TRAIN. By far the easiest and relaxing way to get here. There are good mainline connections from all over the UK to Leeds, York, Manchester and Preston (and connections from the airports at Manchester and Leeds).
There are regular direct trains to the Heart of the Pennines from Lancashire and Merseyside and from West, North and South Yorkshire.
Our stations are Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Walsden, with roughly four trains an hour on weekdays and two an hour at weekends.
There are three timetables, so it is usually easier to use National Rail enquiries
08 York via Leeds, Preston to Blackpool North
36 Leeds to Manchester via Dewsbury and Bradford
45 Leeds to Hebden Bridge
BUS There are direct buses from Halifax, Rochdale, Burnley (590-594 & 589) and Bacup (65).
CAR. For sustainability’s sake we recommend public transport, but if you come by car, there are car parks in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Luddenden and Hardcastle Crags, but they can get very busy at weekend and market days.
BUS. We’re well-served by buses which allows you to do linear walks by combining with buses. Plan your journey here.
Valley bottom buses (the Green Line) – a regular service runs along the valley bottom between Halifax through Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge to Todmorden, Walsden and Cornholme (and beyond).
T buses will get you up on to the tops above Todmorden without the slog! there’s a route map here
595-599 buses will do the same above Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd there’s a route map here
483 bus takes you from Todmorden to Bacup and Rawtenstall – good for accessing the high moors there’s a route map here
900/901 buses start in Hebden Bridge and travel out on to the high moors over to Huddersfield there’s a timetable here
906 bus is a great bus for walking, starting in Hebden Bridge, going up to the Pennine Way at Widdop and to the start of Hardcastle Crags. Only weekends from May to October there’s a timetable here
If you are a walking group and want transporting on the 906 route on a weekday, Calderdale Community Transport will provide a mini bus. Contact them via their website
500 bus will take you from Hebden Bridge to Haworth, ideal for walking between the two towns there’s a route map here
Or you can come by canal boat from Manchester or Leeds!
This Lithograph by A.F.Tait dated 1845 is from Views of the Manchester & Leeds Railway. It shows the railway and canal winding through the valley at Whiteley Arches, West of Hebden Bridge.
Photo from Hebden Bridge Local History Society
There are several taxi companies in the area:
Todmorden (01706) 810555, 818525, 814494
Hebden Bridge (01422) 844070, 845555, 07766494918
Mytholmroyd (01422) 885544, 524001
Our local walkers’ Action groups have produced 3 booklets of walks you can do using the networks of local buses. Bus walks make it easy to do linear walks and can get you up on to the tops without a big effort!
Cycling here is excellent. There are separate guides to the Todmorden area and the Hebden Bridge area, and National Cycle Route 66 runs mostly along the Rochdale Canal towpath (sections temporarily closed due to flood damage).