Cornholme Factfile

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Start and Finish.

The walk starts and finishes at The Old Library, 1 Parkside Road, Cornholme. 01706 813222. 

The postcode is OL14 8QA, and the OS Grid reference: SD 907 264

Buses: There are frequent buses between Todmorden (coming from Rochdale or Halifax) and Burnley, 592, 589. Get off at the Waggon and Horses stop in Cornholme.

Parking: The lay-by on the main road can be used for parking; coming from Todmorden, pass the Waggon and Horses, go under the bridge, lay-by on the right, adjacent to Bobbin Mill flats and Parkside Road

Themes and Highlights

Once a thriving mill village, very little now remains of Cornholme’s  textile past but its origins can be discovered by taking a walk up out of the valley onto ‘the tops’. 

In the seventeenth century and earlier, remote farmsteads and hamlets, out of necessity, practised a dual economy of basic agriculture combined with handloom-weaving, relying on hillside packhorse routes for communication with the outside world. Transport links were improved in the late eighteenth century with the turnpike road, and later, the construction of the railway.

The technology of textile manufacture and the ancillary trade of bobbin-making were first adapted for small-scale water-powered manufacture, then for large- scale steam-powered mills in the valley bottom.This led to the creation of the industrial village of Cornholme, with its terraces of mill workers’ houses, schools, places of worship and entertainment and an almost self-sufficient range of shops.

Although the twentieth century demise of the textile industry has transformed the appearance of this once bustling community, many clues to its varied history remain and are highlighted in this trail, not least its stunning natural landscape.


This 6.5 km (4 mile) trail will take you 2-3 hours including stops.

The map on the App is a small folded paper icon, usually found in top right hand corner on your device screen.

A shorter version of the walk is possible by cutting back to Cornholme village from Shore Chapel.

A longer linear walk would be possible by joining the ‘Tod Tops’trail (no. 9) at Hartley Royd, to walk back down to Todmorden (6.5 miles).

How strenuous

Quite a strenuous walk. A steep incline at the beginning and a less steep descent at the end. 

Ground conditions, stiles and steps.

Well-defined tracks and field paths,some uneven ground, several stiles, a couple of sections can be boggy,especially after rain. 


*    Watch out for steep drops beside the route.

*    Watch out for speeding traffic on Pudsey Road.

*    Sheep farming area, its essential to keep dogs on leads.

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