Gaddings Dam is an 1833 earth embankment dam located on top of the moors between Todmorden and Walsden. Constructed to supply water to the mills of Lumbutts, the reservoir fell into disuse when the mills began to use steam power.
Slated to be drained in 2001 due to its poor condition, the reservoir was rescued by a determined group of locals who bought the dam, repaired it, and now continue to maintain it to the standards required by the regulations.
There is no road access to Gaddings Dam, it can only be reached by a steep hike on a rough footpath to the top of the moors. The nearest vehicle access point is the Shepherd’s Rest pub on Lumbutts road. Parking is very limited, there is room for only about a dozen cars.
Stoodley Pike is a 1,300-foot hill in the south Pennines, noted for the 121 feet Stoodley Pike Monument at its summit, which dominates the moors of the upper Calder Valley and the market town of Todmorden. The Monument is located near the villages of Mankinholes and Lumbutts, West Yorkshire, England
Centre Vale Park is located less than half-a-mile from Todmorden Town Centre. Famous for hosting popular regional outdoor events, like:
- the National Crown Green Bowling Club Championships; and
- the Todmorden Agricultural Show;
Centre Vale Park offers a unique outdoor environment, close to an urban centre.
Close to the Long Causeway and just east of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, are the Bridestones, outcrops of millstone grit rocks and boulders which are ½ a mile long. Amongst these rocky outcrops are a number of odd-shaped formations that have been caused by weather-related erosion over thousands, if not millions of years. One huge boulder in particular, known as ‘The Great Bridestone’ is fantastically shaped at its base, looking like an up-turned bottle, as if it might topple over at any moment.
There are a number of myths and legends associated with The Bridestones, many of these going back to the mists of time. More recently, perhaps, there are a number of local traditions that have become connected to the place and its many, strange-shaped rocks and boulders.
The River Calder is in West Yorkshire, in Northern England. The Calder rises on the eastern slopes of the Pennines and flows through green countryside, former woollen-mill villages, and large and small towns before joining the River Aire near Castleford. The river’s valley is generally known as the Calder Valley.