton Architectural Antiques, with 60,000 square feet of showroom to explore. There are also Indian, Thai and Seafood restaurants.
The 50 mile Calderdale Way footpath also starts its journey at West Vale, under the oak canopy of North Dean Woods. The route includes much exposed moorland as well as woodland paths, a short section of canal towpath and some road sections.