Explore Calderdale’s green and pleasant land

Calderdale, West Yorkshire

It’s easy to get happily lost in Calderdale as you discover how this landscape has changed and inspired across the centuries.

For centuries the Calder Valley was considered an inhabitable wilderness, a notorious refuge for criminals, and the final British Celtic kingdom to fall to the Angles. In the early 1800s it became the cradle of the Industrial Revolution with its magnificent textile mills. 

The area’s captivating landscape of sweeping moors, dramatic hills and winding canals inspired Poet Laureate Ted Hughes. Throughout his lifetime in the 1900s he will have watched in awe as the region changed rapidly. Today it is still inspiring visitors and is a wonderfully vibrant and creative part of England. 

Calderdale is a haven to liberal communities and artisans. Welcoming, cosmopolitan towns and villages such as Hebden Bridge, Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge buzz with their own unique charms. 

Calderdale is in West Yorkshire. Local train station Halifax is approximately 3 hours north of London by train.

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