Sam Hill Factfile

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Start and Finish
The trail starts and finishes at St Bartholomew’s Church in the centre of Ripponden. The postcode is HX6 4DF and the OS Grid reference is SE04055 19769

To come by bus take the  Halifax, (651\652) Hebden Bridge (900, 901) or Rochdale (X58).Get off at the bus stop by the Brig Royd surgery. Bus numbers may change, please check:

If you come by car, there are two car parks in the centre of Ripponden. Take the B6113 signposted Greetland, after 200 metres at the bottom of the hill, take a right turn called Mill Fold Way to a car park.

Themes and Highlights

In the early 1700s, well before the industrial revolution, Sam Hill made millions with his strong business sense.  He was known, in his time, as ‘one of the greatest manufacturers in the kingdom’ – and all this happened in our seemingly quiet Ryburn Valley. He transformed the sleepy hamlet of Soyland and the area around Ripponden and Kebroyd into a highly profitable hub of international wool trading.

You will discover that while his ‘empire’ of mills, grand houses and property spread across this industrious valley, his personal life was dogged by trials and tribulations. Come and find out about Sam Hill.


This 3½ mile (5.6km) e-Trail will take you about 2½ hours (a bit longer if you have children with you).

How strenuous?

There are two steep hills, and two steep downhills.

Ground conditions; stiles and steps

The trail is mostly on good paths, but one or two stretches can get quite muddy after rain. There are several stiles and some gates on the route.


Take care when crossing the main road.

Some of the trail is on narrow lanes with some traffic, so be particularly aware if you are taking children with you.

Parts of the route may also be slippery in wet weather.

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