Tucked away in the rolling hills of the Calder Valley, Mytholmroyd sits between the towns of Halifax and Hebden Bridge. The village is at the confluence of Elphin Brook and River Calder, while the Rochdale Canal also passes through. That means this small, scenic area offers a pleasant walking experience with great views.
Mytholmroyd is best-known as the birthplace of the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes – and his first wife Sylvia Plath is buried in nearby Heptonstall. Arrive in Mytholmroyd by train to see Hughes’ famous children’s story The Iron Man brought to life in artwork on the station’s platform. And a more murky Mytholmroyd past reveals 18th-century tales of notorious counterfeiting gang the Cragg Vale Coiners, whose activities were said to be so damaging they threatened to ruin Britain’s currency.
Mytholmroyd and its surrounding areas are punctuated with independent shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs for when you need a rest from all the walking. Steep and winding Cragg Road finds its way up to purple swathes of heather-filled moorland with wooded cloughs and babbling brooks cascading down the hillsides and is the longest continuous incline in England. Cycling enthusiasts in particular will welcome the challenge Cragg Vale provides. The Calderdale Way, a 50 mile (80 km) circular walk exploring the hills, moors and valleys of Calderdale passes across Cragg Road.
While out and about on your travels in Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale and Luddenden, you’ll not be short of places to rest with great food – many of them dog-friendly too. The Kitchen Coffee House provides the perfect backdrop to your morning coffee as it sits right on the canal. Meanwhile, the Hinchliffe Arms is renowned in the area, extending a warm welcome to visitors and locals alike with local delicacies such as the Craggy Egg and Vimto Trifle. Up the other side of the valley is the village of Luddenden. When Branwell Bronte lodged at the Lord Nelson Inn he would no doubt have enjoyed the glorious oak woodlands and meadows that now make up Jerusalem Farm Local Nature Reserve.