Get back to nature
Surrounded by moorlands, Todmorden is an ideal base for walking, mountain biking, bird watching, horse riding, fell running and bouldering. For the more hardened hikers the Calderdale Way, Pennine Way and Mary Towneley Loop pass through Todmorden or there's a walk up to the impressive 100ft Stoodley Pike Monument, built to commemorate the end of the Napoleonic Wars. If you fancy something more relaxing, take a gentle stroll along the canal towpath taking in the award winning Fielden Wharf. What ever you chose, there are plenty of charming pubs, cafes and tea rooms from the hilltops to the valley bottoms where you can take a break and enjoy the beautiful views.
Family fun for everyone
The picturesque Centre Vale Park, with its backdrop of Buckley Wood is a scenic delight and provides a sculpture trail, children's play-area, gardens and a reptile house. Four youngsters the town also has a Toy and Model Museum which is a treasure trove of more than 5,000 toys and models. Annual events include a carnival, agricultural show, beer festival and the traditional Easter Pace Egg plays.
Shopping - the new way
Todmorden has a wealth of independent shops that provide even the most practised of shoppers a new experience. The town centre is made up from a selection of small shops, cafes, pubs, art galleries and, of course the famous market! Whether you are searching for local organic food, a stunning piece of local handmade jewellery or an amazing antique or piece of artwork it can all be found in Todmorden!
Food for thought
Whether you've an appetite for something traditional, modern, international or even a little of all of those you'll like what's on the menu in Todmorden. What ever you do you will get to sample some famous Northern hospitality friendly staff and quality, with an increasing emphasis on locally produced wholesome food. As you'd expect from a historic town, Todmorden is not without a wide selection of pubs! Real ale, lagers and a good selection of wine, some of it locally brewed, can be drunk in cosy pubs that were originally houses to coaching inns.
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 ever-popular Grandma Pollard's Chippy, frying tonight for over 50 years and the impressive Gordon Rigg's Garden Centre, with everything from plants and greenery to crafts, home furnishings and a cafe.