The Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale was created in 1974 as one of five such boroughs in West Yorkshire.
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Other than Halifax, which was a County Borough, Calderdale was formed from boroughs and districts previously in the huge West Riding of Yorkshire. The Pennine hills occupy a major part of the area. The river Calder, which gives its name to the area rises in the north of the county.
Cities and Towns
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- Halifax - by far the largest.
- Todmorden - previously a borough is in the far north-west and was once on the boundary between Lancashire and the West Riding.
- Hebden Bridge - lower down the Calder, has abrogated the name of 'the Pennine Centre.'
- Heptonstall - a small but immensely historical village above Hebden Bridge.
- Sowerby Bridge - between Hebden Bridge and Halifax where the Rochdale Canal meets the Calder and Hebble Navigation.
Sights and Activities
- In Halifax: Victorian Town Hall, Piece Hall ( open air walled area surrounded by two or three storey arcades of shops where domestic weavers of wool used to bring their 'pieces') The Gibbet, a device like a Guilletine that accounts for the old adage 'From Hell. Hull and Halifax, Good Lord deliver us', industrial landscape at Dean Clough, old market area.Shibden Hall with many old workshops and grounds with a number of activities for children.
- In Todmorden: Italianate Town Hall, Unitarian Church, Old Quaker burial ground, Old villages of Lumbutts and Mankinholes, Rochdale Canal.
- In Hebden Bridge: Canal marina, old packhorse bridges, high buildings comprising houses on top of other houses opening to a different road.
- In Heptonstall: Last handloom weaver's cottage, very early Wesleyan Church, churchyard with a church and its predecessor (now a ruin), old grammar school (now a small but fascinating museum,) square with different type of cobbles.
- Long distance footpaths - The Pennine Way runs through Calderdale en route from Derbyshire to Scotland.
- The Calderdale Way traverses the town.
- There are any number of great walks in the area without ever leaving Calderdale. Near to Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall is a beautiful wooded area of Hardcastle Crags, owned by the National Trust with Gibson Mill, originally powered by water, recently restored and providing its own power.
Events and Festivals
- There is a Todmorden Boundary Walk every year during May organised by the Rotary Club with proceeds to charity.Details can be found at:http://www.hebdenbridge.co.uk/charitywalk/
- A Pace Egg Play is held in Heptonstall on Good Fridays.
- A Duck Race takes place in Hebden bridge on Easter Monday.
- In Todmorden the [b]Carnival is held in May and the Agricultural Show in June.
- A Vintage Car Rally takes place every year in Hebden Bridge on the weekend of the first Sunday in August.
More than average rainfall over the Pennines. Sometimes the valley areas and the heights can differ profoundly - in either direction - in visibility and temperature.
Nearest airports are Manchester International Airport and Leeds/Bradford Airport.
A minor rail route from Manchester to Leeds stops at Walsden, Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Halifax. The line from Blackpool to Leeds has stops at Hebden Bridge and Halifax.
Buses to/from Burnley, Rochdale, Bradford Leeds, Huddersfield are those included at Halifax. All pass through a number of other places in Calderdale.
Only private transport on the Rochdale Canal.
There are local services based on Todmorden and Hebden Bridge as wel as the many local buses in Halifax.
Trips from the Hebden Bridge Marina.
- The Packhorse (aka The Ridge) - reached from Hebden Bridge - in a pleasant moorland situation near the Pennine Way.
- The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden - placard claims it as 'probably' the oldest inn in Yorkshire.
Both these are 'chip-free zones' but very popular for meals.
- Above Todmorden The Top Brink and The Shepherd's Rest are both in scenic locations around Lumbutts.