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Power in the Landscape

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).

Where to download the app:

For iPhone/iPad: Go to the Apple Store from your iPhone or iPad & search for Pennine Horizons. ** For iPads you must select the tab 'for iPhone only', or it will not find the Pennine Horizon App.

For Android: Open the Play Store & search for Pennine Horizons. Click on the application & follow the instructions to download.

Where to buy a guide:

The guide is available in various bookshops & Tourist Information Centres around the area.

You can also buy a copy, by popping in to the Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG. Or dropping us a line at info@pennine-horizons.org.uk or calling on 01422 844450.

More information

For more information: If you have been inspired to find out more, have a look at images and information on the ATC website powerinthelandscape.co.uk. Here you will find further photographs, maps and facts about water power.

With thanks to; Hebden Bridge Local History Society and Richard Peters for the images in the e-Trails guide. Also to the Alternative Technology Centre for their support developing the walk.