The Bridestones - Todmorden

“A Database of Walks in Calderdale”

The Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale consists of Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Sowerby Bridge, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden as well as the surrounding villages. The area covers part of the South Pennines and the very South of the Yorkshire Dales (although isn’t included in the Yorkshire Dales National Park). Both Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge have been named as ‘Walkers Welcome’ towns which means that you can feel spoilt by the massive number of local walking routes .

Historical / Heritage Walks

Urban Halifax: Kings & Queens - A 1 hour stroll through West Halifax discovering its multicultural cricketing history via one very old and one very new cricket club.

Bygone Brighouse - Brighouse is famous for its canals, bridges and churches – but also for its ‘old and new’ cricketing heritage. This 1 hour walk introduces you to the rich history of the town.

Wainstalls Old and New - This 1 hour walk takes you around one of Calderdale’s most attractive, mountainous, and windswept villages, taking in old and new cricket grounds, and some interesting buildings and pubs.

Lancashire Hot Pot: Walsden to Todmorden - A 1.5 hour linear walk between the cricket grounds in both towns via a canal.

East is East: Norwood Green & Lightcliffe - A 1.5 hour walk along the attractive eastern fringe of Calderdale taking in two picturesque cricket grounds. 

Baptists and Brickworks: Blackley and Back - A 45 minute circular route which centres on Elland and takes in a couple of cricket grounds.

Ripponden Milestones - A 3.5 mile highways heritage walk starting in Ripponden and heading towards Halifax, viewing a tollhouse and various waymarkers plus an ancient milestone.

Magna Via Halifax - A highways heritage walk of 2.25 miles which includes some steep cobbled tracks, and walks a figure of eight around Shibden Hall


The picturesque Norwood Green cricket club

Urban Walks

Scout Bottom - A 1.5 mile walk, suitable for a lunch hour walk, starting at Orchard Business Park in Mytholmroyd.

Around White Lee - An easy lunchtime walk of 0.75 miles, estimated at only 17 minutes in length, explore one of the oldest Mytholmroyd.

Cragg Vale & Top Land - A quick route giving wonderful views of the Calder Valley, with 1.75 miles of steep uphill walking.

Beechwood Park - A 1 mile Walk4Life trail around Beechwood Park, starting outside the Library in Halifax.

Shroggs Park - A 1 mile Walk4Life trail around Shrogswood Park in Halifax.

Shibden Park - A 1 mile Walk4Life trail around Shibden Park in Halifax.

People’s Park - A Walk4Life mile trail around People’s Park in Halifax.

Savile Park - A Walk4Life mile trail around Savile Park in Halifax.

Dodnaze Estate - An easily accessible 0.5 mile walk around the Dodnaze estate in Hebden Bridge.

Hebden Bridge Packhorse Bridge Circular - A gentle 0.75 mile road walk starting at the 500 year old Pack Horse Bridge


Packhorse Bridge in Hebden Bridge

Real Ale Walks

Please be advised that pub openings are subject to change – these may not be 100% up to date!

Southowram to Brighouse - A leisurely afternoon’s walk including 4 real ale pubs.

Sowerby Bridge - A 4.5 mile walk taking in 7 real ale pubs around Sowerby Bridge.

Hebden Bridge - A 4.5 mile walk for a leisurely afternoon taking in 4 real ale pubs around Hebden Bridge.

Beacon Hill Ramble - A 5 mile walk, taking in 5 real ale pubs. Be warned – there are hills! 

Hipperholme Wander - A 5 mile circular walk around Hipperholme which includes 5 pubs.

Halifax and Moor Heath - 5 real ale pubs and just under 5 miles on this walk round Halifax and Moor Heath.


The award winning Puzzle Hall Inn in Sowerby Bridge

Countryside Walks

Halifax and the Shibden Valley - A 4.5 mile walk, exploring a pack horse trail, the half timbered Shibden Hall and surprisingly rural landscapes on the edge of Halifax.

Cragg Vale and Dean Hey - A dry weather walk from Mytholmroyd which can be muddy in places, but could be managed in a lunch time. 1.75 miles with a steep uphill slope which takes you into the heart of Cragg.

Twine Lane & Lower Ewood - A 1.5 mile walk from Mytholmroyd, including one short uphill slope and coming along the canal on the way back, with glorious views down the Calder Valley.

Stubb Clough - An ideal summertime after-work walk from Mytholmroyd, 2.25 miles which includes one uphill slope and takes you across fields to a small wooded stream tumbling down from the moor.

Scout Rock - A moderate walk of 2.5 miles which rises steeply from Mytholmroyd at the start and has excellent views across the Calder Valley.

Churn Milk Joan - A hard-ish walk of 5 miles from Mytholmroyd along some steep paths, ending up at local landmark and subject of a Ted Hughes poem, Churn Milk Joan.

Wood Top - An easy walk from Mytholmroyd of about 2 miles which avoids steep climbs but offers excellent views across the valley. The destination is a traditional upland textile hamlet.

Walsden Library Walk - This is a 4.5 mile linear walk from Walsden to Todmorden library through a variety of different habitats including moorlands, woods, streams and canals.

Southowram Library Walk - This is a 5 mile linear walk through woodland and rolling pastures from Southowram Library to Elland library via Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve

Hebden Bridge to Gibson Mill - A 2ish hour walk between Hebden Bridge town centre and the impressive Gibson Mill.

Below Stoodley Pike - A 2.5 mile high level circular walk along old lanes and through pastures, with fine panoramic views.

Heptonstall to Jack Bridge - A 2.5 mile linear walk from Heptonstall to Jack Bridge

Lumbutts and Mankinholes - This rather delightful walk can be done in an easy (1 mile), medium (1.5 miles) or extended version (3 miles) and starts at Todmorden with excellent views of Stoodley Pike and Bacup Moor

Hardcastle Crags - A 1.5 hour easy going walk from Hebden Bridge to Hardcastle Crags


Stoodley Pike


Moorland Walks

Rishworth Moor’s Expanse - A 5.5 mile “bracing” ramble across open Moorland with excellent views, starting above Baitings Reservoir, close to Ripponden.

Bridestone Rocks from Lydgate - 5 miles along ancient tracks and gritstone outcrops, with terrific views of the steep-sided Cliviger Valley, based near Todmorden.

Hebden Bridge Library Walk - A 4ish mile round walk setting out from Hebden Bridge library taking in woodland and heather moorlands.

Above Old Town - A 2.5 mile walk skirting the heather moors taking in the fantastic views and with the chance of seeing partridges and pheasants.


The Bridestones

Woodland Walks

Jumble Hole and Colden Clough - A 5.5 mile walk round fields and woodlands and through steep valleys, taking in Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge.

Hardcastle Crags & Crimsworth Dean - Explore two beautiful wooded valleys, linked by a high path on this 5 mile walk, near Hebden Bridge.

Mytholmroyd Library Walk - A 4 mile round walk from the library at Mytholmroyd taking in the local moorland and woods.


Stepping Stones at Hardcastle Crags

Waterside Walks

Ogden Water - A 1 mile Walk4Life waymarked walk around the reservoir at Ogden, starting at the Visitor Centre

River Ryburn - A 1.6 mile circular ‘leg stretching’ walk from Ripponden along the River Ryburn and skirting through a wood on the way back.

Cragg Vale - This is a 3.5 mile linear walk along little Cragg Brook, between Cragg Vale and Mytholmroyd.

Mixenden Library Walk - A circular walk of around 4 miles, taking in open water and marshlands, as well as woods.

Blackstone Edge Reservoirs – a gentle walk - A mainly flat 3.5 mile circular walk around the reservoirs at Blackstone Edge

Withins Cloughs Reservoir - A 2 mile easy access walk around Clough Reservoir with good views of the Stoodley Pike monument.

Hebden Bridge to Fallingroyd - Follow the River Calder in this 1.5 mile walk from Hebden Bridge and back

Hebden Bridge Canal Path to Stubbing Wharf - A 1.5 mile circular walk, starting in Hebden Bridge and going along both river and canal via the Stubbing Wharf pub

Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd - a 1.5 mile linear walk between the two ‘Walkers are Welcome’ towns


A view over Ogden Water


The Calderdale Way

The Calderdale Way is a boundary walk which goes around the area of Calderdale, split up into 14 easily manageable linear Sections. Only one goes above the Casual Rambler guidelines of 6 miles, so I’ve included it for good measure!

1 - Clay House to Clough Moor Bridge - This 2 mile trail covers mainly woodland and moors starting from the supposedly haunted Clay House.

2 - Clough Moor Bridge to Ripponden - A 3.25 mile walk across Norland Moor to the conservation area at Ripponden.

3 - Ripponden to Cragg Vale - This leg is 5 miles long and crosses the scenic countryside.

4 - Cragg Vale to Todmorden - A 5.5 mile walk which crosses the Pennine Way and goes through picturesque Mankinholes and past the Te Deum Stone.

5 - Todmorden to Blackshaw Head - SERIOUS RAMBLE ALERT!! 7.25 miles through Todmorden and some of its industrial past and on through fields.

6 - Blackshaw Head to HeptonstallThis leg of the Calderdale Way is 2.75 miles across the country, skirting along the edge of a wood and ending at Heptonstall church.

7 - Heptonstall to Pecket WellA woodland walk fringing an area of outstanding natural beauty, lasting 5 miles.

8 - Pecket Well to Luddenden Dean - A 5 mile high level route round the moor edge, which has awesome views across the area.

9 - Luddenden Dean to Brockholes - A 3.5 mile walk climbing then through small hamlets and dropping into rich farming country.

10 - Upper Brockholes to Catherine Slack - 2.5 miles skirting the north of Halifax, through fields and farms.

11 - Catherine Slack to Shelf - This 3.25 part of the trail drops rapidly into the rural Shibden Valley before climbing gradually to the staging post at Stone Chair.

12 - Shelf to Bailiff Bridge - Another 3.25 section of the Calderdale Way from Stone Chair, past the War Memorial to Bailiff Bridge.

13 Bailiff Bridge to Brighouse - This 2.5 mile trail with views including Iron Age Castle Hill and the Clifton Colliery Tramway.

14 – Brighouse to Clay HouseThe final 5 mile stage following the canal for some time before ending through fields with panoramic views.


 A gorgeous view over the valley at Mankinholes


The Brighouse Boundary Way

This is a slightly more manageable boundary walk than the Calderdale one, with only 5 walks between 3 and 5 miles in length. .

1 - Thornhill Briggs to Hipperholme - The first 4.5 miles stage, skirting through the edge of town and through fields to Hipperholme.

2 - Hipperholme to Cromwell Bottom3.75 miles cross country, passing the Magna Via stone and Ashday Hall.

3 - Cromwell Bottom to Toothill Lane  – This stretch is 3.75, following the canal for a short way and passing under the M62 twice.

4 – Toothill Lane to Three Nuns - A 4 mile stretch through countryside and following the Calder and Hebble Navigation, ending at a pub from 1497.

5 - Three Nuns to Thornhill Briggs - The final 4 mile countryside stage starts at the old pub and leads back to where you began.


 The Magna Via

Thanks to the following who published the walks in this area:

  • The Calderdale Way website (no longer working)
  • The Brighouse Boundary Way website (no longer working)
  • The AA website
  • ‘The Cricketing Heritage of Calderdale & Kirklees’ website.
  •  The Northern Beer Blog -
  • Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA
  • Walk4Life
  • Calderdale Council
  • Mytholmroyd Walkers Welcome
  • Yorkshire Water
  • Milestone Society
  • Hebden Bridge Walkers Action