TodmordenCragg Vale

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Todmorden and Cragg Vale.

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Grid Ref SD9356224176
Lat / Lon 53.71398° / -2.09902°
Easting / Northing 393,562E / 424,176N
What3Words garden.allowable.bloodshot
Cragg Vale
Grid Ref SE0014023260
Lat / Lon 53.70578° / -1.99936°
Easting / Northing 400,140E / 423,260N
What3Words jeeps.tourist.snacking

Todcra One's land is

Moors 35.5%
Natural grass 10.5%
Pasture 29.5%
Peat bogs 1.0%
Urban 14.4%
Water 3.4%
Woods 6.3%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



09 Apr 2022

This is a lovely walk in either direction, mostly following the Calderdale Way so it is well waymarked for the most part (but see 'Potential route difficulties' below). Midway, the route passes over the ridge followed by the Pennine Way which, at some 400m high, is quite exposed in poor weather conditions.
There is a particularly fine section paved with 'causey stones' up to the ridge from Lambutts but - beware! - some of the puddles are deceptive on the descent on the other side from Withens Gate. Your reviewer ended up thigh deep in gloopy mud after stepping into one very innocuous-looking one!
Otherwise there is much of interest, and some great views and countryside to be enjoyed. The route passes the home of William Holt ('weaver, author, inventor, traveller, humanist', etc) and a headstone nearby marking the grave of his horse, Trigger.
There is much of the area's former industrial heritage too to be seen around Lambutts, with four small dams and a delightful piece of woodland - and a fine pub, the 'Top Brink', very well worth seeking out just off the route in the village.

Potential route difficulties
1. After leaving Todmorden and crossing over the Rochdale canal, continue up Kilnhurst Road to regain the route above the new housing estate (still under construction at the time of writing) which, for the time being at least, has obliterated the right of way on the footpath shown on the OS map and also suggested by the Slow Ways map online.
2. The path between Kilnhurst and Lambutts passes through a very steep-sided piece of woodland (where 'Slow the Flow' dams have been recently put in place to hold back future floods). For those less nimble on their feet, this section could be avoided by following the lane that runs nearer the bottom of Lambutts Clough below.
3. For those walking east to west, on passing the third of the dams before coming to the road in Lambutts, the footpath shown on the maps (i.e. a right on to the road, and then almost immediately left alongside the stream through the clough) is nonexistent, and probably has been so having been eroded away for years. Instead, turn left onto the road and, after 25m or so, the footpath is signposted instead right, behind the row of terraced houses and down into the clough itself. Those coming from the west from 'Tod' will have no problems as the path is obvious that when approaching Lambutts from that way - as long as you don't try and faithfully follow the map!.

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