12. Hills and Mills of Cornholme

Hills and Mills of Cornholme

Explore the stunning landscape around Cornholme and its rich history of farming, water-powered mills, non-conformism and a bustling industrial village. Once a thriving mill village, very little now remains of Cornholme’s textile past but its origins can be discovered by taking a walk up out of the valley onto ‘the tops’, revealing how the landscape has shaped the lives of the people who have lived and worked in this area of the Upper Calder valley. Although the twentieth century demise of the textile industry has transformed the appearance of this once bustling community, many clues to its varied history remain and are highlighted in this trail, not least its stunning natural landscape.

About the Trail


This 7 km (4 mile) trail will take you 2-3 hours including stops. A shorter version of the walk is possible by cutting back to Cornholme village from Shore Chapel. A longer linear walk would be possible by joining the ‘Todmorden Tops’ trail (no.9) at Hartley Royd, to walk back down to Todmorden (6.5 miles).


Quite a strenuous walk. A steep incline at the beginning and a steep descent at the end. Well-defined tracks and field paths, some uneven ground, several stiles, a couple of sections can be boggy, especially after rain.


The trail starts and ends at the Old Library Community Centre, on Parkside Road.

To read the script for the audio commentary, please click here  Cornholme

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