Blessed with stunning scenery, magnificent architecture, diverse shops and a thriving art community, Todmorden is the perfect place for a short break or a walking holiday.
Surrounded by moorlands, Todmorden is an ideal base for mountain biking, bird watching, horse riding, walking, fell running and bouldering. For more hardened hikers the Calderdale Way, Pennine Way and Mary Towneley Loop pass through Todmorden or there's a walk up to the impressive Stoodley Pike Monument, built to commemorate the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
If you fancy something more relaxing, take a gentle stroll along the Rochdale Canal towpath, taking in the award-winning Fielden Wharf. Whatever you chose, there are plenty of charming pubs, cafés and tea rooms from the hilltops to the valley bottom where you can take a break and enjoy the beautiful views.
Todmorden Information Centre has a wide range of information and brochures covering both Todmorden and Calderdale and sells a wide range of souvenirs, maps, cards and books about Todmorden.
Todmorden’s ‘Incredible Edible’ movement has attracted international and royal attention. From its beginnings with herb gardens, Incredible Edible has planted and grown vegetables and trees around Todmorden and moved on to planting several orchards. They work with public bodies around the town to provide cookery demonstrations, free tastings, help organise the Todmorden Incredible Foodie Fortnight and plant and look after vegetable & herb beds and fruit trees all over the town – providing food to share with anyone who wants to pick it.
The 121 foot (37 m) high Stoodley Pike Monument dominates the skyline above Todmorden, sitting atop Stoodley Pike, a 1,300-foot (400 m) hill. The monument was designed in 1854 by local architect James Green, and completed in 1856 at the end of the Crimean War. There is no vehicular or bicycle access to the monument but it is accessible by well-defined Right of Way footpaths. The Monument contains a spiral staircase of 39 steps, accessed from its north side, giving you an even more impressive view of the surrounding countryside!
Todmorden Town Hall is a fantastic Grade I listed building, with many tales to tell. When you visit, call in at the new Heritage Centre. Free guided ‘Taster Tours’ of the Town Hall are available the first Sunday of each month (except January) with regular ‘Total Tours’ on certain dates throughout the year to access the secret spaces normally off limits to the public. Prepare to be amazed by the Town Hall’s imposing architecture.