11. Co-operatives & Visions – Radical history around Hebden Bridge

Co-operatives & Visions – Radical history around Hebden Bridge

The second of two walks introducing sites associated with the early radical social movements of the Upper Calder Valley while enjoying its unique topography and scenery.

On this walk you will see where the longest workers’ production cooperative in English history was housed, see where Emmeline Pankhurst addressed crowds of striking mill workers about female suffrage, rest where local Clarion Socialist Choirs used to sing on days out and learn about an early vision for an Arcadia at Eaves, a vision later realised thanks to the Wheatley Housing Act.

This trail (and the accompanying one starting from Todmorden) will take you back to the earlier roots of the contemporary cooperative spirit of the Upper Calder Valley; to the Chartists, the Suffragettes, Workers’ Cooperatives, the Trade Union Movement, the early housing cooperatives and the radical Clarion Cycle Club. You will visit the spots associated with the predecessors of the Upper Calder Valley’s present day radicalism, not only the buildings of the Industrial Revolution but also the open spaces surrounding them where people gathered both to protest and to enjoy life.

About the Trail


The trail is about 13km (8 miles) taking about 4-5 hours with rests and refreshments. (It can be done in two halves if you prefer shorter walks).

How strenuous:

This walk involves some fairly steep climbs and descents which would be described as moderate difficulty in walking guides. It requires walking boots and certainly should not be undertaken in very rainy and misty weather.

Not suitable for very young children.

Start & Finish:

The trail begins at Hebden Bridge Railway Station. (Postcode: HX7 6JE, Grid reference: SD 995 268).

To get to the start of this walk by bus or train use the regular buses and trains from Halifax, Leeds, Manchester, Burnley and Rochdale.

To read the script for the audio commentary, please click here Cooperatives and Visions

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