Nestled deep in the Calder Valley, the characterful market town of Todmorden is a little bit Yorkshire, a little bit Lancashire, and wholly unique.
Todmorden used to stand with one half in Lancashire - the old Yorkshire/Lancashire border ran through the magnificent Grade I listed Town Hall. The name means "Valley of the Marsh Fox" and the town is situated at the point where three valleys meet.
Todmorden town centre's high street and traditional cobbled highways are populated by an array of independent shops and cafes. The indoor and outdoor markets offer a diverse range of quality produce, such as locally reared beef, lamb and goat, together with seasonal treats such as asparagus spears, bilberries and roast chestnuts. Regular flea markets and craft events throughout the year help to cater for all tastes and requirements.
Local food is particularly important, with the Incredible Edible campaign aiming to make the town self-sufficient by 2018. You can already help yourself to herbs from planters at various locations around the town, and with orchards planted, local schools involved and plans for hill-top farming, the campaign has attracted international attention.
Architecturally, Todmorden is unparalleled for such a small town, fine examples are the Town Hall with its neo-classical colonnades and richly engraved pediment, the nearby Unitarian Church, Old Hall and Todmorden Hippodrome.
Opportunities for leisure activities are plentiful, with easy walks along the Rochdale Canal towpath towards Rochdale or Hebden Bridge, and hikes to Bridestones and the Stoodley Pike monument. You can also follow the 'Incredible Edible Green Route' around the town centre (pop into Todmorden information centre to pick up your free copy). The Calderdale Way, a 50-mile circular walking route exploring the hills, moors and valleys of Calderdale also passes close to the town, through Mankinholes and Lumbutts and descending close to Centre Vale Park.
At Centre Vale Park you can visit the 'Lucky Dog', made famous by Derren Brown's TV show "The Experiments". You can also enjoy bowling on the crown green pitches, the skate park, strolling amongst the floral displays or just sit, listening to music on the bandstand.
For more information about the town, see the Visit Todmorden website.
A couple of miles further up the road you will find Walsden, famed for the Summit Tunnel and the highest canal lock in the country. Walsden is home to the impressive Gordon Rigg Garden Centre, with everything from plants to crafts, home furnishings and a cafe.