Todmorden Tops & the Fielden Dynasty
This circular walk takes you over the hilltops to the north and west of Todmorden to enjoy a landscape forged by nature and the Fielden Dynasty.
The walk takes you up onto the hills to the north and west of Todmorden. On the way you will see how aspects of the landscape have been formed by the inhabitants of the area, chiefly lead by members of the Fielden family through the generations.
The Fielden story is also told in the Walk around Todmorden with the Fieldens e-Trail.
About the Trail
The walk is about 13 km (approx 8 miles) and should take about 4 hours to complete. There are two points on the route where an easy short return into Todmorden could be made..
There are two long, continuous, often steep climbs onto the hills around Todmorden. There isone short stretch with exposure to a long drop at the side of the hill.
Start & Finish:
The walk starts and finishes at the centre of Todmorden, close to the railway and bus stations as well as several public car parks. (Postcode: OL14 5AQ, OS grid reference: SD 93689 24182).
The start of the trail is best accessed by taking a bus ride from Halifax, Hebden Bridge or Littleborough or by train on the Manchester - Leeds line. If you are coming by car, there is limited car parking in the centre of Todmorden.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling on 01422 844450.
Jim Jarrett provided much of the information for the trail and his website is a great source of information.
The Fielden Family tree may also provide useful, click here to open PDF.
To find out more about Todmorden and its history www.todmordenandwalsden.co.uk is a good place to start.
To find out more about the Fieldens you could visit www.fielden-society.btik.com.
With thanks to; Linda Croft, Jim Jarett, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society, Stansfield and David Raven and the Megalithic Portal.