Walking, Cycling and Horse Riding routes around Todmorden
Todmorden Town Trail - Explore Todmorden, discovering the role of the Fielden family and some of the main town landmarks. This is a 3.5 mile (6km) walk with two steep inclines at the beginning and halfway through the trail. Maps are available from our online Shop or in person at Todmorden Information Centre. The script for audio commentary can be read here.
Centre Vale Park
Centre Vale Park consists of 33 hectares of mature oak and beech woodland intersected by woodland walks and open parkland. It offers visitors the chance to relax in a green, open space and to enjoy the all weather 5-a-side football pitches, bowling greens, children's play area, skate park and cycle way.
It is ideal for walking, sports and formal recreation, picnics and family outings. The public toilets are to the east of the park. Centre Vale Park has been awarded the coveted Green Flag status and the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Fields status.
The Calderdale Way is a 50 mile (80 km) walk exploring the hills, moors and valleys of Calderdale. It is an ‘up and down’ journey with few level sections. However, the higher levels provide some exceptionally fine panoramic views. The main and link routes to the valley bottom are designed so that they can be completed in short stages.
The walk encircles Halifax, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, following old packhorse ways across the open gritstone hillsides with sections of traditional stone causeway, passing through hillside villages and old mill towns on the banks of the River Calder. There are numerous link paths which connect the Calderdale Way to the valley floor. A short diversion along the Pennine Way takes in the popular walk to the 100ft monument, Stoodley Pike.
The Paulinus Way
This is an amazing new pilgrim and heritage way created for the 21st century, which starts in the market town of Todmorden in West Yorkshire and retraces the steps of St Paulinus until it reaches the historic city of York.
St Paulinus is a symbol of hope and determination. He was part of the Augustine mission to Britain, which is recognised by many as perhaps one of the most important times in the development of the peoples of Britain. St. Paulinus is recognised as a Northern pioneer and his amazing achievements earned him the people's title 'God's Apostle to the North'.
The Paulinus Way can be enjoyed as a heritage, cultural, faith, wildlife, ecological, cycle or motor route, or simply as an adventure!
Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along a lovely section of the Rochdale Canal. The route starts in Todmorden and heads east along the towpath, passing Millwood, Lobb Mill, Eastwood, Charlestown and Calderside before coming into Hebden Bridge. It follows the flat towpath for just under 5 miles, and along the way there's several pretty locks, old bridges, historic mills and nice views of the River Calder which runs alongside part of the canal.
The Mary Towneley Loop
The Mary Towneley Loop is a 47 mile (76 km) circular route that forms part of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail, along the borders of Lancashire and Yorkshire. It is named in memory of Lady Towneley, who drew attention to the poor state of England's bridleways and the need for a long-distance route for horse-riders. A map of the route is available to download here.
For more information about any of these walks, maps, books and leaflets can be bought in our online Shop or from the Todmorden Information Centre.
Todmorden Sports Centre
You will find Todmorden Sports Centre overlooking the beautiful grounds of Centre Vale Park. The centre offers a wide range of excellent leisure facilities with a 25 metre swimming pool at its core. There is a well-equipped gym, fitness studio and dance studio; all air conditioned for your comfort. Outside the centre is a flood lit football pitch and tennis courts. Daily classes are held for all abilities.
For more information, please visit the Todmorden Sports Centre website.