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Stoodley Pike

Stoodley Pike

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Introduction

Todmorden is now part of the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale. It was previously a borough in the very large West Riding of Yorkshire. Many of its inhabitants, Todmordians, feel that it has been taken over by Halifax whereas many in Halifax felt that they were being taken over by the West Riding - in spite of the fact that the West Riding ceased to exist as a local government entity at the time of Calderdale's foundation.

Waterworks tower, Lumbutts, Todmorden

Waterworks tower, Lumbutts, Todmorden

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Understand

In some ways Todmorden is an anomaly, more so than many border towns. It is in Yorkshire since it is in Calderdale and Calderdale is in Yorkshire. Yet its post code is OL14, linking it to Oldham in Greater Manchester and it plays in the Lancashire League for cricket. Its industrial history leans more towards Lancashire cotton than Yorkshire wool. At this point it might seem to be a Lancashire town that has got into Yorkshire by mistake but it is not so simple. When canals were the latest mode of transport, Todmorden was linked to the Yorkshire side first, the stretch between Todmorden and Littleborough in Lancashire being the last completed. Then the same thing was true of the railways! With both modes of transport these were the first Lancashire/Yorkshire links but in each case they were relegated to secondary status in quite a short time by links via Huddersfield.

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Sights and Activities

  • Town Hall - an Italianate building now rather too imposing for the size of the town.
Todmorden Town Hall

Todmorden Town Hall

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  • Unitarian Church
  • St Mary's Church
  • Stoodley Pike - a tower on the Pennine Way above the town commemorating the dead of the Napoleonic Wars.
  • Todmorden Old Hall - now a restaurant, once a post office.

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Getting There

By Plane

The nearest airports are at Manchester and Leeds.

By Train

On the secondary line from Leeds, Bradford and Halifax to Rochdale and Manchester.

By Car

Todmorden is roughly in the centre of a triangle formed by Burnley in Lancashire, Rochdale in Greater Manchester and Halifax. The A646 connects it with Burnley and Halifax and the A6033 to Littleborough, part of the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale. About a mile from the centre on the latter road the A681 leads to Bacup in Lancashire.

By Bus

There are regular buses to Burnley, Halifax and Rochdale and less frequently to Bolton via Bacup.

By Boat

Todmorden is situated on a beautiful stretch of the Rochdale Canal.

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Getting Around

By Car

There are numerous attractive roads in the hamlets above Todmorden.

By Public Transport

Buses from T1 to T8 serve different parts of Todmorden from the central bus station.

By Foot

There is an official Boundary Walk every year and numerous paths in the hills and valleys.

By Bike

Cyclists make considerable use of bridleways and the canal towpath.

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Drink

Apart from a number of pubs in the centre, the following outling pubs are very popular

  • The Shepherd's Rest at Lumbutts.
  • The Top Brink at Lumbutts.
  • The Sportsmam's Arms at Kebs.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Lindores B and B TodmordenHalifax Roadapartment-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00

In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.

Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.

Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.

Post

The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

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