Todmorden is a pleasant town in Calderdale in West Yorkshire; it is considerably less visited than its better known neighbour, Hebden Bridge. 'Tod' is at the far west of Calderdale, bordering on Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Before the 1970s Todmorden was a borough in the West Riding of Yorkshire and at one time the county boundary between the West Riding and Lancashire was in part the brook that runs under the town hall.
Todmorden is on the railway line from Manchester and Rochdale to Halifax, Bradford and Leeds. There is a direct line to Burnley and Blackburn, and connections to Preston and Blackpool from there or from the neighbouring station of Hebden Bridge.
There are regular buses to Burnley, Halifax and Rochdale and less frequent ones to Bacup across the Lancashire border and on to Bolton and Bury. Note that since Todmorden lies on the administrative border of three bus zones, extra tickets may be required on routes towards Lancashire (Burnley) and Greater Manchester (Rochdale).
The Pennine Way, a footpath which runs from Derbyshire into the Borders region of Scotland passes within the town's boundaries. A particularly popular place on it is the monument to the dead of the Napoleonic wars at Stoodley Pike.
The local bus services operated by First are reliable and pleasant although somewhat expensive. However, to use the service around Calderdale, and into Lancashire and Greater Manchester you can buy a ticket which lasts all day. The ticket can be purchased from the driver.
There are two railway stations in the Todmorden area: Todmorden and Walsden.
Taxis are plentiful, cheap and safe.
- The conservation villages of Lumbutts and Mankinholes, by the T6 or T8 bus, if you don't want to walk.
- The Rochdale Canal has some of its most attractive and interesting stretches within the town's boundary.
- Todmorden Old Hall is a Grade 1 listed building that dates from Tudor times and was once a post office.
- The Town Hall is an imposing building at the centre of the town, designed by John Gibson of Westminster. Its pediment is in fine carved stone with two central female figures on a pedestal. The left hand one represents Lancashire (cotton spinning and weaving industries) and the right hand one Yorkshire (engineering and agriculture).
- Todmorden Art Group is just a couple of minutes walk from the Town Hall. On Platform One Gallery, The Old Parcels Office, Todmorden Railway Station, Todmorden, OL14 7AA and is well worth a visit. They hold regular monthly exhibitions and are open to the public Thursday-Sunday 11am-4pm. The Group is a non-profit making organisation that is dedicated to providing work space for local Arts & Crafts people. The Group is organised and run by its members on a voluntary basis and is self financing.
- Some feel that the market has declined somewhat of recent years, but is still worth visiting. It was once well known as the only one for some miles open on Good Friday.
- Walking, cycling, fishing and horse riding are all widely practiced in the area. The town lies alongside the Pennine Way, Pennine Bridleway, Mary Towneley Loop and Calderdale Way.
- The park is part of local flood defences and inaccessible during heavy rain but during better weather contains football fields, a children's play area, and a bandstand
- The Hippodrome Theatre shows films as well as putting on live amateur performances of a high standard, regularly winning regional theatre awards.
- Todmorden Cricket Club, despite being in Yorkshire, is a member of the well-know Lancashire Cricket League and games are played at its ground adjacent to the park.
- If you're in Todmorden at the weekend it may be worth taking a bus or driving to nearby Burnley to watch a football game involving Burnley FC. The team made it to the Premier League for the 2009/10 season but subsequently returned to the Championship for the 2010/11 season. They achieved promotion back to the Premier League in 2014 by finishing runners-up in the Championship.
- Rochdale FC is also close if you're using bus or train or driving. They will play in League 1 in the 2014/15 season.
- Manchester United and Manchester City are close by on the train (25 to 40 mins on the train to Central Manchester)
- Todmorden has an interesting market, both indoors and inside the Market Hall.
- There are two good secondhand bookshops one of which, Borders, specialises in sport books and, in particular, cricket.
- There is also a number of antique shops and galleries (including Bare Arts which doubles as a brewery).
- Platform One Gallery The Old Parcels Office, Todmorden Railway Station, Todmorden, OL14 7AA is just a couple of minutes walk from the market and sells affordable, original, pieces of art. Open Thursday-Sunday 11am-4pm .
- At the Toy Shop with a nostalgic (and slightly chaotic) Toy and Model Museum in its basement.
- The Bear Shop, below the Bear Cafe (see below) on Rochdale Rd., stocks organically produced, local and Fairtrade food, both fresh and frozen.
- The Bear Cafe 29, Rochdale Road. This is an informal vegetarian cafe with a high reputation. Vegans options are available always and special diets can be catered for with advanced notice. Mon-Sat: 9.30am – 4.30pm Sunday: 11.30am – 4pm.
- Todmorden Old Hall.
- Scaitcliffe Hall.
- Hanuman - bar and Thai restaurant
- The Tapas Bar - Spanish Tapas, with a super £10 tea time menu betwen 4pm and 6pm. Open Wednesday to Saturday, and Sundays before a bank holiday Monday
The pubs below are also popular for food.
- Staff Of Life - On the main road towards burnley
- The Top Brink - Perfectly situated to drop in on a walk to Stoodley Pike
There are numerous pubs and wine bars in the town centre as well as the Shepherd's Rest and the Top Brink at Lumbutts.
Todmorden is a beautiful town and the locals are very friendly. You should not encounter any problems if you act as you would anywhere else.
As well as the surrounding countryside, which is beautiful and good for walking, the great cities of Manchester and Leeds are only a train ride away.