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Places to stay in Todmorden
Sitting on the edge of West Yorkshire just 17 miles from Manchester, Todmorden is a hidden gem and will certainly make an impression on anyone visiting the market town. The centre of Todmorden occupies the confluence of three steep-sided Pennine valleys to create the oddly-shaped settlement, which is built on Bronze Age foundations.
During the Industrial Revolution, the town became a major cotton producer, leading to the creation of much of its architecture - several large mills continue to dominate the skyline, alongside a Greek Revival town hall and countless building styles that give a truly unique element to this Pennine Way-based area.
YHA Mankinholes, our small yet perfectly-formed hostel in Todmorden, offers fantastic self-catering facilities in this quiet area of Yorkshire. The building is a former 16th century manor house and sits on the edge of extensive moorland, making it the perfect place to start a mountain biking trip on the celebrated public footpaths that the area has to offer.
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Five Free Things To Do In Todmorden
Get on the Pennine Way
As one of the best-known public footpaths in the whole of the UK, the Pennine Way runs from Edale to the Scottish border. While you may never do all 268 miles of it, the views around Todmorden on this fabulous path are unmissable.
Centre Vale Park
Todmorden's park is the setting for a number of pieces of local art, such as tree carvings by the sculptor John Adamson. The reconstructed remains of Centre Vale Mansion are also here, as is Todmorden War Memorial in the Garden of Remembrance.
Stoodley Pike Monument
A 121ft-high tower is there for all to see at the summit of 1,300ft Stoodley Pike, making it a sight that dominates Todmorden's moors; it is used as a landmark on the Pennine Way.
Walk the Calderdale Way
This long-distance footpath goes on for around 50 miles in West Yorkshire and was devised in the 1970s to showcase the district's attractions, passing through settlements such as Ripponden, Mankinholes, Todmorden, Heptonstall, Holdsworth, Shelf and Brighouse.
While not a castle in a traditional sense, Dobroyd is nonetheless worth a look. Originally built for John Fielden - a local mill owner - this one-time mansion house became a school, then a Buddhist retreat centre, before being transformed into an activity centre for primary schools.