In the beautiful Ryburn Valley lies the conservation village of Ripponden, with its lovely Church, Georgian-fronted vicarage and 16th century packhorse bridge. Visit the 14th century Old Bridge Inn, one of Yorkshire's oldest pubs and The Fleece, a newly renovated inn, voted "Yorkshire's Favourite Pub 2015"..
The deeply rural Ryburn Valley slips away at Sowerby Bridge. The Ryburn cradles the conservation village of Ripponden, with its lovely church, Georgian fronted vicarage and 16th century packhorse bridge.
Next to the bridge the picturesque 14th century Old Bridge Inn is one of Yorkshire's oldest pubs and today serves real ale and hearty modern cuisine.
The village developed where the packhorse routes of Elland and Halifax met and then crossed into Lancashire. Originally there was a ford over the river, followed later by a timber bridge, a stone bridge (1533) and a mid-eighteenth century bridge, which is still used today. Because of this, the settlement acted as a focus for the activities in surrounding rural areas including Barkisland, Rishworth and Soyland, a role it still fulfills today.
The area is of archaeological importance due to the Roman Road which leads over nearby Blackstone Edge, a ridge of millstone grit, and is also rich in bronze age and neolithic remains.
The Oldham road climbs south, offering dramatic views over Rishworth Moor, home of the UK's highest motorway - the M62. The moor itself is an area of outstanding natural beauty, home to a wealth of wildlife and a series of ancient round barrow burial sites - 'Cat Stones'. The Calderdale Way, a 50-mile circular walking route exploring the hills, moors and valleys of Calderdale passes through the village.
Visit our Getting to Calderdale page for details of how to get to Ripponden and Calderdale by rail, bus, car, air and sea.