Power in the Landscape factfile

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Start and Finish.

The trail begins at Colden, on ‘the tops’ above Hebden Bridge.The beginning of the trail is best accessed by a short bus ride from Hebden Bridge. To get to the beginning of the walk take the 'E' Blackshaw bus (596) from the main bus stop on New Road, Hebden Bridge, just down from the Picture House. Ask to be put off at Smithy Lane bus stop near Colden School (about a 15 minute ride) and take the waymarked track on the other side of the road.  The grid reference is: SD 96300 28423

Alternatively you can walk up the track from Mytholm Church to Colden, which will take you about 45 minutes. If you are coming by car, you can park in the New Delight car park, providing you visit the pub at the beginning or end of the walk. The postcode is HX7 7HT and the OS grid reference is SD 96218 28196.

Themes and Highlights.

This trail will show you how the first mills were powered, with an intricate system of capturing and storing water from the moors.


This 10km/6 mile e-Trail starts  at Colden School, runs up the Colden Valley and returns down Colden Clough to Mytholm, near Hebden Bridge. The trail will take you about 4 hours (a bit longer if you linger at the New Delight).

How strenuous

Mainly downhill, with one short section of path on a slope.

Ground conditions, stiles and steps. 

Mostly on good tracks, but two stretches can get muddy after rain and the last stretch through Colden Clough is quite uneven. There are a couple of short sections which are on the edge of a steep drop and there are two sets of steep steps.


Some of the trail follows the edge of waterways, so be particularly aware if you are taking children with you.

Keep to the paths, as there are some steep drops in the surrounding area.Watch out for fast traffic when crossing the main road.

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