2. Power in the Landscape

Power in the Landscape

Hudson Mill, Jack Bridge

Power in the Landscape – A wander down the beautiful Colden Valley, uncovering early 19th century water powered industry.

This trail will show you how the first mills were powered with an intricate system of capturing and storing water from the moors.

About the Trail


This 10 km (6 mile) e-Trail starts off at Colden School, runs up the Colden Valley and returns down Colden Clough to Mytholm, near Hebden Bridge. The trail will take you about 4 hours (a bit longer if you linger at the New Delight).

How strenuous:

Mainly downhill, with one short section of path on a slope.

Start & Finish:

The trail begins at Colden on ‘the tops’ above Hebden Bridge. The beginning of the trail is best accessed by a short bus ride from Hebden Bridge. To get to the beginning of the walk take the 596 Blackshaw bus from the main bus stops on New Road, Hebden Bridge, just down from the Picture House. Ask to be put off at Smithy Lane bus stop near Colden School (about a 15 minute ride) and take the waymarked walled track on the other side of the road.

Alternatively, you can walk up the track from Mytholm Church to Colden, which will take you about 45 minutes. If you are coming by car, you can park in the New Delight car park, providing you visit the pub at the beginning or end of the walk. (Postcode: HX7 7HT, GRID: SD 96217 28197).

To read the script for the audio commentary, please click here Power In the Landscape

Listen to the E-trail commentaries at home

If you don’t have a mobile phone or tablet, don’t worry.  You can also listen to the E-trails on your computer at home by clicking  HERE.