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Start and Finish

The trail starts and finishes at the Stubbing Wharf Hotel near Hebden Bridge. 

The postcode is HX7 2LX and the grid reference is SD96718 32023.

To get to the beginning of the walk at the STUBBING WHARF HOTEL from Hebden Bridge, walk along the canal towpath for about 10 minutes towards Todmorden or take any bus, getting off at the King Street stop and walking 100 metres back.

Themes and Highlights

There are three main highlights of this trail: the canal, built in the late 18th century is a real feat of engineering; there are also hidden remnants of 19th century industrial heritage and fantastic views of the Calder Valley.


This 5km/3 mile e-Trail starts off along the canal, then heads up the picturesque wooded valley of Jumble Hole Clough and returns along the hillside, with spectacular views of the Calder Valley. The trail will take you about 2 hours (a bit longer if you have children with you).

How strenuous

The first part of the route is on flat ground, followed by a steady climb uphill for about 20 minutes. Having reached the top you gently drop down gain to the valley floor.

Ground conditions, stiles and steps 

The trail is mostly on good tracks, but one or two stretches can get muddy after rain. One short downhill section on a cobbled path can be slippery when wet.

Published by: Pennine Horizons Project with Charlestown History Group

Where to find further information


If you look at the Charlestown website  you will find some early photographs of the mills and other sites on the route. The site also provides more detailed information about the area of Charlestown.

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